CELEB WATCH Za­hara madly in love again

Be­ing five years older than her boyfriend is not a stum­bling block for the Afro-pop singer

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Masego Mo­rake

AFTER los­ing her brother, be­ing called a drunk­ard and break­ing up with her fi­ancé, Umhlobo Wenene FM's Amaza Nt­shanga, it seems like the sun is fi­nally shin­ning on Za­hara, real name, Bulelwa Mku­tukana (28). The re­lease of her new al­bum, Mgodi, this month, is not the only good news for the Afro-pop singer as she will be walk­ing down the aisle with her 23-yearold boyfriend, Ian Sibiya. The pair has been dat­ing for a cou­ple of months and have never been se­cre­tive about their love.

UN­LUCKY IN LOVE

Many were shocked when Za­hara and Amaza’s wed­ding plans came to a screech­ing halt.

In pre­vi­ous in­ter­views, Za­hara said she had “given him back the ring he bought when he pro­posed and asked him to leave”.

This was after a frank dis­cus­sion be­tween the two about how things were no longer work­ing be­cause she found her­self crying reg­u­larly after their nu­mer­ous fights. She even had to give back the R20 000 he had paid for lobola.

Asked how he feels about his ex mov­ing on, Amaza re­fused to com­ment.

“I have no com­ment on other peo­ple’s is­sues,” he says.

SEC­OND EN­GAGE­MENT

Some fans have ex­pressed shock and dis­ap­proval at the cou­ple’s age gap, but Ian seems to be deeply in love with the Loliwe hit­maker. He re­cently told an on­line mag­a­zine that Za­hara is an in­cred­i­ble woman. “She in­spires me and I have learnt a lot from her. She has helped me deal with so much in my life and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port I get from her,” he was quoted as say­ing. “I feel at peace with her. I see my fu­ture with her. I told her fam­ily that the next time they see me I will bring cows (to pay lobola )andIam se­ri­ous about that. We are work­ing to­wards that and it will be soon.”

AGE GAP NOT AN IS­SUE

In pre­vi­ous in­ter­views, Ian said that Za­hara is not both­ered by their age gap, adding that as long as he can pro­vide for his woman as a man should, then the age dif­fer­ence is not an is­sue.

Za­hara is on record say­ing that she be­lieves Ian is ma­ture, so she doesn’t mind the age gap.

“I was ac­tu­ally shocked to find out he’s 23. The age dif­fer­ence doesn’t change any­thing. Ian is very ma­ture and he re­spects me so much. He speaks to me like I’m a queen. He has his own ca­reer and doesn’t de­pend on me,” she says.

Za­hara tells Move! that she is ex­cited about her new re­la­tion­ship and wants to take it to the next level.

“Mar­riage is ev­ery girl’s dream. If Ian is the one who is talk­ing about mar­riage, then it is good,” she says.

Za­hara and her boyfriend, Ian Sibiya are not shy to show off their love

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