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“Drinking To Sleep?”: Zahara Opens Up About Her Battle With Depression

Renowned South African musician Zahara, real name is Bulelwa Mkutukana, has recently shared her personal journey dealing with depression.

In addition, she bravely addressed the issue of being subjected to online bullying, while highlighting the pivotal role of her faith in God in attaining the remarkable success she enjoys today.

Following the distressing news of media personality Dineo Ranaka, who recently sought treatment at a mental health facility due to suicidal thoughts, Zahara’s heartfelt revelations about her own struggles with depression carry even more significance.


In recent days, mental health issues have taken center stage in South Africa, sparking important conversations and raising awareness.

Radio host and reality TV star Dineo Ranaka’s courageous revelation about her battle with suicidal thoughts and coping difficulties has amplified the urgency of addressing mental health challenges.

Joining the conversation, celebrated singer Zahara has also bravely opened up about her own experiences with depression, particularly in the aftermath of enduring cyberbullying.

During her sit-down with Tbo Touch on Metro FM, Zahara said:

“You thought you gave me a name, and you thought you gave me a gift. The person that gave me the gift, which is God, will see it through. It’s not about you, it’s not about me. He is going to let it live whether I like it or not,” she said.

“People go through depression whether I know it or don’t know it. There’s no way I did not go through depression. There’s no way that I did not feel what you guys were saying to me, the daggers that you were pointing at me and digging me, that I did feel no pain.”


The singer also told TimesLive how she fell into drinking as a way to deal with the loss of her brother.

“I used to drink for myself to be happy, but now I saw I was drinking to sleep because of my brother’s death and what the company was doing to me. I couldn’t talk to nobody because I was scared of everything,” she said.

It appears she is doing much better now and has even gotten engaged this year.


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