WATCH | Babes Wodumo's IG live interview with Tha Simelane ends in tears

Bongekile "Babes Wodumo" Simelane
Bongekile "Babes Wodumo" Simelane
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  • Kwa Mam’Mkhize star Tha Simelane hosted an Instagram Live interview with various Gqom artists, including Babes Wodumo.
  • Babes Wodomo cut the interview short after becoming emotional while talking about the sacrifices she has made for her family and being a victim of cyber-bullying. 
  • In a previous interview with Drum, Babes Wodumo's father said his "heart bleeds" for his daughter.
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Durban socialite and Kwa Mam’Mkhize star Tha Simelane started hosting Instagram Live interviews with celebrities, and on Thursday his guests were gqom singers Tipcee, TDK Macassette, Busiswa Gqulu and Babes Wodumo.

Babes’ interview started on a high note with excitement about working on a new album. She then confessed to having had a few drinks before the interview.

When asked about who she would like to work with in the future, she mentioned Andile Mpisane and Busiswa.

“I’d never work with TDK, she is crazy. Even if she says she wants to work with me, I won’t. That little girl, I know the things she says about me behind my back. She can’t be like me. Maybe if you mix me with Sho Madjozi and Busiswa there will be, but the others who try to be like me can go sleep,” Babes said.

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The interview seemed to be going well, with Babes even confessing to having a crush on The Queen actor Loyiso MacDonald.

But things turned sour when Babes started speaking about how far she had come in her career and the negative criticism she receives every day from people who do not know her background.

“People say I drink too much, I’m always drunk. They don’t know me and what I have been through. I want to show people who I am and what makes me famous,” she told Tha.

“I was a child when I started in the industry. I didn’t know anything. I got money and learnt how to save and not drink every day.“People don’t know my situation. They think I love partying too much. I didn’t have a home. I had to start afresh. I had to close the curse my family had. My dad didn’t have a home, I had to a build a home,” she said crying.

Both Tha and Babes couldn’t hold their tears and Babes had to cut the call, leaving Tha to wrap up the show.

In the end, Tha shocked viewers when he alleged Babes had been taking cocaine while people were watching.“Babes won’t change. She took cocaine while I watch[ed], while people watch[ed]. I love you guys, bye,” he said.

Babes had a difficult year last year, which left her family deeply concerned about her wellbeing.

First the alleged abuse at the hands of her on-off boyfriend and manager, Mampintsha. Then the counter-charge of abuse he laid against her – both charges were later dropped when the pair reconciled.

Then there’s the common assault case Babes faced alongside her sister, Nondumiso Simelane, and Tipcee (real name Thobeka Ndaba). They allegedly attacked businesswoman Nelisiwe Zondi on the same night Mampintsha reportedly beat up Babes. These charges were later withdrawn.

Read more | Babes Wodumo walks free, assault charges dropped

In a interview with DRUM last year, her father, Bishop Welcome Simelane, said,

“My heart is bleeding for her but there’s nothing I can do. I am now trusting and hoping for God’s intervention. “To be quite frank, the life she’s living right now is not godly,” he said.

“There is no happiness and peace in dancing. That life of partying is not godly – it’s deadly. There is nothing good that will come out of it because it’s the devil’s playground.”

His daughter must “just come back to God and accept Jesus. I hope one day she realises the error of her ways. I hope she’ll do some introspection and see where she went wrong.

“Other people cannot solve her problems. She’s an adult and she makes her own decisions,” he said.

Watch the full video below: