Pastor Size 8 opens up on struggle with alcoholism and fame

Prominent gospel vocalist Linet Munyali, also known as Size 8, has openly discussed the difficulties she encountered with money, notoriety, and health when her career was at its height.

During a recent interview with Citizen TV, the mother of two talked candidly about how her personal life and relationships were drastically affected by her success.

According to Size 8, she reached her career peak in just three years, releasing hits that topped the charts and catapulted her into the public eye. She soon realized that material wealth wasn’t everything, so her newfound fame came at a price.

“I was very depressed and I realised that money is not everything, because when I got money and fame, I lost true love, I lost peace. People didn’t love me for me. I got stressed, and I’d drink a certain brand of alcohol,” Size 8 said.

The gospel singer shared the emotional toll of losing genuine friendships, with jealousy infiltrating her circle.

She admitted to facing struggles with alcohol consumption and finding herself alone in clubs in the early morning hours.

Size 8 acknowledged that, without a change in her lifestyle, she might have spiraled into a dangerous path of addiction or even faced a life-threatening situation.

“That world is very lonely. Many people like me but how many loved me?” she questioned.

Pastor Size 8 opens up on struggle with alcoholism
Pastor Size 8 opens up on struggle with alcoholism

Despite her success, Size 8 expressed doubts about her future in the gospel music industry and even started a business as a backup plan.

Her journey took a dark turn as health challenges surfaced, including migraines and high blood pressure. She disclosed having lost two babies due to complications related to high blood pressure.

“I’ve lost two babies from that high blood pressure,” she revealed, recounting the struggles that led her to seek medical attention frequently between 2015 and 2023.

However, Size 8 has since undergone a transformation, finding healing and a renewed perspective.

Pastor Size 8 opens up on struggle with alcoholism
Pastor Size 8 opens up on struggle with alcoholism

She emphasised the importance of right thinking leading to right confession, expressing her strong faith and love for God.

The artist shared that she had been saved even during her secular music career but temporarily lost her way, thinking that the secular world offered greater financial prospects.

“I am not yet a bishop, but I am somewhere, and I love God so much. I was still saved when I was a secular artist. I left God because I thought in the secular world there was money,” she reflected.

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