Unathi Nkayi has finally opened up on her fall out with Somizi and why she will never date again


Media personality, Unathi Nkayi has finally opened up on her life after KAYA 959, Idols SA and her fall out with her bestie Somizi.

In a tell-all interview with Gareth Cliff who is also her friend and industry collegue she lifted the lid on the many questions her fans have wanted her to address.

on a new podcast titled Uncancelled. In it she spoke about lost friends, her relationship with her ex-husband, and her dating life.

Here's what she had to say:

KAYA 959

Unathi was fired from Kaya 959 radio station after her dispute with Sizwe Dhlomo in November 2021.

Taking to Instagram Unathi said she had lost everything after the saga and had to go to therapy.

“I have been through the most vigorous and painful year of therapy of my life because I lost everything due to a one-sided story that many were too keen to believe.”

Unathi said "everybody stopped calling" her and giving her business and she stopped paying her mortgage for a year after the saga.

"If I hadn't paid my mortgage ahead in 2007, my house would've been taken from what Kaya did to me. For the past year I didn't pay my mortgage at all because I was so ahead."


2022 saw the revamping of the judging panel for season 18 of Idols SA and was Unathi axed after being on the show for 10 seasons.

During their interview, Gareth revealed Unathi found out she was no longer a part of the show through the media.


There has been speculation on the reasons why her friendship with Somizi ended.

The Nguwe hitmaker claimed Somizi chose sides after her divorce from Thomas Msengana.

"Thomas and I got divorced. You [Gareth Cliff] and Randall Abrahams didn't choose sides and he did. Even when we sat on the judging table and I was professional, he was choosing sides. It was fine for him to go on boy's trips with Thomas, but we said you don't cross this line now. He'd come back and speak smack about me on the same reality show, so now you're showing you're choosing sides." she said.

"I don't hate him, we haven't fought, we just don't have a relationship because he chose sides."
Speaking on her divorce,

"We get on very well and we've always got on. We've realised we love each other better differently. We have lunch now, we have dinners, he comes over, he bakes. It's wonderful now.

"He's my greatest love. With great loves, you have to allow them to evolve as you evolve. I'm not the Unathi who he fell in love with at YFM. And he's not the Bad Boy T I fell in love with at YFM".

Unathi however made it clear she is not ready to date anyone

"Dating traumatises me. The door is closed. It is locked right now."

"I've got my phone. I've got my trusted, I don't want to say army."

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