Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:28 pm

Basetsana Kumalo opened up about her painful journey to motherhood during a recent interview

The former beauty queen stopped by CliffCentral recently to talk about her new book, Bassie: My Journey of Hope

During the interview, Bassie revealed that it was “painful” to go though her fertility journey in the public eye. 

She was 20 weeks pregnant with twins in 2007 when she suffered a miscarriage. 

“It was beyond painful to battle your fertility journey in public… one day you are being written about that you’re having a baby, the next day they say well she lost the baby,” Bassie told host Gareth Cliff. 

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The businesswoman added that her miscarriage made her doubt herself

“You blame yourself [and] say maybe I should have rested a little bit more, maybe I shouldn’t have travelled… and it also makes you doubt yourself… I had to find it within me to, first of all, not lose hope and faith that I will be a mother of many.” 

Bassie said that she always knew that she was going to be a mother. 

“It’s something that’s always been in my consciousness… Even when it didn’t look possible, I refused to give up, I refused to quit, I refused to believe that it is not for me,” she told Gareth. 

Basetsana and her husband, Romeo Kumalo, now have three children together, Nkosinathi Gabriel, uShaka Kgositsile Emmanuel and Bontle ba Morena Jasmine. 

The former Miss South Africa praised her husband for supporting her throughout her ordeal

 “I don’t know what I would do without that incredible man, who just said ‘If that’s what you want. I did not marry you because you should produce for me. I married you because I just wanted to spend the rest of my life with you’.” 

Basetsana shared pictures of her children’s faces for the first time in October.

They attended the star’s book launch. 

She told the Sowetan in an interview that her kids are the reason why she decided to write a memoir. 

“I wanted my children to know my story in my own voice. I wanted them to know who mommy was, what inspired mommy, what mommy believed in, what made mommy sad, why did mommy have so much faith, why was mommy not afraid to fail and when she failed, how did mommy pick herself up. And when mommy was attacked in the media, how did mommy deal with that,” she said.