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31 July 2003
Lene: "I just wanted to disappear"
Source : VG
"It became too much. I had to pull back," says Lene Marlin who considered putting music on the shelf for good.

The girl from Tromsø speaks for the first time in three years, and all of Norway waits in suspense for what Lene has to say. And throughout the 10 minute-long live interview on P1's 'Reiseradioen' today, Lene persisted several times that "Now I am being completely honest".

"Had to sleep"
"I needed to disappear. At the outset after I had pulled myself back, I just had to sleep," says Lene who was exhausted of the pop- lifestyle.
"It became too much to take at once. I had to pull myself out and ask myself what was effectively happening. I had to rediscover the pleasure of music. It had disappeared a bit, I have to say," explains Lene to reporter Synnøve Svabø.

Considered quitting
But if the subject is serious enough, then listeners can hear a happy and bubbly Lene speak about the experiences she has harvested - for good and for bad. On the question whether she at any point had considered dropping the career for good, the 22 year-old answers: "Yes. To be totally honest. For a long time I thought 'if', and not 'when' the next disc would come... I needed time to find out if I wanted to do that again," says Lene.

Sudden stop
Lene took listeners by storm when, as a 17 year-old, she appeared on the radio for the first time. But after chart success and four Spellemann-statuettes the young girl brought herself to a sudden stop.
"It was indeed all so overwhelming," says Lene who today lives in Oslo.

Good friends
On the question about who were her most important supporters, Lene answers: "Family and friends. I have been so lucky to meet people whom I couldn't be without," says Lene.

"Not simple"
Lene reveals that it was difficult to ward off the enormous interest from the outside world when she chose to take a break. "It was not simple, no," she says.
Today Lene is happy.
"I have had interesting experiences. Today I am of course happy that I am where I am, and that I got my lucky break that time three years ago. It is fantastic to know that the fans have waited. It was not the smartest thing that I did, perhaps, to pull out."

Not expecting anything
It is a confident, but humble Lene who comes down the line now three years later.
"I cannot come back after such a long time expecting anything. I expect nothing. That I have to say," says Lene before she rushes off to other radio interviews. About twenty-five radio stations will meet Lene today before she lets the daily press get its bit. The follow-up album 'Another Day' arrives on the shop shelves on September 22nd. The first single from the album, 'You Weren't There', was sent to Norwegian radio stations last week.

Smash start
As the first Norwegian debutante ever to do so, the then 18 year-old Lene whooshed right to the top of the VG-chart with the song 'Unforgiveable Sinner'. Lene's debut record 'Playing My Game' from 1999 has sold 1,8 million copies worldwide. Even if Lene has kept 'shtum' for over three years, she continues to earn a lot from the success of 1999. Last year, Lene earned all of 6.584.600 kroner.

Translation by Guy Puzey


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