Samthing Soweto reacts to mean weight loss remarks - 'I am going through a lot'

Samthing Soweto reacts to mean weight loss remarks - 'I am going through a lot'

Singer Samthing Soweto has clarified that he is not dying and he is not sick. 

Samthing Soweto
South African singer Samthing Soweto / Instagram (@samthingsoweto)

Samthing Soweto is setting the record straight after social media users expressed concern about his recent weight loss. 

The singer, whose real name is Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba, caused alarm after posting a picture on Instagram to show off his new haircut. 

"Samkelo are you good my brother? We’re here for you as your fans and we love you…." one fan commented.

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Some were not as kind in the comments, with a few people asking if he was sick or dying. But Sam's fans were quick to defend him. 

"Stop spreading hate or saying something that can hurt him yall don't know what his going through," one person wrote.

Another commented: "I'm sure he knows and he's noticed that he's lost weight, there's absolutely no need to remind him every time he posts."

Samthing Soweto returned to Instagram four days later to talk about his weight loss. The SAMA winner thanked his fans for their concerns but assured them he was not dying. 

"[You] are not wrong. I am going through a lot and I just wanted to thank everyone who sent a prayer, who sent loving messages and support. I really appreciate it... "I'm not dying, I'm OK. I'm not sick," the 'Isphithiphithi' hitmaker said.


Sam says he has just changed his lifestyle and there are things that he no longer does and eats. He says he also does physical activities every day. 

"Those things make people change... and that is why I look like this."

He added that he is thankful to each and every person who has reached out to him with kind words or defended him on social media. 

"There are things I will not talk about because they are personal. But right now, it feels like the concern and the love, are things that most of us as artists need." 

Sam says artists are often forgotten about and the love and support from their fans helps to lift their spirits. 

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Sam's industry peers showed him some love in the comments section. 

"Strength to you bhuti," DJ Black Coffee wrote. 

Nhlanhla Mafu (née Nciza) added: "One of the sweetest, most humble and most talented humans I know. We love you so much and can't wait for the new music."

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