‘My ex forced me to do it’ Sonia Mbele speaks on leaving Generations
South African veteran actress Sonia Mbele, famously known for her role as Ntombi on SABC 1 soapie, Generations, has spoken out on why she left the popular drama.
Mbele says she was told to quit by her former husband, Leslie Sedibe, the erstwhile chief executive officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
In her interview on Phat Joe’s show, Mbele revealed that her husband was behind her quitting.
Mbele who acted as Ntombi, a classy lady who’s love interest in the soapie was Sibusiso Dhlomo played by Menzi Ngubane said her husband did not appreciate her on screen romance with Ngubane so she had to quit to save her marriage.
She went on to accuse her ex-husband of being a control freak and that she even had to ask her mom to intervene. She also addressed rumors that she married Sedibe for his money.
“People have always said ‘Sonia married for money’. I’m like where? That guy earned a salary. He went to work, would take his suitcase with him, come home, and then earn his salary at the end of the month. He was never a BEE or tenderpreneur, we both earned a salary,” Mbele said.
Mbele and Sedibe tied the knot in 2006 after dating for a couple of years. Their fairytale marriage became sour and was hanging by a thread, until the couple – who have three children – decided to call it quits in 2014.
Mbele almost broke down whilst narrating her plight but she held back her tears but continued venting. She said her marriage was very ugly and so was her divorce.
In 2018 the actress was rumored to have been struggling with depression and even went to extremes of googling ‘How to commit suicide’.
“Who am I married to? When you wake up and then feel like ‘I love you today, but then I hate you tomorrow’ type of think. It doesn’t make sense how it could be that ugly.
“There was a time when we did not speak for years, and I am comfortable talking about this now, but there was a time when I wasn’t.
“The reason I am comfortable about this now is because my kids are grown and old enough to know, decipher, assess and decide, what I am saying now will no longer be a shocker to them,” she said.
Her production company which owns Mzansi Magic’s Real Housewives of Jozi was on the brink of collapsing before even shooting season 3 of the reality show.