Former Generations actress opens up about being a mom at 16

Actress Xoli Zondi who became a household name when she played psychotic Zodwa on SABC 1 soapie Generations has opened up about being a teen mom.
Xoli Zondi (33) fell pregnant at the age of 16. However, this did not get her down but but instead it pushed her to work harder and motivated her to succeed.
In a recent Interview Xoli explains that growing up in a poor household and falling pregnant at a young age motivated her success.
“When I found out I was pregnant, I was distraught and devastated because I was very young and had just matriculated,” says Xoli. “However, my family was very supportive so they stood by me through it all and didn’t make me feel like I was the worst person on earth.
My knowledge of God helped me as well because I learned how to forgive myself and pray for strength to move past it.” Xoli says her mother was one person who believed and encouraged her to go to university to study drama. “I was raised by a single mother. We made it through life’s challenges by God’s grace. My mother was the only one working and raising us,” she says.
Xoli says that she strongly believes in teaching her 17-year-old daughter life lessons and having an open relationship with her
“The advice that I always give to teenage mothers is your mistakes should not define you. God knows you by name and knows your strengths, weaknesses and believes in you. Rise up from the place of guilt and feeling sorry for yourself and run to your destiny,” says Xoli.

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