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Last updated on Jan 26th, 2021 at 01:30 pm

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Nomzamo Mbatha is opening up about what it is like being away from her family during the coronavirus lockdown

The actress is currently in Los Angeles, where she has been living since 2019.

She moved to the ‘City of Angels’ to shoot her upcoming movie, Coming 2 America 2.  The film stars Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman. 

Nomzamo told True Love magazine that she was expected to fly back to SA before the lockdown, but travel restrictions meant that she had to stay put in America. 

“My plan was to return to SA so I could be closer to my family, but Covid-19 travel restrictions have locked me out of my home country. This heightened one of my biggest fears: that of not being able to return home. I initially panicked, but my calm has returned. I am coping, though it has been scary,” TshisaLIVE quoted her as saying. 

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It’s been an especially emotional time for Nomzamo who this week remembered her cousin Carla Pereira, whom she often refers to as her sister

Carla lost her battle with depression in 2014. 

“I have experienced many tragedies in my life. But the one that sucker punched me was finding my baby sister in our family garden after she had taken her own life… it is a heartbreak that I will never fully recover from but will always be in the process of healing from. I felt guilt and shame,” Nomzamo wrote on Wednesday. 

The 29-year-old said that she questioned what signs she missed that could have helped prevented her cousin from committing suicide.  

“Was I not good enough for her to live for, was I a good sister, what signs did I miss… why did I get on that flight the night before because if I was home the next morning she wouldn’t have gotten the chance to execute her plan. I then turned my fear and heartbreak into love. To understand better about her experience and suffering.”

Despite not being able to be with her family, Nomzamo told her Instagram followers in a separate post that she was “smiling more” these days.

The actress also revealed that she is enjoying going make-up free during the lockdown and often dresses down in a durag and T-shirt. 

Nomzamo might be stuck indoors for now but come December 2020 she will be walking the red-carpet for the premiere of Coming 2 America 2 alongside some of Hollywood’s A-list stars – Covid-19 restrictions permitting of course. 

 

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This is for you my ninja @carla_hd . I have experienced many tragedies in my life. But the one that sucker punched me was finding my baby sister in our family garden after she had taken her own life… it is a heartbreak that I will never fully recover from but will always be in the process of healing from. I felt guilt and shame. Was I not good enough for her to live for, was I a good sister, what signs did I miss… why did I get on that flight the night before because if I was home the next morning she wouldn’t have gotten the chance to execute her plan. I then turned my fear and heartbreak into love. To understand better about her experience and suffering. That She succumbed to her illness and that she is at peace and is free from the pain of this world. That she knew I loved her. That my family loved her. That her friends loved her. So @shantidas404 thank you for allowing me and so many others who have been so close to the epicenter of tragedy to Silence the Shame and give many permission to know that they are not alone. There is no shame. ♥️ There is LOVE . #SilenceTheShame #MentalHealth

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