Celebrity Sophie Ndaba has been the talk of the town on social media ever since her pictures surfaces.

Many have expressed shock at the former Generations star’s appearance after losing a lot of weight.

There were a lot of unpleasant comments and vicious rumours about Sophie’s health as a result of the pictures.

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Thandi Mavata, ex-wife to Sophie’s new husband Max Lichaba, jumped to the star’s defence.

She took to social media to slam the unpleasant comments and rumours.

“Sophie Ndaba now Lichaba by marriage deals with SA sharing her pictures and laughing and has to also deal with the fact that for more than a decade she’s been battling diabetes and now it’s really uncontrollable,” Mavata wrote.

“The stigma surrounding weight loss is so painful because more people still believe you lose weight only if you’re diagnosed with AIDS related diseases.

“Today I saw someone who posted ‘she has to go get tested for HIV,’ how ignorant and disgusting.

“Chronic diseases is so painful and goes beyond HIV. Even with education, people still laugh like they don't know diabetes is very dangerous.

Mavata also praised Sophie for fighting back against diabetes.

“I pray that she keeps fighting for life and never care what people are saying on social media about her,” she added.

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