Crystal Asige won Kenyans over with her distinctive verse in Sauti Sol's hit song Extravaganza in 2019.
While many were captivated by the soft, mellow voice of the lady in white, but many do not know the pain and hardships that have characterized her journey to the top of the game.
Speaking on Switch TV on Thursday, May 14, Asige revisited her life and shed light on an incident that saw her gradually lose her sight.
"There are two types of blindness; one that you are born with and another that you acquire late in life from a condition. Mine was acquired when I was 15 or 16 in school when I discovered that I could not see well, but l dismissed it.
"I thought that since my parents wear glasses, it could have been a genetic issue so I got glasses too," she revealed.Former Sol Generation musician Crystal Asige during a photo appearance.File
This situation, however, persisted until she got to university where she undertook a course in theatre and fine arts. There, she saw an ophthalmologist who informed her that she had glaucoma and would lose her sight with time.
Asige revealed that after she received the information, she took to partying and events with her friends as a distraction from the inescapable reality that she would lose her sight with time.
When she finally completed her studies, however, there were no more distractions and was forced to come to terms with the fact that her sight had deteriorated and there was no way of reversing it.
These thoughts sent her into depression that she narrated lasted eleven months before she finally made the decision to stop pitying herself and move on with her life.
"I was back in my mother's house in Mombasa. I remember that I always stayed in my room with the curtains drawn and did not even talk to anyone.
"I was there for ten or eleven months and I lost weight, my hair fell out and I battled suicidal thoughts," the songbird recounted.
She, however, stated that after the eleven months, she finally had enough and made the decision to shed the destructive behavior that was already ruining her life.
The Safer hitmaker recently parted ways with the Sol Generation over what the boy band called a mutual agreement to pursue her craft through other avenues.
According to Asige, however, she left because the band told her explicitly that they did not want her there.
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