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Mthiyane on parenting with Marawa and Lebo M

Her children bring out her best version

- By Theo Nyhaba

I have been doing well since 2016, having escaped a toxic situation

Former Generation­s: The Legacy actress Zoe Mthiyane has opened up about the highs and lows of raising children with Robert Marawa and Lebo M.

Mthiyane has a child with each man and says motherhood can be incredibly challengin­g for a career-driven and ambitious woman. However, she says raising her children gives her the drive to be the best version of herself.

“I would describe parenting with Robert as respectful. Our families and close friends have played a major role in creating and maintainin­g a safety net around our son, and for that I will forever be grateful. He [the boy] is lucky,” says Mthiyane.

She says it is a different story trying to co-parent with Lebo M, real name Lebohang Morake of the Broadway hit Lion King fame. “Parenting with Lebo is impossible. We had to find ways to cope with that fact. However,

I am lucky to have had intensive therapy, valuable advice and support to lean on. I practice gentle parenting as I learned early on that each child is born with their own personalit­y.”

Lebo M, the internatio­nally acclaimed composer and producer, and Mthiyane broke off their engagement in 2016, “amid disagreeme­nts over a pre-nuptial agreement”.

“I have been doing well since 2016, having escaped an incredibly toxic situation in which I was required to navigate a well-orchestrat­ed smear campaign organised by somebody I loved and trusted... that situation helped tutor me to better understand my own power.”

She later got into a relationsh­ip with fellow actor Rapulana Seiphemo but the relationsh­ip too fell apart amid allegation­s of infidelity. Shortly after the break up, she left Generation­s: The Legacy, where she costarred with Seiphemo.

“Since leaving Generation­s, I have featured in a Charlie Vundla movie, Hotel on the Koppies, which was recently released on Amazon. I have also had the opportunit­y to travel, do live performanc­es and put my music hat on.

“Exiting Generation­s was a difficult decision but necessary as I had started to regress in my efforts to remain consistent in my growth and mental health.

“I was finding it difficult to counter the resistance coming my way from some people. With that I say, I am grateful for the growth and confidence I gained from portraying Zitha and I am truly grateful to the writers, producers and viewers whose support gave me the confidence to expand as a storytelle­r.”

Asked if she is back on the dating scene, Mthiyane simply says she is not looking at entering a new relationsh­ip any time soon. “My energy and focus lie elsewhere.”

 ?? ?? Actress Zoe Mthiyane is driven by raising her two children
Actress Zoe Mthiyane is driven by raising her two children

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