‘I feel fab­u­lous and blessed’

There is no truth to the ru­mours that ac­tress and busi­ness­woman has passed away

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe

JUST a lit­tle over a week af­ter ac­tress and busi­ness­woman, So­phie Lich­aba’s shock­ing weight-loss made head­lines, there were ru­mours do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia that she had passed away. You can stop hold­ing your breath be­cause the for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress is very much alive.


It’s still un­known who started the ru­mour, how­ever, SABC3’s Ex­presso was ac­cused of hav­ing re­ported that she has died. The morn­ing show dis­tanced it­self from the me­dia storm.

“The ru­mour about So­phie’s death is false and we did not re­port on any news about her on the show to­day,” read a tweet from the show’s so­cial me­dia ac­count. Speak­ing to Move!, So­phie laughed at the ru­mours, but she as­sured us in an email that she is alive. “I’m alive and just went to treat my hair,” she says.

The ac­tress is liv­ing with di­a­betes and a re­cent pic­ture of hers did the rounds on so­cial me­dia with many con­cerned about the amount of weight she has lost. So­phie ad­dressed the neg­a­tive com­ments about her weight-loss, promis­ing she will fight to live.

“Liv­ing with di­a­betes doesn’t mean my life must stop. It means I will fight to live,” she said.


Seem­ingly get­ting an­noyed by the neg­a­tive so­cial me­dia com­ments, she says peo­ple are just bored and they ought to do some­thing with their lives in­stead of start­ing false ru­mours about her.

“You know these bored so­cial me­dia peo­ple must re­ally go get a life,” she says. “They must all go get tested for all chronic ill­nesses and prove they are im­mune to be­ing di­ag­nosed with a chronic ill­ness and im­mune to death it­self.”

The is­sue about di­a­betes hits very close to her not only be­cause she is liv­ing with the ill­ness but also be­cause she lost both her par­ents through di­a­betes.


In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with Move!, she re­vealed that she ended up be­ing hos­pi­talised fours years ago be­cause she was over­weight.

“From that time on, I made a choice to change my life and eat well,” she said.

In a so­cial me­dia post, So­phie vowed that she will con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing for those liv­ing with this chronic ill­ness and is not go­ing to hide from any­one just be­cause she’s sick.

“I feel fab­u­lous and that’s a bless­ing. I’m an am­bas­sador for those suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes. I will never hide from any­one,” she says.

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