Sophie Ndaba-Lichaba’s dramatic weight loss has been the talk of the town for the past few months.
While some of her fans have expressed concern about her slimmer look, Sophie is adamant that she is living a healthier lifestyle after struggling with obesity and battling diabetes.
Speaking to Thando Thabethe in 5FM’s Thabooty Show, the actress says that there is no need for people to be worried about her as she is doing just fine.
“Yes, I may have lost a little too much weight but I don’t care. For people to say it’s too much, I don’t really care. See, I can say I need one more kilo, for someone else they may say, ‘hai this person needs 10 kilos’. No, my decision is that when I am happy, I am happy. I am happy and I feel fantastic,” ZAlebs quoted her as saying on the show.
Sophie added that her main purpose for losing the weight was to be healthy.
“Let’s forget diabetes for a second. Let’s talk about the fact that as African women, we think we are sexy when we are overweight because we’ve got hips. So you get concerned when people say, ‘aw you’re still gorgeous as a full-figured woman’. That’s amazing – but the reality is that it’s not healthy. So, for me I wanted to lose the weight.”
Sophie says that dropping all her extra kilos was the “hardest journey” she’s ever been through.
The 46-year-old has been called ugly names since losing all the weight, with some people even going as far as claiming she is terminally ill.
A death hoax last week left Sophie and her fans fuming.
“We are also human beings. If you prick me‚ I will feel pain,” she told SowetanLIVE about the “horrible” fake story .
But the actress will not let the haters get her down. She is working on a new TV programme, her events company is doing well and she is married to the man of her dreams, businessman Max Lichaba.
— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) November 1, 2018
The actress who shot to fame as the voluptuous Queen Moroka in Generations, is now noticeably much slimmer.
Is she ill, fans wondered? Did she have HIV, others keep speculating on social media?
Two months ago, Thandi Mavata, the ex-wife to Max Lichaba came out to lambast people who made shrewd comments about Sophie Ndaba’s weight loss after an unflattering pictures of the actress went viral.
Thandi Mavata has also come to Sophie’s defence, stating that people should not be ignorant but educate themselves about diabetes and the ramifications it can cause to ones body should they not take care of themselves.
“The stigma surrounding weight loss is so painful, because more people still believe you lose weight only if you're diagnosed with AIDS related diseases. Today I saw someone who posted ‘she has to go get tested for HIV’. How ignorant and disgusting. Chronic diseases is so painful and goes beyond HIV. Even with education, people still laugh like they don't know diabetes is very dangerous, that it is the number one cause of kidney failure, loss of eyesight, leg or hands amputation, and millions of death all over the world etc,” wrote Thanda.
This was after countless people on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook urged Sophie Ndaba to go for HIV testing, just to be sure about her status. However, this 'advice' did not go down too well with Max Lichaba's ex-wife.