LINDA MTOB’AS love BLISS ... AND HER RIS­ING ISIBAYA STAR

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Sorry, gents. You have to stop fan­ta­sis­ing about sassy ac­tress Linda Mtoba now. Mtoba (25), who plays Zama Ng­wenya on hit drama Isibaya, broke the hearts of many of Mzansi’s men when she posted her tra­di­tional-wed­ding pic­tures on In­sta­gram this week. A few did not take the news well, with one hurt male fol­lower, Sipho Mokati, tweet­ing a re­quest to be­come hus­band num­ber two.

Bayanda Mzoneli from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Hus­bands and Boyfriends (Na­hab) lamented on Face­book: “Na­hab has noted, with dis­ap­point­ment and anger, the re­ports of Ms Linda Mtoba’s pur­ported wed­ding over the week­end. As if coloni­sa­tion, apartheid, land dis­pos­ses­sion and the plun­der­ing of our nat­u­ral re­sources by white peo­ple was not enough, a white man has now mis­ap­pro­pri­ated, unto him­self, one of our prized na­tional as­sets, Linda Mtoba.”

Mx­olisi Phen­duk­wayo fol­lowed, creep­ily, with: “We are call­ing on all Na­hab mem­bers to make con­tri­bu­tions in putting to­gether the money that was paid for lobola by this mlungu guy called Steve and pay him back his un­holy lobola of our na­tional key point.”

In an in­ter­view this week, Mtoba wore a sil­ver-and­bronze wed­ding band. She ad­mit­ted some of the com­ments were hurt­ful, while oth­ers were very funny.

“My hus­band and I read the com­ments and just laughed,” she said.

Mtoba de­clined to re­veal her hus­band’s name, say­ing she needed to re­spect the fact that her hus­band was not the one in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The cou­ple has been to­gether for the past six years and met through a mu­tual friend in Dur­ban. From the first day they “just clicked – it was love at first sight”, she says.

“It feels great to be a wife. There is a bit of a change be­cause of our com­mit­ment to each other and now there is a sense of be­long­ing,” she says.

Mtoba and her on-screen char­ac­ter, Zama, have one thing in com­mon – they are both in love. She re­calls how her hus­band pro­posed to her. “It was a ran­dom Sun­day and it was very cloudy, it was just the two of us in our home in the most nat­u­ral state. We were just canoodling in the bed­room and I just saw him tak­ing out a ring, he took my hand and put a ring on it. It was the most per­fect thing ever and I couldn’t say no,” she says.

“I had told him be­fore that the day he de­cides to pro­pose to me, it has to be nat­u­ral and sim­ple be­cause we’ve done many ro­man­tic things be­fore.”

More bad news for her male fans: Mtoba is busy plan­ning her white wed­ding. It will be in­ti­mate and pri­vate with fam­ily and close friends.

Mtoba, who will have been in Isibaya for a year next month, never stud­ied drama. The show was her first act­ing gig. The former isiZulu teacher was mo­ti­vated by a friend to au­di­tion.

“My friend be­lieved in me, more than I be­lieved in my­self. When she en­cour­aged me to au­di­tion for Zama’s role, I doubted my­self,” she says. “But when I left that au­di­tion room, I had a feel­ing I’d nailed it.”

How­ever, she says she has turned down two big act­ing gigs be­cause she feels she still has to per­fect her craft be­fore jump­ing to another ship. Mar­riage and fame, she says, won’t change her. “I’m still your girl from next door and I like spend­ing time in­doors. If I’m not shoot­ing, I spend most of my time with my fam­ily in Um­lazi. My fam­ily ... let me be what I want to be.”

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LETSIE

BREAK­ING HEARTS Ac­tress Linda Mtoba has dis­ap­pointed her le­gion of fans with news of her mar­riage

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