SHE hadn’t set foot on home soil for 21 long months and there was much to be missed about the land of her birth.
Family and friends were top of the list, of course – but there were also the treats she often craved, like Cadbury’s Whispers and wraps from a homegrown retailer.
“They say home is where the heart is,” Demi-Leigh Tebow says, chatting to us from her room at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, where she’s staying during her two-week break. “When I’m in America, a part of my heart is here, and when I’m here a part of my heart is there.”
That’s because a part of her heart will always be with her husband, Tim Tebow.
This is the first time the former Miss SA and Miss Universe is back in the Cape since she and the former American football star wed at the La Paris wine estate near Franschhoek in January 2020.
Following their lavish wedding, Demi (26) and Tim (34) settled in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, so coming home after so many months meant everything to her.
Her trip was impromptu, she says, and so Tim couldn’t accompany her because he had to stay behind for work.
She flew to Johannesburg where she spent the first week of her trip with her dad, Bennie Peters, and stepmom, Elzabé, in Potchefstroom.
Now she’s spending the second week with her mom, Anne-Mari Steenkamp, and stepdad, Johan. “The sole purpose of my visit was to see my parents again,” she says.
“I haven’t seen my mom since our wedding. She has an auto-immune disease and we didn’t want to risk putting her on a plane during the Covid pandemic.”
While she was in Potchefstroom Demi also made time to see her beloved gran, Mimi Peters. The 84-year-old suffers from dementia and lives in a retirement home, but Demi was determined to see her every day.
“I was just in time for her birthday on 28 October,” she says. “We had cake and I went shopping for Ouma and bought new outfits and snacks.
“It was really nice to be home.”
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