Khumbul’ ekhaya’s Andile Gaelesiwe laid her father to rest: “He was God’s apology and comfort to me after my biological dad proved to be a monster”
Andile Gaelesiwe. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Khumbul’ ekhaya presenter Andile Gaelesiwe
has lost her stepfather Dibetlela Gaelesiwe to cancer recently. Andile says she
learnt about his passing while busy on a shoot.
Taking to her Instagram page she shared
that she is heartbroken to have lost her ‘McGuyver’ just days after he was
diagnosed with the chronic illness.
“I was on set helping a family solve their
differences after which I stole a brief moment to check my phone..,Too many
missed calls to count then the blow to my gut when I was told that Dad who was
battling cancer that we had found out about a mere few days before, had succumbed
to it [sic],” she posted.
Andile describes the man as, “God’s apology
and comfort to me after my biological dad proved to be a monster.” Andile has
alleged that her biological father raped her when she was a young girl.
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Dibetlela was more than just a father to
her. She wrote that he was her confidant, car mechanic, handyman, driver and
relationship advisor to mention a few. She fondly remembers how he would tease
her about her choices when it came to men in her life.
She says he taught her never to settle when
it comes to men in her life. “[He] told me I was a Queen and to take my time in
finding a life partner, [he] told me never to settle,” she wrote.
She was married to sports presenter Udo
Carelse and the pair divorced a few years later. Another known relationship is
with former Muvhango actor Lesley Musina who confirmed their split to Move!.
In a TV interview in Tumi Morake’s show,
#WTFTUMI, Andile put it on record that she has split with Lesley and has
already moved on.
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long ended between Andile and Lesley
The lesson she learnt from her father were
put to practice for sure.
She wrote that despite the fact that her
father was not rich, he was everything.
“Papa was not a millionaire but he was
everything that money can’t buy. The way he loved my mother and took care of
her, defending her from family members who disapproved of her in the early
years of their relationship. Even defending us the two daughters he took in
when he married our mom,” she explained.
Andile shared that she has no clue how
she’ll get through the loss but she “will always be a Gaelesiwe and proudly