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House singer Bucie – her full name is Bu­sisiwe Nqwiliso – has joined the likes of Mi­randa Nt­shangase and other celebrity mothers who have taken a step back from the lime­light to pri­ori­tise moth­er­hood.

The 31-year-old singer says that she is tak­ing a break to work full-time be­hind the scenes in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“I’ll be men­tor­ing and man­ag­ing young girls who want to sing through my la­bel and artist man­age­ment com­pany. This has been some­thing that has al­ways been in my heart. I have al­ways been pas­sion­ate about young girls and want­ing to teach them how pow­er­ful they are,” she told City Press this week.

“I’ve been in a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try and also man­aged by men who don’t un­der­stand that I can’t wear the same hair for­ever, and un­der­stand that my im­age needs to change. I just want to be the per­son who is able to give all that to some­one else and not have them hus­tle.”

Al­though she will still be con­tin­u­ing with oc­ca­sional per­for­mances, she em­pha­sises that she’d be very se­lec­tive so that she will “be able to see her chil­dren off in the morn­ing and tuck them into bed at night”.

Be­ing a new mum, she is also con­cerned about her weight. But she re­fuses to put pres­sure on her­self to get rid of it by “spend­ing all her time killing her­self in the gym” rather than spend­ing time with her fam­ily.

“I am learn­ing to em­brace the new me with the weight gain. Every­one who mat­ters says that I look per­fect just as I am,” she laughs.

She re­calls an in­ci­dent where some­one on so­cial me­dia took to body sham­ing her and her friend Zizo Tsh­wete stood up for her.

“She is real and she is a mother. She knows what it is like to give birth, be a mother and go back to work. This is the new me, every­one must just get used to it. I am em­brac­ing all that comes with be­ing a mother again,” she says. When the topic of her hus­band comes up, she beams. “He is just so gor­geous and yummy. He is beau­ti­ful in­side and out. He is also very down to earth and he re­minds me of my daddy.”

Bucie has been mar­ried to this “mys­tery man” for a year and re­mains mum about his iden­tity in an ef­fort to re­spect his pri­vacy.

Re­call­ing the night he pro­posed to her, she says it was not done in a con­ven­tional way.

“It is so weird how he pro­posed. We were at home just chill­ing and, out of nowhere, he asked me if I would ever marry him and I said yes I would. And then he asked me if I would marry him and I laughed, but he in­sisted that he was se­ri­ous and wanted to marry me ... I said yes! ... There was no ring.”

Soon af­ter she ac­cepted, he went on to pay for her lobola. When that was taken care of, he went down on one knee (this time with a ring) and pro­posed again. “He is very tra­di­tional like that,” she says. Bucie be­lieves that, by tak­ing the back seat, she will as­sume her nor­mal per­son­al­ity and be seen as a nor­mal per­son in pub­lic.

“I feel like fame robbed me from be­ing a nor­mal hu­man be­ing. Peo­ple tend to look at me and think that I am un­ap­proach­able and in­tim­i­dat­ing and that makes me un­com­fort­able.”

Be­fore con­clud­ing our con­ver­sa­tion, she de­cides to set the record straight fol­low­ing an out­cry in so­cial me­dia about a song that she wrote. She says she wants her fans to know that she is cred­ited on Drake’s song with Black Cof­fee called Get It To­gether be­cause she had writ­ten the song Su­per­man of which some lines are used in Drake’s song. But she was not asked to do the vo­cals be­cause she was preg­nant and in hospi­tal at the time.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate all the love and sup­port from fans, but peo­ple need to re­lax be­cause ev­ery­thing hap­pened the way it was sup­posed to,” she quips.

Bu­sisiwe Nqwiliso

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