Still in love AFTER MARRIAGE
Talented actor and his wife open up about their relationship and family
RHYTHM City actor, Sphiwe Mtshali (36), popularly known by his character's name, Bash, and his beautiful author wife, Charmaine, (33) are still going strong. Sphiwe says even though he faced dark times in his career, being on TV has always been his dream. But through it all and with the support of his wife, he learned some tough lessons and is excelling in the entertainment industry.
MEETING HIS WIFE
Sphiwe says when he met his wife, whom he has been married to for seven years, he was in a very dark place in his life and he never thought he would be able to pick himself up.
“I was young and didn’t know what I was doing. I got a big head and left Generations, which was a stupid decision,” he says.
“I let so many people down and ended up being the laughing stock in my community. I moved back home and thankfully my parents supported me. I had to pick up the pieces and move on.”
Sphiwe says when he met Charmaine, there was something about her and being with her felt right.
“At first, she didn’t believe me when I told her that I was jobless because at that time people always wanted to take pictures with me,” he says.
Charmaine chips in, “When I met Sphiwe, I thought he was a soccer player. We met at a mall and he asked for my number. I refused but took his instead. I don’t know why I called him, but I did,” she says.
HAVING A STRONG BOND
Sphiwe says his relationship with his wife is very strong and it still feels like they are dating.
He believes marriage should be spontaneous. “My wife and I are still young and we still do the things we did when we were still dating. I believe that if we keep things this way we won’t get bored with each other and there will be no reason to cheat,” he says.
The father of five boys explains to Move! that he is grateful to his wife for bringing such wonderful children into the world, adding that he vowed to himself to prevent them from making the same bad decisions he made.
“Back then, our fathers never told us that they loved us because they felt it would make us soft, which is not true. I always tell my sons that I love them. I want them to know that as long as I am still around, I will do my best to protect and take care of them,” says the former Jam Alley presenter.
“I play and rap with them. They have boundaries and know the difference between right and wrong.”
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
Charmaine will be publishing a book called Prince Mqweno and The Children Of The Light, which will be released by their company called Iziki Media and Entertainment.
“My husband and I are going to release a rap song very soon and we are also going to star in our own reality show. We cannot dwell too much on the show, but viewers must expect it very soon.”