SONGBIRD Kelly Khumalo is probably one of the most recognised singers in the country who is loved by many. Even with all her fame and success, Kelly still struggles with trust and rejection in her relationships.
STRUGGLING WITH REJECTION
Interviewed by her close friend, Thami Dish, on Touch HD, Kelly opened up about how trust issues and rejection in relationships are still a problem for her. The radio presenter was able to get the singer to delve into her love life.
Kelly admitted that her fear of rejection is one thing that holds her back from pursuing a new romantic partner.
“I am still struggling with rejection. I cannot deal with rejection. When I’m in a relationship and I don’t know how you feel about me‚ I’m not going to be that girl who tells you upfront how I feel because I am afraid of how you might take it or what if it isn’t reciprocated?” she asked.
“I don’t trust. I need to trust. For me, I struggle with that. I am probably the only person that I trust.”
Speaking about the judgemental society, the mother of two added, “Everybody goes through things but somehow it becomes taboo when Kelly goes through the same things. You are even afraid to say‚ ‘I’m actually single’, because everyone will think‚ ‘Kelly you have it all. You are beautiful‚ you are talented’ and I’m like ‘uh ah’.”
LOVE AND MARRIAGE
Kelly’s trust issues are based on her experiences. It is well-known that the award-winning artist has a son with her former lover and rapper Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye. Things did not end well between them after Kelly claimed he had abused and cheated on her on numerous occasions.
Kelly tried to make the relationship work even after Jub Jub was arrested after a drag racing accident with a friend that claimed the lives of four Soweto pupils. Kelly then moved on to married soccer star, Senzo Meyiwa. Their relationship ended tragically when Senzo was shot dead at Kelly’s mom’s house in Vosloorus in 2016. They have a daughter together. Millions of South African up to this day still believe Kelly really knows who killed Senzo.
A WOMAN WITH MANY HATS
The Asinne hit-maker is definitely a hard working artist and being stagnant is not her thing. She has just released a new single titled Jehova featuring J Flo, which has been well received by her fans and is trending on social media.
Kelly has also ventured into other streams in the entertainment industry, proving she is a woman of many talents. The star presents a show on GAU TV called Love and Matrimony. On the show, Kelly speaks to celebrities about their relationships and how they make things work.
She has recently joined Metro FM presenter and DJ, Mo Flava, as a judge on a talent search competition show called The Remix SA which airs on SABC1.
On the show, there are teams of three people. These are mainly a producer, a vocalist and an instrumentalist. There is a theme each week which the contestants must adhere to. With her musical background and experience, Kelly makes a good judge. A few weeks ago, Move! spoke to Mo Flava about the show and he said, “Kelly is cool and brings a good vibe to the show. She is easy-going and this could be because she is comfortable around me.”
When reached for comment, Kelly declined to be interviewed.