Gqom queen Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane has reportedly been hospitalized in critical condition. The acclaimed singer, known for her electrifying performances, was rushed to a private hospital in Durban after collapsing at her home on Friday night.
Sources close to Babes Wodumo reveal that she has been battling depression and overwhelming stress ever since the untimely deaths of her husband, Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, and her mother-in-law in December 2022.
These sources claim that Babes Wodumo has been neglecting her health, resulting in significant weight loss. There are also allegations of substance abuse, suggesting she has turned to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope with her grief.
Speaking to the Daily Sun, Babes Wodumo’s sister and manager, Nondumiso Simelane, acknowledges her hospitalization but denies the reports of critical illness. She states that Babes Wodumo is being treated for exhaustion and dehydration, and the family expects her to be discharged soon.
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Nondumiso vehemently dismisses the allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, labelling them as unfounded lies.
Babes Wodumo’s life took a heartbreaking turn when her husband, Mampintsha, passed away in December 2022 after suffering a mini-stroke. Just three weeks later, she faced another devastating loss with the death of Mampintsha’s mother, Zamanguni Gumede, due to a stroke.
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News of Babes Wodumo’s critical condition has sent shockwaves through the music industry, leaving fans and fellow artists deeply concerned about her well-being. The South African music community eagerly awaits updates on her recovery, offering prayers and messages of support during this difficult time