CHOMEE DOWN AND OUT

Sunday World - - Front Page - XO­LILE MTSHAZO

AFRO-pop singer and dance ex­po­nent Chomee is a de­pressed sex kit­ten.

That ’ s be­cause her star is wan­ing fast.

This came af­ter the man in her life (her man­ager, self-pro­fessed king of kwaito and 999 Mu­sic boss Arthur Mafokate) ap­par­ently dumped her for Cici, the new kid at his record la­bel ’ s block.

Songstress Cici was crowned the queen of R&B at the Metro FM Awards in Dur­ban last week­end for her smash hit sin­gle

Run­away.

With the ANC gigs in which she was a reg­u­lar fea­ture hav­ing dried up, Chomee, real name is Thulisile Madih­laba, feels her days in the lime­light are fast com­ing to an end. The star, who once danced with the coun­try’s top politi­cians, the likes of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, said she was hos­pi­talised re­cently. Ac­cord­ing to Chomee, she was suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. Her In­sta­gram posts paint a gloomy pic­ture of an iso­lated star, moan­ing of not get­ting gigs and re­gret­ting ven­tur­ing into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“I mean, per­form­ing is my pas­sion, and all. But how could some­thing you love so much bring about so much sad­ness?” she asked on the so­cial me­dia plat­form.

“I sat in my hos­pi­tal bed last night, and re­alised that I have no one, no one, I was there be­cause I don’t have any­one close to tell. Didn’t want to call my boss/man­ager, he’s got a life of his own. He’s been hold­ing my hand since for­ever, and it’s kind of not fair on him.

“I’ve learned such a lot from this year. En­coun­tered a lot of ups and downs, more downs ... But ya, what­ever. Re­alised a lot of things, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. I for­got how much po­ten­tial I have.

“But I’m happy to say that I’ve come out stronger than I ever thought I’d be. Thank you ... I have noth­ing to lose now, and I’m com­ing in very hard.”

She con­tin­ued: “Now I need to de­cide: is my pas­sion great enough to over­look the sad­ness it comes with? Or is it just not worth [it]. Should close this chap­tee [sic] of my life and be­gin a new one.”

This post was fol­lowed 10 min­utes later by an­other one and a pic­ture of her with her mother Lindi.

“Love my mom so much! Last cou­ple of months were the worst time of my life, but I re­mem­ber when she came to fetch me from where I resided and she just smiled and said, ‘ I love you, and that will never change, you’re my daugh­ter and you are spe­cial’,” she wrote.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port I’ve been get­ting from my friends. Peo­ple thought they could de­feat me, but I’m the child of the Almighty, and no one will take away what God has given me.”

Chomee did not an­swer her phone and SMSes this week. Her caller tune even played Adele’s som­bre hit song Hello.

Ac­cord­ing to Mafokate: “I’m not aware of the com­plaints [by Chomee] as noth­ing was brought to my at­ten­tion.”

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