TV and radio personality Anele Mdoda went all the way to New York City to interview Pearl Thusi. During their chat, the Qauntico actress speaks about her relationship with her father, ex Walter Mokoena and how Robert Marawa proposed to her and more.
Here's what stood out for us:
On entering pageants"A lot of girls would tell me I'm pretty and encourage me to enter beauty pageants. I entered Miss Grade 8 and there was a scout there; I don't know if my career owes it to that particular day and that particular scout but that's when my career started."
On her relationship with her father"When I started modelling, things got a bit complicated. Soon after I got into modelling, my mother passed away and I had to use that pageant money to take care of myself and assist [my father]. Our relationship got a bit strained as I found myself having to take care of him and my sisters. Eventually, I ran away from being a mother to my sisters and being a wife to my father (in a sense) to being a real wife and mother."
On her relationship with Walter Mokoena
"My pregnancy wasn't great emotionally and psychologically because Walter and I were on and off. We tried again when I was pregnant. Unfortunately I can't say much about him because he doesn't like to be mentioned – I've received warnings. Our relationship was not good the whole time; there were lot of tears and pain during my pregnancy. All I wanted to do was love him, serve him and take care of this child while I was still trying to finish my first year in varsity. It was hard. I eventually had to pick between my pregnancy and my first year. I thought since I can always repeat my first year, and will never fall pregnant 'the first time' again. I chose pregnancy."
On Robert's proposal"Without giving away too much, he took me to my favourite restaurant - he's very romantic. I'm the worst person to go out for dinner because as eat, I want a bed. So as we're eating, I’m getting tired and he’s like ‘no, just have a creme brûlée', and I’m like ‘okay, I don't really want one but fine’ and then in like 10 seconds it was there and I was like, ‘what kinda creme brûlée is this?!’ so then I ate it quickly because I really wanted to leave and then long story short, another platter came and there was a box and I thought it was chocolate and then I opened it and in the end I realised what was going on and then there he was, sweating, and then finally it happened. He did kneel but I didn’t see that."