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Here Is Why Idols SA Presenter ProVerb Almost Committed Suicide

ByMapule Nkosi

Oct 12, 2020

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.

ProVerb – real name Tebogo Thekisho – learnt 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.

“I smiled, I was charming. I presented Idols every Sunday without skipping a beat and said good night enthusiastically as if my life was amazing. Then I went home to cry,”

The Kimberley-born rapper released his debut album, also titled The Book of ProVerb, in 2005.
“I’m a human being like anybody and my suicide attempt was my moment of weakness, of cowardice if you like, but this is about the strength I’ve found since. Me sharing this story was to free myself of it but also to empower others to say we can overcome.”

Through the book, co-written by Paballo Rampa, ProVerb hopes to inspire those who are feeling hopeless and to stimulate tough conversations about depression.

“This is my legacy, I do not wish to be known as the divorcee who attempted suicide, but as a survivor who has found peace, happiness and wishes everyone peace and happiness too. This book was written with love,” ProVerb said.

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