Trou­ble in par­adise

Peo­ple devastated over Nomzamo and Maps split

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

AF­TER many years of se­cretly dat­ing, Isi­baya ac­tress Nomzamo Mbatha, and model boyfriend, Maps Maponyane, have split. It is al­leged that the son of for­mer Kaizer Chiefs player, Marks Maponyane, is said to be in a fling with a well-known Blog­ger from Cape Town, Na­dia Jaftha, who was also a guest at his birth­day cel­e­bra­tion early this year.

NOT TO­GETHER ANY­MORE

The ru­mour caught fire when an on­line pub­li­ca­tion re­cently posted a tweet from a lady who claimed she spot­ted Maps and Na­dia in the same space; how­ever the tweet was from four months ago. Nomzamo brushed off the ru­mour by tweet­ing to Maps, “Baya sisukele. UGrand Mfethu?” Loosely trans­lated, this means, “They are on our case. Are you okay?” Maps re­sponded with a laugh­ing emoji and said he’s okay and that it will be okay. Nomzamo later shared an In­sta­gram story at a dinner with Maps in the frame of her video. Many fol­low­ers thought the pair was just brush­ing things un­der the car­pet.

Chris­tine Bekker, who is Maps’ man­ager, was quoted in an on­line pub­li­ca­tion say­ing, “Maps is a good guy and would never do that. It is 100 per­cent not true. It’s dam­ag­ing to his rep­u­ta­tion.”

Both Nomzamo and Maps did not an­swer their phones when con­tacted by Move!.

DAT­ING RU­MOURS

The pair had been ru­moured to be dat­ing since 2015 but they both kept it hush-hush and con­stantly

WE ARE BEST FRIENDS AND PEO­PLE THINK WE ARE JOK­ING

re­ferred to each other as ‘buddy’ on so­cial me­dia. In a ra­dio in­ter­view in 2016, Maps con­firmed the two are dat­ing but could not con­firm that they would one day walk down the aisle.

“We have a su­per sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ship where we are both hus­tling, push­ing and set­ting things up. We are lit­er­ally best friends and peo­ple think we are jok­ing about this ‘buddy’ thing but we lit­er­ally call each other buddy all the time and are best friends,” he said.

On the show, Maps also said it helps that they are both in the same in­dus­try and have the same drive. In an in­ter­view on SABC2’s Motswako, Nomzamo also spoke about her re­la­tion­ship, say­ing she was very happy and grate­ful to have a part­ner who is very sup­port­ive.

The ac­tress, who’s younger brother is also an ac­tor, said be­ing busy means she has no so­cial life and time for re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships. There­fore, she is grate­ful for a part­ner who un­der­stands the bag­gage her job comes with.

In March, Maps turned 28 and his girl­friend saw it fit to throw him a mother of all cel­e­bra­tions at the ex­trav­a­gant Val de Vie Es­tate in Cape Town. The two looked stun­ning and ex­cep­tion­ally happy dur­ing their week­end-long event. Part of the itin­er­ary in­cluded guests be­ing spoilt to a per­for­mance by acapella group, Korus ZA, a golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, spa treat­ments and wine tast­ing.

STAR COU­PLE

Nomzamo made her de­but on TV as Than­deka on Mzansi Magic’s Isi­baya act­ing along­side Sdumo Mt­shali in 2013, where she still stars. She has done many pre­sent­ing jobs, in­clud­ing co-host­ing the BET Awards in Los An­ge­les last year. The me­dia per­son­al­ity is also an am­bas­sador for sports­wear brand Puma and Audi South Africa.

The 27-year-old is also the face of Neu­tro­gena and a hair ad­vo­cate for L’Oreal Paris. Be­sides be­ing a model, Maps is a pre­sen­ter and an ac­tor. In his movie, Tell Me Sweet Some­thing, Maps acted along­side his sweet­heart Nomzamo as a cou­ple. He is also an am­bas­sador for Sam­sung and En­trepreneur In­vestec.

GRAD­U­A­TION

Af­ter years of try­ing to com­plete her de­gree, Nomzamo fi­nally grad­u­ated at the Univer­sity of Cape Town and is now a qual­i­fied ac­coun­tant.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view speak­ing about her grad­u­a­tion, Nomzamo said, “For the past five years, it was so hard for me be­cause there was this thing that re­minded me that I had dropped out of my stud­ies and had a cer­tain in­com­ple­tion. De­spite all the things that I was achiev­ing, it just wouldn’t go away.”

The star also wore a very iconic dress that bore pic­tures of all the peo­ple she had lost in her life, in­clud­ing her fa­ther and younger sis­ter. She also had con­tact de­tails of the helpline, The South African De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Group, and this is be­cause of her late sis­ter Carla, who suf­fered from de­pres­sion.

Me­dia per­son­al­i­ties Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane are brush­ing off ru­mours that they have split

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