Matlaila portrays the role of Mokgadi in the popular show and told her fans that the reason for her time off was due to life not being fair to her.
“There are times in life where one needs to retreat, isolate themselves for spiritual growth. There is a lot that has been going on in my life in the year 2021. I personally believe that the devil is after me after all that I have gone through this year,” she said.
Matlaila opens up about her recent hardships
The actress recently got married and revealed that, while she was pregnant, she was involved in a tragic incident and almost lost her child.
“Starting off with an accident while I was pregnant, which almost put my life and my unborn child in danger, having a near-death experience during my delivery, I died for 3 minutes, my baby wasn’t supposed to be alive today, I encountered severe near-death abuse from somebody that I thought I would spend forever with and it keeps getting tough,” Matlaila said.
She continued by mentioning that all these traumatic events happened during her unemployment period.
“In the industry we work in, if you’re not working, you’re not making money. Since my maternity leave, I haven’t really been working so I haven’t really been getting an income. But I have been surviving, it’s been very tough emotionally and it’s been a strain physically,” she said.
Matlaila is accepting and looking forward
Matlaila concludes by noting how much she has learned from herself during these difficult times. She is accepting what happened to her and trusting in her faith to guide her forward.
“This period has revealed so much about me. One needs to unlearn things so that I don’t end up in the same patterns of life repeatedly. It’s difficult to unlearn things as an adult because you’ve established your identity. But I had to take some time out, hear what God needs to tell me about myself, listen to the lesson that I need to learn in this season of my life, be willing to grow and grow in all aspects.
“Accepting that sometimes, things happen so the shift can happen. Today I am grateful, calmer, less anxious, no longer depressed because I believe that God is in control and working things out for my favour, but also I believe that a shift is happening in my life and we need to just allow the shift to happen,” she concluded.