- SA celebrities have been sharing their personal experiences on social media
- They say behind all the glamour, they go through hardships such as depression
- For instance, Lumko Johnson spent R30,000 in a weekend just to impress his friends
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South African celebrities have taken to Instagram to share some of the challenges they face behind the glitz and glamour of celebrity life.
Briefly.co.za learned that they are using the hashtag #TheGramSham to create awareness about pressures of life in the fast lane.
Actor and producer Lumko Johnson was among the first to share his story. He said he once spent a whopping R30,000 in a weekend just to impress his friends and show off on Instagram.
The reality of what he had done sank in the following day when he realised he only had R22 left in his account. He made a vow not to repeat this mistake:
I’ve kept this SMS...as a reminder to stay in my lane and walk at my pace because I will never have R22 left in my bank account trying to impress and be liked.
Media personality Tumi Morake also shared her tribulations, including losing her mom and suffering two accidents as well as an armed robbery.
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She revealed that as a result, she had to go to therapy and spend more time with her kids. She urged her fans to understand that celebrities are human too:
We are all trying. We are all human. Instagram is just a collection of the sparks we collect along the way.
Comedian Trevor Gumbi wasn't left behind. He was particularly honest, revealing that he suffers from depression.
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Actress Gail Mabalane revealed that she has struggled with insecurities for a long time. Fortunately, she has learned how to handle it:
I’m slowly learning that I DON’T need to fit in...in fact, learning that the plan was never for me to fit in at all. The older I’ve gotten, the more secure I’ve become...& the closer I get to God, the more secure I’ve become in who I am in Him.
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