In the past year Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane (25) has been in the media for all the wrong reasons.
The controversies were further fuelled by thatlivestream last year of her partner, Mampintsha Maphumulo (37), allegedly beating the gqom singer.
Then things worsened when Moja Love cancelled the Jub Jub-produced show Impilo: Mampintsha West Ink after Babes and Mampintsha went to court to stop the episode from airing.
More recently,Kwa Mam'Mkhize star Tha Simelane interviewed Babes on Instagram Live and she confessed to being drunk.
The interview ended with both in tears after Babes expressed the amount of pressure she faces daily from fans.“People say I drink too much, but they don’t understand my hardships. I started in the entertainment young and had to build a home for my family,” she told Tha.
At the end of the video, Tha accused Babes of using cocaine in front of him and the audience. But Tha has since apologised and Babes has threatened legal action for the accusations.But the Wololohitmaker tells Move! that things are looking up for her.
Starting out in the entertainment industry at a young age meant she had to learn as she goes.“At the moment I’m a putting myself and my music first,” she says.With all the mistakes made in the past, Babes is ready to focus on her career and leave the drama behind.
“People will always talk, you know how they are. I can’t stop them,” she says.“Currently, I am focusing on my album, Idando Kazi, due for release in the third week of July,” she tells us.
She also recently shot the music video for the Elamont, the lead single from her upcoming album.
“Elamont is a song about me appreciating the township I come from,” she says.Babes has also picked up new habits during the lockdown.“I’ve started working out and spending more time at the studio being creative. Luckily, I had saved some money and I am able to live off that during this lockdown,” she says.
Although she is working to better her life, she won't change her personality traits.“I am Babes. I wouldn't change anything about myself. I believe in God's decisions and this is perfect.”
But one of the biggest lessons she has learnt is not to trust everyone.“I've learnt to choose the people I have around me. Choose your team and friends wisely,” she says.