Lerato and Siya create magic even though they admit that working together can be challenging
ACTORS Lerato Mvelase and Siyabonga Radebe’s relationship is not perfect, but this couple has managed to make it work. The pair has worked together in front of the camera and behind the scenes, and they both admit that it’s not an easy thing to do.
LOVE ON AND OFF SCREEN
Even though the couple shies away from the spotlight when it comes to their relationship, they somehow end up working together on television.
They were recently on Mzansi Magic’s Saints And Sinners as Phakamani and Rosie. Phakamani is a thug obsessed with ending the life of a woman he believes destroyed his life. With the help of Rosie – a naïve Christian woman who falls in love with him – he escapes from jail. Rosie later realises that her hopes for a happily-ever-after with Phakamani may not become a reality.
In real life, Lerato and Siyabonga have a daughter together. They recently told a daily newspaper how they felt about working together on a sitcom for SABC called Him, Her and Guys.
Siyabonga was quoted as saying, “Working with your partner comes with challenges. She might want rose petals and ice cream on the table while I may want nothing on it.” Lerato, who is a mother of two, agrees. “The challenge of working with a partner is the emotional attachment. When it comes to business, your emotions have to be countered and you have to know this fight is with my business partner,” she said.
THE LOVE IS BURNING
Despite being hush-hush about their relationship, they do at times express their admiration for each other on social media. Recently Siya made a note that he’s been working with his bae for a long time and there’s more to come. They were also together on Home Affairs and Soul City. “You are my strength and weakness, my sun and my kryptonite. You are beautiful,” he captioned the picture they took at the Saftas. She has not been shy to also return the favour. “Working with my man Siya, the father of my angels, was amazing,” she posted after finishing their sitcom.
DEALING WITH UPS AND DOWNS
Things haven’t always been this rosy. It has not only been their performances which have been making headlines, but also their alleged break-up in 2015. A source said at the time that the couple broke things off because Lerato was fed-up with Siya’s cheating ways.
Reports claimed that Lerato moved out of their house. She also took a car Siyabonga used to drive and their twoyear-old daughter back to her mom’s house in Diepkloof, Soweto. When asked about the break-up, Lerato refused to comment at the time.
“You can believe whatever you want to believe. Whoever told you about Siyabonga and me should finish the story,” Lerato was quoted as saying.
Siya also refused to comment at the time, saying anything beyond his acting career is a “private matter”.
Move! spotted the couple being cosy during the Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB stadium last November.
Even after that, they wouldn’t be drawn into confirming that they have got back together. This was apparently after Siyabonga went to Lerato’s home in Soweto to ask for forgiveness.
When we asked for an interview, Lerato was willing to do it but told us she would have to ask Siya. When we called later, she said they were reluctant to do it.