Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 08:18 pm

Unathi Nkayi got real about her battle with depression during a recent interview on the show, My Truth

The Idols SA judge shared a clip from the emotional interview on her Instagram page.

“It’s okay to not be OKAY. Please watch my full interview. The first I’ve ever done with my father, psychologist Sakhiwo Nkayi. We talk mental HEALTH in families, my journey through my transition into my new life and how we as a family dealt with that.,” she captioned the video.

Unathi said that her depression had led to her consuming substances. 

“I knew I had to establish a routine because depression is smart. It’s not gonna announce itself, ‘Hi, I’m here’. It creeps in. You sleep a lot more. You sabotage yourself a lot more, you consume substances that allow you to be dependent [on them] more,” she told My Truth’s Obenewa Amponsah. 

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The 41-year-old said that she had to accept where she was and slowly regain her independence

Unathi also talked about social media shaming during the interview. 

The singer has been ugly-shamed and body-shamed in recent years, but she says that things started getting ugly around 2012, her second year on Idols SA, when she was much heavier than she is now. 

“It was my second year back on Idols where it really became vicious. When you have social media and we are all operating from the palm of our hands, we don’t realise the impact it has on the receiver. But when you are reading a message from someone that says you look like a stuffed vetkoek or your arms look like they are dumplings still boiling in a pot, nothing can minimalise that.” 

While the social media shaming continues in 2019, Unathi seems to be in much better spirits these days.

The star released her memoir, I Keep Learning, on her birthday in November

“I do keep learning and I love that about life. Hope you enjoy the read. I want us to tell our stories. To archive OUR LIVES as an African people. To more of us, being brave enough and doing it for our future generations. These are some of the freedoms they fought for. I’m so proud,” she wrote on Instagram. 

The book became an Exclusive Books bestseller in just three weeks.