(Note: This was put out in YES! magazine three years before the former beauty queen announced that her marriage with Yilmaz is over.)
Asked to describe his country, Yilmaz Bektas says, his tone defensive: "I have nothing against the Middle East, okay? But Turkey is not in the Middle East. People think I bring Ruffa to the desert. We don't have desert."
He turns to Ruffa and asks: "Have you seen a camel in Turkey?"
Ruffa replies: "No, I haven't seen a single camel."
Yilmaz again: "See? Why don't you tell your friends what Turkey looks like."
Indulging him, Ruffa says: "I already did. I told them it's not a desert. They just wanna hear it from you, okay?"
Yilmaz then says, now more lightly: "People don't have idea where Turkey is. They think Turkey like the chicken. Turkey is partly Asia, partly Europe."