Idols SA presenter ProVerb failed to commit suicide.
Idols SA presenter ProVerb failed to commit suicide.
Whoever introduced the old saying ‘do not judge a book by its cover’, had surely experienced something strong from it. you’ll see an individual from outside and think everything is well, but at heart, it might be differently round.
To many South Africans, he has the planet at his feet. But former rapper and Idols SA host ProVerb has revealed harrowing details of his deep depression in 2015, which culminated in his attempted suicide following his split from his wife.
In his tell-all memoir, titled The Book of ProVerb, he writes how, on his thanks to an occasion one Friday night in 2015, he stopped at a pharmacy and, feigning a severe toothache, asked for the strongest painkillers.
He stopped at another pharmacy and did an equivalent thing, and a 3rd . He drove home, hugged his estranged wife Onalerona and visited the patio. With a bottle of wine and boxes of painkillers, he locked the door and every one access points.
“I was emotional, but in my mind I felt quit sane about the plan i used to be close to execute. i used to be motivated by my failure to supply my children with a stable home life … the choice to divorce left me with a severe sense of failure and that i didn’t want to continue witnessing the disintegration of my family. If I were dead I wouldn’t need to see my wife and youngsters leave to start out their new life without me,” he writes within the book.
After swallowing the pills he passed out, but was later found by his brother and rushed to hospital.
“I cried hysterically, trying to inform everyone that i used to be sorry. I told the doctor: ‘Man, this isn’t me. i’m not this person.’ i used to be trying to seem sane because everyone was giving me this ‘You’ve lost your mind’ look.”
He said he awakened subsequent morning with clarity on the way forward.
“I was keen to go away the hospital [the following day], but they wouldn’t allowit … So I didn’t make it to Idols rehearsals that day, and that i still don’t know who within the production team knows about my suicide attempt. once I was discharged the subsequent day and made it to rehearsals, no mention was made from it. I asked for my script, we ran the rehearsal and did the show to a T . there have been no mistakes, it had been business as was common .”
Months before, ProVerb — real name Tebogo Thekisho — learned that his wife had had an affair when he got a call from a journalist who asked him about her trip to Dubai with a businessman and their alleged relationship.
The couple tried to figure through their problems in counseling but by October 2015 they decided to urge divorced. “I smiled, i used to be charming. I presented Idols every Sunday without skipping a beat and said farewell enthusiastically as if my life was amazing. Then I went home to cry,” ProVerb writes within the book.
Speaking to the Sunday Times he said the book isn’t about his suicide attempt or his divorce, but rather how he survived a dark period in his life. He speaks candidly about his battle with depression, his relationship together with his late mother and his grandmother, who died this year.
“In my personal life I even have found peace and this is often the most important takeaway that I hope many will receive from the book. My victory against depression and dark times, I hope, will show others that there’s light, and that i sincerely felt that my story was well timed as depression is rife in our society, so perhaps this may stimulate conversations and offer some hope,” he said.
The Kimberley-born rapper released his debut album, also titled The Book of ProVerb, in 2005. He also worked as a technical producer at YFM before scoring a presenter job at Channel O. In 2010 he took part in Survivor SA and made it to the ultimate three. that very same year he joined Idols SA as a co-host and hosted the Miss SA pageant.
But while professionally he lived a charmed life, his private life appeared to suffer. “I’m a person’s being like anybody and my suicide attempt was my moment of weakness, of cowardice if you wish , but this is often about the strength I’ve found since. My sharing this story was to free myself of it but also to empower others to mention we will overcome.” Through the book, co-written by Paballo Rampa, ProVerb hopes to inspire those that are feeling hopeless and to stimulate tough conversations about depression.
“This is my legacy, I don’t wish to be referred to as the divorcee who attempted suicide, but as a survivor who has found peace, happiness and needs everyone peace and happiness too. This book was written amorously ,” ProVerb said.
SA Anxiety and Depression Group (Sadag) 24-hour helpline: 0800-456-789, SMS 31393. For a suicide emergency, call Sadag on 0800-567-567.
Idols Producer And Presenter Proverb In Suicide Attempt
Popular musician and IdolsSA producer Proverb real name Tebogo Thekiso has revealed shocking details of how he tried to kill following the top of his marriage of 10 years. The intricate details were revealed in his book titled Book of Proverb.
After news of his wife’s infidelity need to Proverb’s ear, the musician went into a deep depression. His wife of 10 years was cheating on him with the prominent businessman, Edwin Sodi.
Despite all efforts to fix their relationship through counseling, Proverb, and his now ex-wife Onalerona decided to divorce. Proverb revealed in his book that the choice to divorce left him with a deep sense of failure as he didn’t want to ascertain his wife and youngsters leave and begin a replacement life without him.
One Friday night in 2015, Proverb said he stopped at three pharmacies and purchased strong painkillers. He then got home and hugged his estranged wife, went into the patio, and locked himself in. He says he swallowed all the pills with a bottle of wine.
Luckily for him, his brother found him on time and took him to hospital.
Proverb says he’s human like anyone else and his suicide attempt was his moment of weakness.
During his divorce in 2016, Proverb’s wife Onarelona opened about her divorce during a touching Instagram post. Talking about her life after they called it quits and finalized their divorce, Onalerona Moreo says although she’s back on her feet, divorce seems like death.
Proverb’s now ex-wife says when the news of her cheating first broke she was devastated because she knew she was close to lose everything and her life was going change.
“I would face judgment not only from my families but entire South Africa . After prayer and meditation, I started celebrating that God chose me to experience all this”, she wrote.
Onarelona says she found strength in her purpose on this Earth. “What a blessing! I stay praying, I stay empowering myself and that i stay affirming myself.”
The mother of two says she now knows she will endure anything in life due to that have and is thankful to God for selecting her to travel through it. “It seems like death, a loss that only God can restore”, she wrote.