Interview With Sade Giliberti

February 3, 2011 by  

I got a chance to sit with Sade Giliberti and talk about her career as well as this and that, you know, the JC way. So while I was busy researching for the interview, I bumped into one Monni Mothemela, Sade’s self acclaimed biggest fan with a dream of meeting the former child star. So, being this nice person that I am *cough*, I gave Monni an opportunity to sit in through the interview and maybe ask questions as well, a task that proved too hard for her, all she did was stare at Sade in awe as she was talking, smh. But then I don’t blame her, Sade has this rare mysterious skill of making one feel stupid, politely shem. Her answers to some of the questions I asked left me saying “forget I asked that” and requesting that we move along lol. Anyway without embarrassing myself any further, here is the interview with Sade Giliberti.

Cedrick: Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Sade: Gee man, what do you wanna know? I mean people should know a lot about me already. I was born in Durban, raised in Johannesburg. My father is italian my mother is Zulu. I’ve been on TV for 19 of my 26 years. Many say that should make me a veteran but I’m not, I’m still a spring chicken and I’m gonna take over the industry one day.

Monni: Yoh, can you speak Zulu?

Sade: I spoke a lot of it when I was a child, but because of lack of practice, I can’t anymore, but I understand it fluently. No one can skinner about me in Zulu shem.

Cedrick: How did you get into TV?

Sade: I actually started as a child model, I did a lot of modeling for Jet Stores, Sales House and Edgars. Being a catalog model, I ended up doing TV ads, so after one ad I did, I ended getting my first TV show when I was 7 years old. It was on TV1 back in the days and it was called On The Rock, a children’s Christian show. That was my first TV gig, I did it for two years and grew from it.

Cedrick: How was it growing up as a child star?

Sade: It had its disadvantages and advantages, the biggest disadvantage was that you had to work at an early age, you couldn’t play with your friends like other kids. But at the same time you have fun working so there was compensation there. It was a bit hard at times because it felt like I grew up too fast because I was working. When I was 16, most of my friends were 19 because I just couldn’t be around 16 year olds, I found them completely stupid.

Cedrick: Tjo you must have been one loaded teenager, what did you do with your money?

Sade: I always had a bank account, daddy opened one for me the minute I started working, at 16 I got my bank card which meant freedom to start using my money, but of course I didn’t really.

Cedrick: What did you do with all that money?

Sade: I bought a car.

Cedrick: How was the treatment at home and by friends, as a child star?

Sade: At home it was fine, my parents didn’t see me any different. Friends where very proud of me. It was a different story at high school, there were girls who mocked me a lot, but it didn’t really bother me much because at the end of the day it boiled down to jealousy.

Cedrick: You’ve been on YOTV for a long time, how is the relationship now with some of the guys you worked with for that many years?

Sade: I was one of the longest serving presenters on YOTV. We had the most amazing relationship, we were family and it was exciting, they became my best friends, we used to have sleep overs and we saw each other almost everyday for 10 years. But unfortunately we split up and went our separate ways.

Cedrick: After YOTV you went and lived in London, apparently you worked at some wine place as a hostess?

Sade: After YOTV, I needed a break from all the limelight that I had been in since I started in the industry from the age of 7. I was going a little bit crazy you know I mean I couldn’t even go to lunch with a friend without 10 people recognizing me. I went to London, I stayed there for nine months. I worked in a wine bar, I did a very average job as a bar tender and waitress. But it was an elite wine bar. I traveled Europe, UK etc.

Cedrick: Sounds like you had fun, what made you come back home?

Sade: I got head hunted for some big gig in Cape Town which ended up being the biggest flop and the biggest mistake of my entire life. So I came back for that and it really didn’t work out.

Cedrick: Tell us more about this gig, is it the one that revealed some bad rumors about you which were later proven to be untrue? The ones you never spoke about publicly? Do you want me to write about them now?

Sade: Yes it’s that one and all those stories were not true as you say so I see no point in writing about them. And I really can’t reveal much because I have a good working relationship with the company and it was really not their fault that things went that sour.

Cedrick: So after that gig failed you decided to just stay and not go back to London?

Sade: Well the plan was that I was going to come here for that job then go back to London, but because the job had failed, that meant no money so I just stayed and cried for 3 months, then I got So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and I stopped crying, I cried even more that I had to wear high heels and a weave lol, so I didn’t win, It was just one big fail.

Cedrick: You did a bit of acting too?

Sade: My first ever TV role I played a 14 year old that slept with Nigerians and was abused by an uncle. I did a short film as well, which was easy to do because I was playing someone in the industry. I did Hardcopy too, which was the most amazing, I loved it and was hoping they would extend my role.

Cedrick: Would you ever go back to do acting?

Sade: I’d love to. If somebody was to approach me with a good script I’d definitely do it.

Cedrick: And then you did SYTYCD. How did you get that gig?

Sade: Honestly I was very lucky, they really head hunted me. I was asked to do the audition and I killed it but my image wasn’t what they wanted so they asked if they could change my image. I was basically told by the production company that I was one of the best live presenters in the country.

Cedrick: Can you even dance though?

Sade: Yes I have rhythm if that’s what you’re asking.

Cedrick: Ah well then you must be thankful for your martenal family lol. SYTYCD and YOTV? How is it different presenting the two?

Sade: We can’t compare the two, Wildroom was a completely non scripted show, we spoke from the top of our heads, what you saw on TV was me whereas SYTYCD is a structured show, everything is scripted, there’s a way you do things.

Cedrick: You were featured on Kiki Marli’s piece about tattoos, tell us more about them, do they mean anything?

Sade: I have 10 tattoos, I basically ended 2010 with my tenth tattoo which was a gift from my cousin in Italy. The first one I got when I was 16 that is an Egyptian eye. On my left arm I have “I’d rather bleed in the cut of love than live without any scars”, all my tattoos mean something. I have a huge one for my dad on the side of my ribs, I got his star sign, his consolation and his birthday.

Cedrick: One thing nasty that was said about you in the media?

Sade: Shwashwi wrote once that I looked so hard core I could have punched a big black man, lol you read stupid things like that and all you could do is laugh. Oh yah and on your publication, someone commented on Kiki Marli’s Queens of tattoos article that “Some tattoos are nice on girls but sometimes they make them look nasty and dirty e.g Sade”. When I saw that comment, I just laughed and tweeted “if I was sensitive, I’d be in tears right now”. Things like that don’t bother me much, people have opinions and whatever, people must hate, I love haters.

Cedrick: Are you in a relationship?

Sade: No I’m not in a relationship, this is gonna be my third year being single.

Monni: Why are you single?

Sade: Agg they take too much time, they just consume your mind, it’s such a destruction. And I’m not saying that I will never be in a relationship ever again, I’m just in a stage in life where I need to concentrate on me.

Cedrick: You were a contestant on Survivor, how was the experience?

Sade: It was one of the most life changing, life altering experience, I’ve ever had to be a part of. It was unbelievable. I’d never do it again though. It was 26 hard days, very hard. Through that push to do things, I found out a lot about me, which was very nice.

Cedrick: Can you please confirm the stuff we read about Survivor in the papers for us?

Sade: What stories?

Cedrick: Think mini insects and mini cars lol.

Sade: You know what, when it comes to Jub Jub and his shenanigans, I honestly have no comment. I mean there’s nothing I can say about this guy, from his penis rotting on the island to him unfortunately taking the lives of children after the island, it’s just one disaster to another. There was nothing wrong with his penis.

Cedrick: Yoh, how do you know that Sade?

Sade: Here’s a fact, when you go to the beach, it’s very hot and if you’re in the same clothes all the time and you are swimming in the sea, you get out and you’ll have sea salt and sand on your body. The sea salt dries, now you have sand and sea salt on your body. Your clothes start to rub so you get that rash, we all had it, but eventually it went away, mine was even worse. He freaked out and thought he was gonna die.

Cedrick: Back to your career. What did you study after school?

Sade: I studied photography, I worked at YOTV as a producer, Director and Script writer. I produced all the magazines show, like Blue Couch, O Zone etc.

Cedrick: What do you do when you are not shooting So You Think You Can Dance?

Sade: Well there’s MC’ing work and doing voice overs and some pilot projects keeping me busy but now since I got a new camera, I’m gonna start practicing on my photography more.

Cedrick: You are a promo director at Vuzu?

Sade: I was, I left Vuzu last year. I enjoyed it and loved it.

Cedrick: Tell us about the Legit gig, I really don’t know how it works; do you design these clothes?

Sade: No you don’t design but you have a say in what you like and what you don’t, but Legit being a commercial store, they go with what fashion is at the moment.

Cedrick: Honestly though Sade,I don’t think you even dress yourself the legit way, who did you bribe?

Sade: I didn’t bribe anyone lol, doing something like SYTYCD opened doors because I showed versatility. And Legit showed me, as me but more funky because they let me keep my mohawk, lip ring you know what I’m saying? Like I don’t wanna be stereotype when it comes to what I can and I can not do in this industry.

Cedrick: When it was all revealed, Sowetan reported the deal is worth a lot of money, so you’re rolling in moola neh? You must be eating blue cheese and croissants everyday too.

Sade: Whatever, I still eat 2 minutes noodles. Look it’s a massive campaign so an amount of money is made from it but it’s not an exorbitant amount of money, this is not Hollywood. But it’s more money than what I could have made, presenting four shows in one year.

Cedrick: Tell us, how do you manage to stay out of the papers? KM said I should ask you for the advice.

Sade: Just stay home, I don’t understand why people walk around screaming “look at me, look at me”. I go to the right places where no one is gonna spot me. I choose the right spots to misbehave, or maybe I’ve just been fortunate that I was never in a situation where someone was out to get me.

Cedrick: Mpho also needs advice on being friendly, as her rudeness is killing her career slowly.

Sade: People need to understand that celebrities are also human, I know there have been days where I woke up in a bad mood and ended up being rude to a fan, we are human. With that being said, I hate people who are big headed, it is my worst trade in a person. I’m honestly not fond of any big headed celebrity. I’ve managed over 19 years to keep a level head, I don’t understand how people who’ve been in the industry for 2 years think they’re better than everyone.

Cedrick: Tell us about your future plans, what are you doing next?

Sade: I’m a very chilled person, I don’t really know, I go with the flow, but there’s talks of a movie, just talks, nothing on paper yet, talks of shows, just lots of talks.

Cedrick: Some of the accolades you won?

Sade: 2005 I won Kellogs star in you kids award, for Best Female TV Presenter, which was an awesome award. 2010 I was busy filming a pilot in the middle of Hillbrow and everyone was at the SAFTA awards, I didn’t even know I was nominated and I’m busy getting all these tweets and sms’s congratulating me on my award. I won Best presenter in a variety show.

Cedrick: That concludes the interview, thanks a lot for your time.

Sade: It is my pleasure sir.

To follow Sade on Twitter: Follow @OneSadie

Interview by Cedrick Mashamaite for Just Curious©

Twitter: @Cedrick015

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66 Comments on "Interview With Sade Giliberti"

  1. mama ka Gundi on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 4:35 pm 

    Wow cant wait to read this..luv this chick!!

  2. Kell on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 4:41 pm 

    Love love, love her!

  3. mama ka Gundi on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 4:47 pm 

    Luved it!! Wow i cud actually hear her voice while reading …she is a cool chick and has manged to mantain that thru out! As 4bad rumour care 2fill me in i guess zandiphosa!

    “There was nothing wrong with his penis’ kwwakwakwakwa Jubs manga manga bizniss eish il rather not open that can of worms!

  4. Style_Lista on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 4:48 pm 

    Eish @MamakaGundi uyaphapaha !!!!

  5. Buhlebonga on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:06 pm 

    Nice again Cedrick. You sir, could teach those Sowetan reporters a thing or two.
    Really great stuff.

    This quote summed it up for me on the issue of big-headed celebs: “With that being said, I hate people who are big headed, it is my worst trade in a person. I’m honestly not fond of any big headed celebrity. I’ve managed over 19 years to keep a level head, I don’t understand how people who’ve been in the industry for 2 years think they’re better than everyone.”


  6. MashDiva on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:07 pm 

    I lover her

  7. MsFabb on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:10 pm 

    Great interview, enjoyed reading it it. Love her 2bits.

    Duuude u like Mpho neh!? umfaka nalapho angangeni SMDH!!!

  8. B.MAG on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:15 pm 

    please forgive the sowetan journo’s always getting several blows from jc bloggers.

  9. EmpressL on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:16 pm 

    WOW! Nice one Cedrick. Really enjoyed reading this….love Sade, she is too cool

  10. Lela on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:44 pm 

    Great interview,makes one feel like they talking to her,she has a great personality and I had a coleague who had a huge crush on her and I understood why. Now we know who was supposed to collect that award between you and Ganyane.

  11. lorrelai on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:08 pm 

    Nice interview Ced, was looking forward to it. Thank goodness it wasn’t up early in the morning.

    I like Sade, I’ve always thought she’s really cool, plus she’s a tomboy. I’m crazy about tomboys. There’s just something about her that says, “fearless”, love that. I used to follow her on twitter, but because I wanted to keep on liking her, I had to unfollow her. Somehow her tweets were not doing it for me. I’m still a fan though.

  12. MaCMash on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:08 pm 

    Lela say that louder, I don’t think they heard you. Lol

    Sade, Monni and I all had fun putting this together for you and we are pleased that you like it.

  13. Que on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:32 pm 

    Nice one @MacMash, I have a huge crush on her

  14. Ayabukwa on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:35 pm 

    I love this girl, great interview!!

    Cedrick: Mpho also needs advice on being friendly——-tjo and she does shem

  15. Katlego.SA on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:36 pm 

    i didnt know her mom was black.
    i like her, she’s stands out. i like her bomboyish.

  16. Katlego.SA on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:43 pm 

    what bad rumors about her Ced?

  17. MaCMash on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:51 pm 

    I can’t say Katlego.

  18. Mo on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:54 pm 

    Sade is SUPER cool and H.O.T.T. *hides* and I really enjoyed every second of the interview…
    Cedrick my man…. thanks for the opportunity. DANKIE HOOR!!!!

  19. Mo on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 6:57 pm 

    Oh and I love the picture that you uploaded Ced… Sade and I look HOT together *hides*

  20. soul sista on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 7:58 pm 

    “…I don’t understand how people who’ve been in the industry for 2 years think they’re better than everyone.”

    What a wonderful interview, enjoyed it to bits. Thanks!

  21. Nthoentle on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 8:27 pm 

    Very nice interview Ced, I have always liked this poppie shem. What a humble soul! LOVE her

    Mpho ke mang? Maboi?

  22. lwandie on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 8:56 pm 

    Aww loved this,she’s laid back in a really cool way.That’s first picture of her in a gingham hat is awesome.

    Hmmm fan Monni is rather quiet for a Fan.

  23. Zida on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 9:09 pm 

    Oh no you di’in’t, about Mpho, Cedrick. Kwaaaa.

    She was stunning on SYTYCD. I would die for her wardrobe there.

    Hmmmm…that Cape Town story shem. I’ve heard some thangs. Chiiile…

  24. Dreamex on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 9:12 pm 

    I love it, nt copy n paste interviews we see on magazines, same que on 10 publications

  25. MaCMash on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 9:20 pm 

    Zida wena you know everything I need friends like you

  26. Brown Shuga on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 10:11 pm 

    Lorrelai, I follow her on twitter too and I know what you mean… she sometimes tweets stuff that makes me go WTF. I actually had a girl crush on her till those tweets. Now she’s just an industry gal I like.

    I love her look, the hair, clothes, tattoos, personality, she’s too adorable. And must just avoiding twitter when she’s mad.

  27. Brown Shuga on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 10:13 pm 

    Nice interview Cedrick.

  28. lele011 on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 10:58 pm 

    nice interview indeed. Sade is so real.

    im laughing my ass off at ” “Cedrick: Mpho also needs advice on being friendly, as her rudeness is killing her career slowly.” ”
    so so true!!!
    you become rude to people,life will be rude to you.

  29. Uthando on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 11:35 pm 

    Lol @Lela knwing who should pic that award up wagagagagaga

    Good job Cedric, I enjoyed reading this. Sade 2 me she’s just nje no smanga.

  30. Kiki on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 11:58 pm 

    Sade is such a cool chick. Love her energy & professionalism but what I love the most about her is that she is SADE,she lives for SADE and throughout her carrear she has managed to stay true to herself and not change for anyone. Keep it up gal.

    Nice Interview Ced. I can read this one over n over again. Too good!!

  31. Polly on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 7:12 am 

    Nice one Ced, I enjoyed this interview.

    @Mo, are you trying to tell us that you also have a crush on Sade?

    Love Sade, very cool.

  32. Mo on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:19 am 

    @ Lwandie, I wasn’t really quiet and some of the questions I asked were not meant for the interview but just to fulfil my curiosity.

    @ Polly… no comment… tltltltltl

  33. TL on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:20 am 

    Cool chick.

    So since she can’t speak Zulu, can she speak Italian?

  34. Mo on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:21 am 

    Wena Ced, now people think I just went there and starred at Sade.

  35. lebza4sh0 on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:25 am 

    nice interview, really enjoyed it. she seems like a cool kid, love her personality.

  36. Mo on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:30 am 

    @ TL, she can’t really speak Italian but she understands it fluently…

  37. TL on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:36 am 

    thanx Mo

  38. Polly on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:39 am 

    “Wena Ced, now people think I just went there and starred at Sade”….hahahahahaaaaaa & also take pics.

  39. Mo on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:41 am 

    @ Polly, wa bora… very funny… hahahhahaaha

  40. Polly on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:44 am 

    Mo, blame Cedric for making me think that.

  41. Estee IV WP on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:48 am 

    Well structured interview

  42. Estee IV WP on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 8:51 am 

    Ohh how can I not comment about Sade, she is beautiful, but single for 3 years ay ay ay that like 1100 days, if this is true, then “My name is Jesus Christ and I’m here to save the world” (”,)

  43. MissAN on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:15 am 

    LOL @ Lela…it definatley Ganyane

    Very nice interview @ Ced esp us who watched YOTV back then and I wonder who said that comment about tatoos on Kiki article..

  44. Thiwe on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:48 am 

    yoh this girl tells it like it, i like that.

    she makes being a tomboy so cool!

    single for three years? does that mean no bootycalls? sh*t she is my role model then…lol

    Nice one Ced,very refreshing.

  45. Abut' Majesa on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:48 am 

    I used to have such a BIIIIIIIIG CRUSH on Sade, but these days haaai, her boish looks confuse me !?!?!?!?, but back then I used to think she is the most gorgeouse gurl in the world hehehe teenage hood.

    Majesa Haaiwaane

  46. lwandie on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:55 am 

    @ Mo Gotya ….in retrospect I guess its better to ask a few good questions than tonnes of redundant ones,glad you enjoyed the experience.

  47. posh on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:56 am 

    Wow nice interview, enjoyed reading. I like her style…does she have siblings?

  48. MaCMash on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 9:59 am 

    Sade doesn’t have siblings

  49. lejazz on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 10:11 am 

    It sounded quite like a laid back and awesome interview…Thumbs up from moah..
    Saw Sade in Polokwane last year damn the girl is petite and tiny but I liked her a lot.TV just made her look big which is the opposite of her.

    Hope top brass of SYTYCD will go with her in the next season of the show..she is brialliant in hosting it and her image there is also appetizing.

    Yeah she might be single but that does not mean she is not getting my opinion she is doing NSA(No Strings Attached).

  50. Bohlez on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 10:46 am 

    wow ..thank u thank u thank u( in Jay z ‘s voice) i love Sade and her mohawk…too hot 4 words and she very unique wit her own style,gud interview indeed,@Cedrick why didnt u ask the reason she left Vuzu though?

  51. Lady gaga on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 10:48 am 

    Nice one! i love her too.

  52. lungsta slenda on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 11:05 am 

    wow,,,,gud one indeed not even one saying a bad thing….gud! I love her to bits ….she is an inspiration, well raised n her family should be very proud of her.wish all celebs can follow her foot prints and stop tjatjarag n#x

  53. shybear on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 2:03 pm 

    she is a lovely gal!

    Whats up with this V sign(on the 2nd pic) that i c most celebs posing with? what does it mean?

  54. Cinnabon on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 2:15 pm 

    @Ced…Too Nice!
    I have a school-girl-crush on Sade…*fantasizing about making out with Sade*…sigh!

  55. HoneyPhly on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 3:06 pm 

    whoever said sade was dirty (queens of tatts!), is mentally handicapped! I love her to bits, so refreshing! not trying to be something she ain’t

  56. HoneyPhly on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 3:07 pm 

    @ shy-bear, the V sign means PEACE. it’s the peace sign

  57. Thabi Sys on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 3:40 pm 

    Great interview??? Think it was average, the interview just seems/sounds censored.

    You asked things a google search would have revealed…
    Didn’t learn anything new, no nitty gritty stuff. Hade. Maybe next time.

  58. MsJ on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 4:44 pm 

    Great Interview !!!

    I love her but not the tattoos

  59. MaCMash on Fri, 4th Feb 2011 5:52 pm 

    @Thabi sys, on the contrary, there is stuff in this interview that I have not came across during my extensive research for the interview. Thanks for the support :)

  60. sxylin on Sat, 5th Feb 2011 9:30 am 

    Nice interview straight to the point! Oh I need to know “do u outgrow a language? Like Zulu which is basically spoken everywhr? *confused* educate me pls

  61. MaCMash on Sat, 5th Feb 2011 11:16 am 

    @sxlini I spent some time in JHB then where I had Zulu friends so I learned the language, then I moved to study in PTA where Zulu is hardly ever spoken and I kinda started battling with Zulu.

  62. HoneyPhly on Sat, 5th Feb 2011 3:00 pm 

    i just know i was taught afrikaans 12 years of my life, and passed it somehow. but i don’t understand nor do i know how to speak it!

  63. HoneyBee on Sun, 6th Feb 2011 4:31 am 

    Someone please tell me what these rumors were? I am just curious….

  64. Ntoko The Gentleman on Sun, 6th Feb 2011 10:43 am 

    shes 26? damn i’m 19 this year thought i’d have a chance to hook up with her. she looks 20 to me. Love her personality and her morals. ROUND FACE SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS YOUNG WOMEN.

  65. Tumelo on Mon, 7th Feb 2011 11:28 am 

    I love her honesty! I agree with her about people that have been in the industry for a minute then get all big headed and she been at it for 19 years! Kudos to her!

  66. macpercy on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:58 pm 

    Awesome interview, enjoyed reading it.

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