Monchi de Feine Sahne Fischfilet meets fitness influencer Sophia Thiel

Our April DIFFUS cover story, to be published on Sunday, brings together two people who couldn’t be more different and yet have a lot in common: Feine Sahne Fischfilet singer Monchi talks to fitness influencer Sophia Thiel on eating disorders, excess, the difficult relationship with her own body and her book “Never full: On the hunger to live and the 182 kilos on the scale”.

The basic idea of ​​our DIFFUS cover story has always been to bring together interesting people you don’t often (or preferably never) meet in a joint interview. But we have to admit it: we would never have dared to hope for the “Monchi meets Sophia Thiel” combination. As is well known, Monchi is the singer of Feine Sahne Fischfilet, but recently also the author of books. Today his autobiographical book “Never Satisfied: On the Hunger to Live and the 182 Kilos on the Scale” will be published. In it, Monchi writes in his inimitable tone about his youth, his manic eating habits, his intoxications, his anger at the Nazis and the state apparatus, and moments of introspection.

During a long break from the band, exhausted from touring, he realizes that his lifestyle may not be the healthiest and he needs to change something. With exercise and a healthier diet, he manages to lose 150 pounds. But don’t panic: “Never Satisfied” isn’t an instructional diet book or anything: it’s more of a sometimes terrifyingly unrelenting confrontation with your life and your body, with moments of embarrassment, but also a little hymn to music. , family and friends.

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Sophia Thiel, on the other hand, was a bodybuilder and is one of the most successful fitness influencers in Germany, although the word “fitness” should not be exaggerated, because what she transmits to her followers now goes much further. When her career as a bodybuilder and influencer was at its supposed peak, Sophia suffered from her own success and the pressure to constantly look perfect.

An increasingly restrictive diet and extreme training turned what was initially a healthy and balanced lifestyle into a serious eating disorder. He retired for a while and then openly shared the healing process with his followers. She wrote the book Come Back Stronger: My Long Search for Myself around this time.

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Monchi: “I don’t want people to judge my body!”

In the 90-minute conversation with Sophia, Monchi tells, for example, how her appearance in Marteria’s video for “No one kills Marten” inevitably revealed the “secret” about her weight loss, and why she wasn’t in the mood to The positive. and negative reactions to it. “Actually, I’ve always been like this: I don’t give a shit about what people say. It’s always done the exact opposite to me. When somebody told me, ‘Pick up.’ for you! Not an inch! Don’t lose a pound, but eat more!’ When I lost weight, I thought, ‘Shit, one day there must be pictures of me again. Then he had to post two or three photos with the band on social media.

In the photos, Monchi hid behind the others or draped a blanket over his shoulders. “But then there was a situation where a friend, a rapper like that, called me to ask if I could be in his music video. It was clear: we shot freely, we celebrated on a boat, we walked around shirtless. That ruined my plan to take a real, official photo at some point, backwards. We even considered making me fat again for the video. Like with fat suits, like Rammstein used to do. So people don’t see that. That was a serious consideration. But then I let it go, and then the reaction came immediately. Our local newspaper wrote something like ‘Materia Video with Monchi completely changed’ and the journalists talked to me in the supermarket.” Then found: “I don’t want people to judge me for my body!” Either for better or for worse.

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Sophia Thiel: “I’m a big fan of therapy!”

When Monchi says that she hasn’t had any therapy to date, Sophia makes a strong statement that we absolutely wanted to quote here: “Therapy is great. I’m such a fan. This is the best. Everyone should have therapy. You don’t need anything diagnosed for that, everyone has to bring their own pack and therapy is internal hygiene. This is the best!” what can you do!”

The full conversation between the two will be available on our YouTube channel starting Sunday. In it, you’ll learn how the two manage their eating disorders, why Sophia always gets invites to a wrestling match, what an “extreme diet” is, what Sophia listens to when she pumps, how Monchi feels when she pumps, and why Monchi doesn’t. . entering them allowed entry to the United States.

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