finally: AKA talks about the death of Nellie Tempe
AKA finally talks about the death of Nellie Tempe
“The tragic loss of Anele has taken an excellent toll on me, emotionally and psychologically.”
Rapper “AKA” (Kiernan Forbes) has finally broken his silence on the death of his fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe.
Speaking about his heartbreak and therefore the toll on him “emotionally and psychologically”.
Nelli died on April 11 after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub hotel in Cape Town. At the time of her death, those on the brink of AKA said he was beside himself with grief and had sought counseling.
In a statement on Thursday, AKA described the pain of losing the “love of his life”.
“Every day seems like a mountain to climb. I miss Anele, such a lot and I’m heartbroken at the unfulfilled life we had planned together.”
The pair got engaged in February and a couple of weeks later AKA met with Nelli’s family to start out lobola negotiations.
“The tragic loss of Anele has taken an excellent toll on me emotionally and psychologically. Insinuations and innuendos made on my personhood have made it even harder to process, and therefore the strain our families have taken is unspeakable.
“Which is why at this point I select to get back honor my journey, praying that the moments of stillness may bring me closer to some clarity,” he explained.
The star has also handed over his social media accounts to his management to run during this era of mourning.
“Please respect our privacy as we undergo our grieving process, and please still keep our families in your prayers.”
He thanked his family, including his parents, friends, and fans for his or her support over the last fortnight, saying the MEGACY’s love had brought him comfort.
The exact details around Nelli’s death are still unclear.
Earlier in the week, police told the publication the incident was still being investigated with “no new developments to report” and “detectives are following abreast of all leads”.
At her funeral service last week, Nelli’s father Moses Tembe told mourners he didn’t believe his daughter was “chronically suicidal”, saying: “I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to travel unchallenged.
“Until Anele turned 21, [she] wouldn’t consider taking her own life because of the solution. Not one member of her family, my family, would have associated her with suicide. As Anele’s father, I hereby categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she kill.
“We must understand the forces that put us within the situation we discover ourselves in. We must, as a matter of utmost priority, affect the scourge that bedevils our youth: alcohol and medicines,” he said.