Unlucky in love? Inside Kelly Khumalo’s relationship history
A ‘relationship curse’? Here’s a look at Kelly Khumalo’s dating history since her rise to fame, including her ‘affair’ with Senzo Meyiwa…
For the longest time, Kelly Khumalo – the alleged mistress of Senzo Meyiwa – has been known for her failed celebrity relationships.
Like the Kardashian family, social media users claim the South African singer “curses” every man she sets her eyes upon.
Even her ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Jub Jub suggested that the mother-of-three uses “muthi.” Kelly has repeatedly rubbished the rumours over the years.
In 2003, Kelly Khumalo burst into the music scene when she became a finalist in the Crux Gospel Star Talent Search music competition.
The young singer would go on to have a relationship with music promoter Prosper Mkwaiwa, who proposed to her on the dating show All You Need Is Love.
However, the couple split shortly when the businessman confessed to having an affair.
Prosper – who had two failed marriages after Kelly – was involved in a near-fatal car crash in 2014, which left him bedridden for months. A year later, he died en route to the hospital after complaining about a high fever, reported TimesLive.
His cause of death has never been made public.
— Mama ka Zano (@mrsdubazana) February 1, 2015
KELLY KHUMALO: BOYFRIENDS AND BABY DADDY’S
Here are more men romantically linked to Kelly Khumalo…
In 2010, Kelly Khumalo began dating muso Jub Jub. According to the singer, the relationship was “toxic” and fraught with drugs and allegations of abuse.
Later that year, Kelly gave birth to their child Christian, while Jub Jub was awaiting sentencing for his car crash earlier that year that killed four schoolchildren in Protea North, Johannesburg.
After he was released in 2017 – after his murder charges were downgraded to culpable homicide – Jub Jub claims Kelly forbade him from seeing his son. She has vehemently denied these claims.
Just a few months after Senzo’s 2013 wedding to Mandisa Mkhize, the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper began seeing Kelly.
The singer gave birth to her second child – daughter Thingo – with Senzo in mid-2014. A few months later, he was shot and killed by “hired hitmen” while visiting the Vosloorus home of Kelly’s mom.
The murder investigation – filled with allegations of foul play – is ongoing almost a decade later.
Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzama
In 2016, Kelly Khumalo was linked to married KwaZulu-Natal traditional healer Bhaka. According to the Citizen, Bhaka claims Kelly assaulted him after she demanded he leave his wife for her.
In the end, the short-lived affair came to a halt.
— Tebogo Tsheole (@tmtsheole) February 28, 2015
He said: “I’m grateful to my beautiful wife for being brave while I was doing all these things. ….despite [it], she remained strong and refused to give up on our relationship”.
Chad da Don
Kelly Khumalo briefly dated – and became engaged – to Chad Da Don in 2018 following a whirlwind romance.
This, after he made a saucy feature in her Dance Comigo music video.
Speaking to MacG on Podcast and Chill in October 2020, she said of the rapper: “He was insecure about friends – I have a lot of gay friends – and insecure about my fans. My fans are my life. I am where I am because they support my music, they support my brand, and they support my performances.
She continued: “I had to downplay who I am to just fit into that world of just wanting to have a family. I am not that desperate”.
— Kabelo Selebogo (@kbselebogo) June 1, 2019
HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
According to Zimoja, Kelly Khumalo began dating former Kaizer Chiefs player Mthokozisi Yende in late 2022.
The publication claims they welcomed their child together – a baby girl – a few months later.
The secretive couple has reportedly kept their romance off social media.