Iveta Bartošová (born 8 April 1966) is a Czech singer, actress and celebrity, three-time best female vocalist in the music music poll Zlatý slavík (1986, 1990 and 1991). She is also known for her turbulent life style attracting the attention of the Czech tabloid media.
Biography and career:
Bartošová was born in Čeladná and spend her childhood and adolescence in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm. She has an older brother Lumír and twin sister Ivana. She started her musical career in 1982, with the band Dianthus. In 1983, she succeeded in a music competition held in Jihlava and met the singer Petr Sepéši, with whom she later collaborated and started relationship. Sepéši died in a car accident in 1985.
In the second half of the 1980s, she began collaborating with notable exponents of the Czech pop music, such as František Janeček and Ladislav Štaidl, her life partner for many years. In 1987, she released her first solo album I.B., for which she received an award by her recording label, Supraphon.
In 1993, she starred in the comedy Svatba upírů. In 1996, she gave birth to a son. A year later, she appeared in her first musical production, Dracula. In the late 1990s, she released several successful albums, such as Ve jménu lásky and Bílý kámen.
With the start of the new millennium, her popularity decreased, partly due to the scandals surrounding her personal life. In 2006, she announced a 'creative break'. She spend a part of the year 2007 in a psychiatric hospital in Kroměříž, where she was treated from addiction to antidepressants or alcohol.
In 2008, the EMI released 3CD compilation of her greatest hits, called Platinum Collection. In 2009, she won in the TV poll TýTý. Since October 2012, she appeared in a reality show about her life, broadcast by the tabloid TV Pětka. She was hospitalized again in 2013, in Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, in association with alcohol dependence.
Bartošová and the tabloid media:
Iveta Bartošová is one of the most-discussed personalities in the Czech tabloid media. According to the musical producer Oldřich Lichtenberg, she "has became a victim of people who surrounded her and only try to profit from her". On the other hand, the psychologist Jeroným Klimeš pointed out in the Slovak newspaper SME that Bartošová knowingly and voluntarily participates in the media circus concerning her personal life. "She plays the story with all of us, however, she doesn't have the performance under control", he said. In the article Milý národe, Iveta Bartošová není věc (Dear Nation, Iveta Bartošová Is Not a Thing), published by the newspaper Lidové noviny, journalist Tomáš Baldýnský noted that the Czech tabloid media change a human being into a human 'thing' and compared the public attention to the Bartošová troubles to a vulture watching her dying with a grin."... It is fact that we parasitize on her for years ...", claimed Pavel Novotný, the chief editor of the website Extra.cz and a well known tabloid journalist. Novotný stated that the public demand is so huge that even the people who don't read tabloid search and watch articles about her: "In such a case, there are no borders and we will parasitize on her until the end and even half a year after that. It's hard and morally wrong but that's how it is." In July 2013, when she was hospitalized, 745,000 people (7% of the Czech population) watched the "Night News" special about her.