Unapologetic Kelly Khumalo back with second season of Life with Kelly Khumalo
Unapologetic Kelly Khumalo back with the second season of Life with Kelly Khumalo
Kelly Khumalo is understood for shooting straight from the hip. This was never more apparent than in season one among “Life with Kelly Khumalo” on Showmax.
And she’s back as her unapologetic self for a second instalment. Khumalo, arguably one among Mzansi’s most controversial stars, has had to develop a way thicker skin than most over the years.
As such, lately , any hate from her detractors – especially social media trolls – is like water off a duck’s back. Season one among her hit reality series received a million views on the streaming platform.
And the series is additionally up for a gift for Best Soap Structured Reality television program at the upcoming South African Film and tv Awards. She is up against: “Lebo M – Coming Home” and “Somizi & Mohale: The Union”.
While Khumalo was very clear about the show not being a vehicle to line any record straight, she, unintentionally, did just that in handling several personal issues.
Viewers got a peek into the important ugliness that led to her “divorce” from her sister, Zandie, her fallout together with her mom, Ntombi, over the identity of her biological father, also as her spiritual journey.
Khumalo also expressed her frustration over Molemo Maarohanye’s, aka Jub Jub, estranged relationship with their son, Christian.
Ahead of the debut of season two on Thursday, there have been hints of Khumalo scouting out the dating playground. Of course, this immediately piqued curiosity.
In a recent chat with the singer, businesswoman and reality star, she opened about her personal life, the show and her career trajectory.
She first commented on the show getting the green light for a replacement instalment, which doesn’t happen often in SA.
She explained: “I think it’s partly the ratings also because the level of honesty that ‘Life with Kelly Khumalo’ came with.
“And to not discredit any reality shows that we’ve within the country but it had been never about the standard that folks realize , you know, that shows possessions and whatnot.
“This show was purely about me and zip else.”
“This is my story and I’m not trying to line any record straight. I still stand by my word,” Khumalo added.
The first episode opened with gogo (grandmother) back reception , much to the delight of Christian and Thingo, who is Khumalo’s daughter with the late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
Although a heartwarming sight, the problems between Khumalo and her mom remains an elephant within the room.
She explained: “I think it’s us as a family trying to seek out our way back to every other.
“What I’ve learned is that the maximum amount as i’ll have my reservations where my mom cares , it’s still mum and she or he remains my children’s grandma and that i owe it to myself to undertake and amend where I can.”
And she’s made the primary steps by going for counselling together.
Just as there seems to be a touch of progress, there’s another setback – Ntombi wants her own place.
The singer admitted: “Ja, that was a blow that I wasn’t expecting. but, also, it seems like deed .
“What is wrong with this home, you know. Because for us to seek out our way and rebuild the connection that has numerous cracks, is for us to be under an equivalent roof. I still have reservations where that’s concerned.
“But if she is taking that upon herself, then that’s her decision.
“At the top of the day, I’ve learned to not dictate peoples lives. they create their own choices. They choose what makes them happy.”
On the reception of “Voice of Africa”, her eighth studio album, she said: “Oh my, the feedback is crazy.
“The last time I checked – three months ago – the album was sitting on 27 million streams. And “Empini” (her hit single) goes on platinum now.
The conversation shifted to Controversy, her gin which launched just before the Covid-19 hard lockdown in SA.
She admitted: “I took quite blow thereon . If you remember correctly, alcohol was banned within the lockdown.
“And I lost quite lot of cash . We had to place the distribution on hold. We only started distributing again recently once I launched the gin at Granite in Tembisa.”
As for getting tongues wagging for bleaching her skin, she pointed out: “I’m not trying to find feedback.
That is the thing that tons of individuals are misunderstanding with this journey – is that it’s about me.
“I will continue being myself. If meaning brightening my skin, i will be able to still roll in the hay . If it means going for botox. i will be able to do this .”
Khumalo is additionally taking her calling seriously.
“It’s a journey that has no destination. i’m learning and I’ve been learning quite lot.”
On her dipping her toes into the dating pool again, she clarified: “I haven’t any boyfriend. I even have people I play with.
There’s honesty thereupon . As women, we’ve been taught to keep faraway from dating and that we must take what’s presented to us, without having to explore what we like and what we don’t like.
“And i will be able to further decide what i prefer and don’t like. For now, it’s me exploring.”
Coming up this season, Khumalo’s BFFs make a return – although Wanda Boloyi is serving up life goals in Mozambique.
Khumalo even joked about auditioning for a replacement friend as she misses her so.
Interestingly, she has a stimulating shoe collaboration this season.
She said: “It’s tons of labor and a replacement market altogether, compared to the gin and therefore the music.”
And this season, she also has her hand’s full parenting Christian, who is acting out once more . Of course, she takes it in her stride.
Before we ended the interview, she added: “I’ve said what I wanted to mention then and that i stand by any words that I’ve ever said where that’s concerned. I’m not here to please anyone.
“It is my life and my journey. If you don’t love it , look away.”