JOHANNESBURG – CONTRARY to her public image, TV personality Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo is a loner.
But more surprising is that the star of Reality Check, a reality show on etv which also features Bongani Fassie and Somizi Mhlongo, does not have a boyfriend.
“There is no man in my life,” she said in a no-holds-barred chat about how Reality Check has changed her outlook on life, her shooting of Rockville, a series on Mnet’s Mzansi Magic, and her role in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
“I spend most of my time alone at home googling, watching movies or reading. I read a lot,” she said.
“Reality Check has opened my mind to value what I have because other people don’t have the things we have. We take some of the things for granted, like being on social media and not worrying about where your next meal will come from.
“Things like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the less privileged people don’t know about those. And if they do, they are less interested in them. What’s uppermost in their minds is shelter and putting food on the table.”
The episode that touched a nerve for Thulo was when the threesome had to prepare food parcels and distribute them to needy families and the sick at Witkoppen Health Care Hospital, a public health facility in northern Jozi in August.
“I didn’t know it was groceries some families would die for. Simple things like candles, matches and tinned food. We were required to hand them out. It was extremely heart-rending.”
Thulo said the shooting of the third season of Rockville ends in November and that she would be involved in the promotion of Fashion Week. She was quick to emphasise that she was not a ramp model, but did fashion, product promotion and endorsements.
She regards Rockville — in which she plays Mpho, the twin sister of Nosipho, played by Minnie Dlamini — as her biggest break on TV.
On her health and fitness regimen, Thulo said she went to the gym four times a week and ate “balanced, clean food that is not fatty or oily”.
— Sunday World