AMOR Vittone says she has been under a great deal of pressure from friends and relatives to walk away from her marriage because of her husband's infidelity.
But she is not willing to abandon her marriage of seven years with former rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen.
After months of denying that he was not the man in a 29-minute sex-and-drugs video leaked to the media in February, Van der Westhuizen finally admitted a month ago in his book The Man in the Mirror that it was him.
Vittone had a very public emotional breakdown in a radio interview a few days later when she opened up about how the scandal had almost destroyed her family.
The celebrity couple were among guests at the opening of the Southern Sun Hotel in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night when Vittone spoke about how difficult it has been to deal with the scandal.
The mother of two told Sowetan that though she was still hurting, she could not just walk away.
"We have two beautiful kids together and seven years of marriage. You cannot give up on that. We are working on our relationship. We need space. It is hard to do that when the media is all over us," she said.
As if to illustrate that they were coping, the two were all lovey-dovey, kissing and touching.
Asked if she had forgiven him, Vittone said: "I wouldn't say that. I'm still hurting. It will take time. You cannot make a decision when you are still hurting but I have to keep my head up."
Vittone denied reports that they were separated.
"I have never left Joost once. We have been living in the same house. We have had our ups and downs and he's made big mistakes. He lied to me. As a woman, I withdrew and I was angry but we never split up or separated."
Asked if they were sharing the same bed she said she wouldn't disclose that.
"All I can say is that we are working on things and I do not give up easily."
Asked if they were still in love with each other, Joost responded, cuddling the wife: "You have seen for yourself."