In­cred­i­ble COU­PLE

Ler­ato and Siya cre­ate magic even though they ad­mit that work­ing to­gether can be chal­leng­ing

Move! - - COVER STORY - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe

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.

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