Fame has taken a toll on her following a string of bad publicity that has affected her mental health.
Singer and songwriter Msaki, real name Asanda Mvana (34), has announced that she will be taking a hiatus from the limelight to focus on herself.
In a series of social media posts, Msaki asked that South Africans release her so she can take this time to focus on her wellbeing.
“Thank you for everything. It’s all been a lesson. A painful one, but a lesson. Nothing is really bad. It’s just painful but I’m learning to breathe through pain in real time. So thank you. That’s all. Thank you for being part of the lesson,” she tweeted.
Her fans flooded her comments with messages of concern but she reassured them that she just needed a break from the public eye.
"I just wanna thank everyone for this incredible outpouring of love and support. I wanna thank my day 1’s that are still with me that bought my first album in advance and gave me my independence. Please also understand why I have to leave this space. Please release. I may seem weak because I let this get to me,” she posted.
“I am sensitive and sentimental and an empath, my skin is not thick. It is porous so I feel the changes in the breeze.”
She went on to say that she couldn’t handle the bullying the came with fame, especially after an article that was published by Sunday World alleged that TV personality Smash Afrika was having an affair with Msaki.
Smash Afrika is married Rami Chuene’s daughter Kefiloe Chuene.
“The same sensitivity where the songs come from is the same sensitivity that can't handle the callus badgering and normalization of bullying.”
She pleaded that musicians be treated with gentleness and not only shown empathy once they become a statistic.
Msaki will be honouring her last gigs before taking a break. She expressed that she would miss the crowd and the social media memes.
Although she will be taking a break, she is still dedicated to writing music and releasing music as it is her calling.