Popular singer Kelly Khumalo is no stranger to the headlines and in an upcoming tell-all interview with MTV she reveals juicy new details about her high-profile relationships with Jub Jub and Senzo Meyiwa, and how she would sometimes go to church high.
In a teaser trailer for an upcoming interview on MTV’s Behind The Story: Kelly Khumalo, the songbird opens up about her well-publicised problem with substance abuse, say
ing: “I just became so hooked on drugs and I would forget about everything…Dude, I would go to church high.”
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Kelly also addressed her high-profile relationship with the late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, revealing that the relationship nearly cost her her life..
That relationship was “‘waste of my time and energy”, she is heard saying.
In another of the teasers, Kelly addressed her romance with rapper Jub Jub, revealing that when he is released later this year, “He will have a restraining order against him.”
KELLY Khumalo put up a brave face and her best foot forward on Wednesday night as she graced the Feather Awards.
Three weeks after the tragic death of her lover and father of her seven-month-old daughter, the controversy-prone musician made a splash at the annual awards in Marlboro, Johannesburg.
Dressed in a slinky figure-hugging Machere black dress with white detail and a funky mohawk, Khumalo smiled as the cameras flashed furiously.
But her eyes told a different story, with sadness that cannot be denied etched on them. She has visibly shed a few kilos.
After the stampede on the pink carpet, Khumalo joked with Sowetan that she would “fake it, until I make it”.
Khumalo said she was picking up the pieces of her life after the fateful events of October 26 in Vosloorus, on the East Rand, when robbers shot dead Meyiwa.
“I’m strong. It’s my first time out and I had to be out. Thami (Kotlolo), the founder of the awards, is my best friend and we planned this long before everything happened.
“So I can’t say, ‘friend I’m ditching you’ when he needs me the most. He’s never ditched me when I needed him the most.”
Khumalo has largely been out of the spotlight as controversy raged over the circumstances around Meyiwa’s death and the hate on social media intensified. She has been holed up in her house in the south of Johannesburg surrounded by her children Christian and Thingo, family and close friends.
Khumalo kept a low profile at the Feathers, where she sat at a table dedicated to fashion designer Tom Ford. She sat with her “best friend” identified only as Brenda, her spokesman Percy Vilakazi, Gerry Elsdon and her husband Kerry.
She drew curious stares and intense scrutiny, and taking a selfie with her was the in thing.
“I just wish it was not like that. But at the end of the day, hey it is what it is,” she said of the unsolicited attention.
Khumalo pointed out that her healing process had begun.
“I will somehow get there, I guess,” she shrugged. “It’s like Narcotics Anonymous, they say it’s just for today, tomorrow will sort itself out, so I live just for today.
“For now I’m at a place where I’m not ready to be out there. I wouldn’t wear celebratory colours, so black and white for me is subtle and conservative. And it doesn’t say ‘hey, over here’, I’m not in the mood for ‘over here’.”
Khumalo said she hoped to stay away from controversy, that seemed to follow her. “I’ve tried for so many years to pull my name away from it. But it just lingers and looks like it will always be.”
She was not keen to discuss the court developments this week that saw the suspect freed due to lack of evidence.
“I don’t want to discuss that. I want for the moment to just be here. I am at a place where I’m trying not to deal with those issues. Being here with my friends is also part of healing.”
When it comes to the hatred directed at her on social media, Khumalo brushes it aside.
“I’m not the first person to be hated, and I’m certainly not the last. It doesn’t really mean much to me when people hate me for no reason. They just hate based on assumptions,” she said.