Simo: Well, I always wanted to unveil the truth to show what is hidden in our
society, and to show people what the reality is. That’s why I became a
reporter. But, since I’ve wanted to work, I’ve changed my vision on things
and I became a story teller of the society. I tell everything. I see, I
feel and I touch in the amazing life of a young Moroccan man, torn between
his original culture and traditions and what life is. I found that people like these kinds of stories. They like to be taken in other’s daily life with its own problems and events. So, I think that people are amazed by “gossip” stories, and it is the thing they
like the most.
UZURI: Have your stories ever been edited due to its politically dangerous content?
Simo: No. I don’t do politics or subjects related to religion...of course.
You’ll find people who are just here to criticize you! But, I just move on
and I don’t pay attention to them!
UZURI: Doing the job that you do, and accumulating people who love your work, do you find yourself being aggressively followed by women?
Simo: It is always a pleasure to be “liked” by people, whether it is man or
woman and it is always nice when you are asked to take pictures with
people. But, sometimes, when you get nasty text messages and mean
emails or messages, comments on facebook, it starts to become annoying and a
little disturbing but I have to live with it since I am a public person.
That’s the price of the fame!
UZURI: How does being a journalist affect your personal life?
Simo: As a rare showbiz reporter in Morocco, I can’t attend a party without
listening to guests saying : who invited him? Is he here to get some
gossip? Who will be criticized again? I hate that because it happens to me when I attend a party just to have a drink and fun without trying to be in the spotlight.
UZURI: Name the most interesting celebrities that you have met.
Simo: Nelson Mandela, Naomi Campbell, Queen Latifah , Haifa Wehbe,
Marcia Cross, and many others.
UZURI: What do you not like about your job?
Simo: There are a lot of things that I don’t like. First of all, the fact that I
can’t get a private life, every move is followed and commented by people.
Traveling all the time is such an exhausting thing and being hated
because you write or say something about a celebrity or a personality that
some people or fans don’t accept!
UZURI: What is the best thing about being a journalist?
Simo : Meeting some wonderful people, great ones! Your icons! Being everywhere, invited to big parties, wonderful places! Being in the V.I.P sections!
UZURI: What is your favorite city in the world?
Simo: Definitely New York! It’s a mix...of all the world cultures. It is one
place where you have a concentrate of all the world and it is amazing.
UZURI: How many languages do you speak?
Simo: Arabic, French, English and a little bit Italian.
UZURI: What are your thoughts about Lebanese singing sensation Waifa Wehbe?
Simo: She changed her destiny. I have got a huge respect for her. She is a real
friend and a sister, so down to earth despite her huge diva persona. By
the way, I am always proud to say that I was the only Moroccan invited to
her wedding last year, an unforgettable souvenir!