Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed Thursday at the home of boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic sprinter. She gave this final interview to a South African celebrity news site just hours before her death.
This article originally appeared on South African celebrity news site zalebs.com, and is reprinted with permission.
It is always eerie to hear someone’s last words right before their passing, but this interview with Reeva Steenkamp, conducted Wednesday, gives us a sense of where she was, and how she wanted to spread love and happiness to those she met, before her untimely death.
Do you remember your first crush? Did you ever have the courage to let the person know how you feel?
At varsity I had the biggest crush on a guy in my class. He turned out to be gay (another classmate broke the news to me) and is now one of my best friends.
Have you ever had a really bad dating experience?
I once had to get a restraining order against a guy. I went on one date with him and on the way home to drop me off, we had to "pop by his place to let the dogs out" as he'd forgotten. He didn't own any pets and after I told him there wouldn't be a second date, he moved back home with his parents because "his house smelled of my perfume." Psycho.
Your most romantic songs?
"Dirty Dancing" is one of my all-time favorite movies so several songs off the soundtrack come to mind:
• "Time of My Life" (not the Black Eyed Peas version though!).
• "Unforgettable" is another fabulous golden oldie (a classic love song)
• My more recent ballad would have to be "See Beneath Your Beautiful" (it's a song that has a lot of meaning to me).
• Whitney Houston made beautiful love songs as well, like those off the "Bodyguard" soundtrack (reminds me of the '80s).
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Steenkamp planned to spend Valentine’s Day spreading love to all she met. She was meant to speak Thursday to children about learning to love and valuing yourself first before you can love others.
This beautiful soul’s message to ZAlebs: “I've realized that although Valentine’s Day can be a cheesy money-making stint to most people, it's a day of expressing love across the world. It doesn’t have to only be between lovers, but by telling a friend that you care, or even an old person that they are still appreciated.”