From her catfight with sexy singer Dewi Perssik, her Islamic call of prayer tattoo, provocative choice of film roles and questionable fashion sense, Julia Perez (Jupe) Â is no stranger to controversy.
The Indonesian singer and actress unquenchable thirst for the outrageous has reached greater heights when the 34-year-old announced that she is considering to conceive a baby via in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is non-permissible in the Islamic religion.
As expected, the news broke to a lot of backlash and criticisms from the republic’s 200 million-strong Muslims, including religious authority, the Indonesian Ulema Council.
However, Jupe advised the public to not blow her decision out of proportion.
“Keep calm, everyone. I am fully aware of the obligations I have to endure and I am ready to face the consequences.”
According to Jupe, she had longed for a child of her own but her dreams of a natural pregnancy was shattered when she recently split up with her Argentinian footballer boyfriend. She also stated her age makes childbearing difficult and risky.
Rumours are swirling that she had already kept her egg in a Penang facility, and an unidentified sperm donor was also set.
Addressing the public animosity, she retorted:
“We live in a country with laws. As a Muslim myself, I studied and concious about my rights. So the madness has to stop.”
Jupe is scheduled to fly to Penang to carry the process on Oct.9.
In the West, more and more women who have had complications in conceiving turned to the artifiacially-inseminated procedure as an alternative to get pregnant. In fact, it is the go-to solution for unmarried singles and homosexual couples to have a biological child.
It got so popular, that a slew of Hollywood stars like Celine Dion, Giuliana Rancic, Mariah Carey and Brooke Shields also joined the IVF bandwagon and successfully conceived children of their own.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID