Themba Ntuli is no stranger to the film and television industry. Since a young age, he has appeared in numerous local TV adverts, shows and popular films.
His charismatic attitude and zest for life have won him the attention of many, especially considering that his growth hormone deficiency did not hinder him from chasing his dreams and becoming the best version of himself.
Themba insists that he is not ill. In fact, he considers himself to be the healthiest man he knows. And now, thanks to Hope, Themba also considers himself the happiest man alive since he met and married his true love.
Their love story
The couple recently appeared in an episode of For Better Or Worse with Mo and Phindi. The two shared details of how they met, their Christianity, their finances and Themba’s condition.
Their first interaction with each other was through social media. In 2008, Hope sent Themba a Facebook message asking about a youth campaign he was involved in at church. The two interacted via social media before they finally met at an event three years later.
Now, because of his condition, Themba explains that he was not looking for love and came to terms with the idea of being single for the rest of his life, as women were not interested in a romantic relationship with him. However, the universe had other plans in mind for both of them.
After a long-term friendship, their shared interest in church activities and Hope not being fazed by Themba’s condition, the actor decided to ask for her hand in marriage. The couple married in March 2019.
Themba’s growth hormone deficiency
In the episode, Themba had an appointment with his doctor to discuss his bone structure. To his surprise, doctors explained that they had a solution for his deficiency. Doctors offered to give Themba growth hormones to assist in his growth as his condition had left him with the bone structure of an 11-year-old.
Elated by the news, Themba told Hope [whom he was dating at the time] about the doctor’s suggestion. Although Hope thought the growth hormone proposal was a great solution, she opted for Themba to not go through with the process as she loves him just as he is.
“For her, it didn’t matter, and for me, that was a grave concern because I thought to myself, other women don’t look at me, why would she?” – Themba
From that day on, Themba knew that Hope was the woman he was destined to marry.
The handling of finances in their marriage
It’s no secret that Themba works in an industry where one’s job is never guaranteed. However, Hope explains that when it comes to money, trust and openness is their strategy in avoiding any mishaps when it comes to their finances.
“You need to be careful about how you use your finances and don’t be afraid to mention that you’re broke. Transparency and honesty, that’s how we get to deal with our finances.” – Hope
Watch Themba and Hope’s love story on For Better or Worse with Mo and Phindi, now streaming on DStv Now.
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