After serving eighteen months in jail, Model-DJ Debbie Valerie Tenashar Long says that being behind bars has actually helped her career in more ways than one.
A report from The Sunday Times says that the elite DJ was once a high-flyer and used to staying in five-star hotel and taking first class plane rides to her next gig. Going to prison was such a wake-up call for her, she said, where she had no choice but to withstand harsh conditions in Changi Women’s Prison, or at the very least, conditions that were so different from what she was used to.
DJ Tenashar was found guilty of consuming drugs overseas, and had attended her trial in MArch but skipped out on her bail, where she was only arrested when her passport expired and she was forced to return to Singapore.
Her case was tied to her boyfriend at the time, Jamie Yeo’s ex-husband Mr. Thorsten Nolte, who is still at large. Case details mentioned that they did not return as promised when they had posted their bail.
Who is DJ Tenashar?
More popularly known as DJ Tenashar, Debbie Valerie Tenashar is a 33-year-old disc jockey who may be even more famous than current hot DJ mom Jade Rasif. Her short jail stint, though, may have removed her from the limelight but now that she has been released, she can quickly get back to her gigs that include both international and local events.
According to a report by The Straits Times, Debbie was once an FHM Singapore cover girl, and was the only Singaporean to appear on the on the DJ Mag top 100 list. Aside from international gigs with other artists, she also had a thriving online store for her merch.
She was also the first Singaporean to be featured on the cover of Playboy Thailand way back in October 2013. The same report said that, “She also became the first Singaporean to make British music magazine DJ Mag’s list of Top 100 DJs, snagging the No. 87 spot. She was the only solo female DJ to make the list that year.”
Jail stint boosts DJ Tenashar’s career?
A report in the Sunday Times has mentioned that Debbie has experienced quite the renaissance when it comes to her career, with people viewing her stint in jail as adding to her ‘street cred’. The report said that producers and event organizers have expressed interest in working with her. She said that these personalities have become even more interested in working with her after her release. She thinks that she seems more interesting as a celebrity not what she’s actually been in jail.
Header image from DJ Tenashar’s Instagram account.