THEIR romance was the stuff of fairytales. A love story followed by adoring fans all over Mzansi . . . But that was before it turned into a plot riddled with betrayal and heartbreak!
This is according to the gossip doing the rounds on the streets of Egoliwood. And as rumours would have it, all that remains of the beautiful couple that was Thando Thabethe and Frans Mashao is a sad tragedy – that’s been relegated to the dusty gravel of Splitsville.
All eyes have been on Thando Thabethe and Frans Mashao since she said ‘yes’ to his impromptu proposal in Ibiza, Spain, last year. But lately, Thando’s finger is always seen naked without the custom-made engagement ring from the love of her life. It is not clear whether the wedding is on hold or called-off.
#ThabootyMashao had become a trending hashtag on social media, since the couple who got engaged after dating for almost five years decided to solidify their relationship by saying ‘I do’ to each other.
Social media users could not help but drool over the vacations and parties the two attended together, most importantly ahead of the anticipated wedding day.
Upon their return from the party capital, Ibiza, Thando told her listeners on 5FM how the life changing proposal happened.
She told listeners: “I don’t think he had planned to do it, but we had a moment and it was a very deep conversation. I guess he felt it was the right time." Frans immediately got the ring designed when they landed back in South Africa.
LEADING TO THE WEDDING DAY
Thando and Frans had made sure to celebrate their union ahead of their big day.
In December 2017, they had a fancy bridal shower where bridemaids and groomsmen were officially asked to become part of the wedding party. Months on, in March 2018, Thando and Frans had their engagement party at a premium venue in Joburg and in April jetted-off to Bali, Indonesia, for a prewedding vacation.
But insiders say the love has disappeared into thin air – just like the ring on Thando’s finger!
It is not yet confirmed if the wedding was postponed to a later date or called-off completely. A source close to the couple says Frans has moved out of the home they lived in together in Fourways, north of Joburg, and now stays in a house at Hartbeespoort Dam, in the North West.
Thando recently celebrated her 28th birthday with Frans out of sight, instead she was seen taking pictures with her best friend while in Cape Town. Move! wanted to put the speculations to bed and asked Thando if the wedding was postponed or called-off but the multi-talented media personality says, “Unfortunately, I will not be able to comment.”
An informant claims ThaBooty, as Thando is known in Celebville, has called it quits after discovering that her man was allegedly cheating on her. Said the informant: “Her friends have been warning her about Frans’ player tendencies, but she flatly ignored them until she discovered that she was sharing him with other women. “Anyhow, she respects the union of marriage and doesn’t want to start her new chapter on a bad foundation.”
According to another source, calling off the engagement was an amicable decision.
Claimed the mole: “They agreed to take a break to assess how things turn out. The love is still there and there’s no bad vibes between them. Besides, they’ve been together for a very long time.”
Several efforts to get hold of Frans before going to print were unsuccessful as his phone rang unanswered, while text messages sent to him were also not answered.
ThaBooty shared a story on her Insta page. In it, she tried to remain optimistic. It read in part: "I lost the greatest love of my life . . . but everything has prepared me for this very moment . . . I’m ready Lord."