CELEB WATCH Nomzamo’s darkest hour
Actress opens up about her battle with depression and her cousin’s suicide
ACTRESS and media personality Nomzamo Mbatha has for the first time admitted that she battled with depression. In a candid interview with Mapaseka Mokwele on SABC2’s Motswako, the It Girl said she is planning on doing everything in her power to help other people through her foundation called The Lighthouse.
This revelation comes to light after she opened up about losing her cousin, whom she referred to as her sister, after she took her life due to depression. Nomzamo highlighted that depression needs to be taken seriously and material things won’t chase it away.
“For those who may or may not know, depression is a mental disease. Anyone who is suffering from it can only see darkness and no future,” she once tweeted. On a series of tweets last year, the actress said, “I felt more heartbroken for my aunt who had lost her only child, only for a stranger to claim that ‘she wasn’t loved enough’.”
This was in response to someone on social media who said about the passing of her cousin Carla, “RIP Carla, I’m so sad your family never loved you enough”.
LOSING TWO SISTERS
Nomzamo was frank enough to admit that she wanted to confront the girl who claimed that Carla was never loved enough.
“I wanted to confront her, but then I thought, no. Because it is easier for people to speak on things that have never happened to them,” she said, adding that she envied the insensitive girl because “she has incredible sisters, who are beautiful. I’ve had to bury two of my sisters.”
SHE IS BROKEN
However, Nomzamo also opened up about the turmoil that she was going through at the time of her cousin’s passing. “I was broken for myself because Carla’s face was the last thing I would see before falling asleep, and the very first thing when I woke up. I may be on every social media platform posting about all the wonderful things that I’m achieving, but I am broken inside,” she tweeted.
“I’m sharing this for those who have lost loved ones from suicide. It never gets easier.”
A HEARTFELT MESSAGE
On the day that Carla was supposed to turn 22 years old, Nomzamo went on social media to remember what they once shared and wrote, “Perhaps what I miss most in the past two years is waking up to your face next to mine. The smell of your hair and the sound of your laughter. You made me believe in the magic of birthdays and what joy they should bring.”
According to Health24.com, depression is a medical illness which affects one’s mood, body, thoughts and feelings. However, the article is quick to point out that there are many different types of this illness.
Efforts to get comment from Nomzamo were fruitless as her manager kept dropping the call.
I’VE HAD TO BURY TWO OF MY SISTERS