Fake it ’til you make it
Reneilwe takes a very real rollercoaster ride on her reality show when trolls attack her success and her weight.
Don’t for a second believe everything that you see on reality shows, warns Amo Chidi, whose character Reneilwe has her own fly-on-the-wall series. “It’s not real – from hiring the fancy sportscars to borrowing clothes from designers for an episode and claiming it’s yours, this is just about selling an image.” Singer Reneilwe hires a personal trainer on Monday 10 December to lose weight, knowing that she will be in the spotlight even more when the cameras start rolling on Tuesday 18 December. “Being in the public eye is tough for her,” says Amo. “Renei is constantly bullied and fat-shamed on social media but there is nothing wrong with how she looks.” The bullying is so bad that Reneilwe is willing to take drastic steps on Tuesday 11 December to get the results – and she doesn’t care if it affects her health.
KEEPING UP WITH RENEI
“She stops eating and starts living at the gym. She’s losing her mind. She’ll be worn out by the time that the cameras arrive,” adds Amo. What the popstar doesn’t know yet is that her public struggle will resonate with her true fans and make her show a hit – if only she can be brave enough to face it. Besides feeling overworked and fatigued, Reneilwe feels woozy after missing another meal on Wednesday 12 December. “She has terrible headaches, but she continues to starve herself,” says Amo. Reneilwe’s boss
Bongi (Thembi Seete) spots the warning signs when the singer struggles to stay awake in their meeting on Thursday 13 December. “She orders the musician to visit a doctor but Renei has another type of doctor in mind,” explains Amo. “She goes to a plastic surgeon to find out about liposuction! Renei wants to look her best for the reality show but she can’t afford to get the procedure. The pressure is getting to her head and she can’t handle it.”
Renei is a ball of nerves on Tuesday 18 December. She hasn’t had lipo and her gym-starve routine hasn’t helped. “This isn’t how she thought being a famous celebrity would be,” says Amo. Renei expected her fans to focus on her music and “that’s the side she wants to reveal on the reality show and surprisingly, it works – her fans can relate to her insecurities. She isn’t going to go through with the surgery and she feels good about herself for a change,” explains Amo. “While she still has trolls, Renei feels closer to her fans who can see that it isn’t easy being her. They’re supportive and love her more than ever and she can be herself, flaws and all.”
Renei (centre) gets support from her friends and fans.