A bestie to the res­cue

Tho­bile goes the ex­tra mile and fakes be­ing GC’s girl­friend when his par­ents pop in unan­nounced.

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Hair­styl­ist GC and salon boss Tho­bile (Khaya Dladla and Nokuthula Mabika) know each other in­side out af­ter four years work­ing to­gether. So it’s ob­vi­ous that some­thing is up with GC on Fri­day 7 July and Tho­bile prods for answers. “GC is act­ing weird, very up­right and not him­self,” laughs Nokuthula. His con­trol­ling par­ents Bhomu and MaXimba (Mduduzi Nombela and Ma­bel Mthombeni) ar­rive to KwaMashu on Fri­day 7 July and the news isn’t good. “He’s going crazy,” hints No­juthula. “They’re plan-ning to send him to their ru­ral vil­lage to marry the royal princess.” Yip, they still don’t that he’s gay “but he’d rather suf­fer in si­lence than tell his par­ents – and he doesn’t want any­one blow­ing his cover,” adds Nokuthula.

TRUTH HURTS

Tho­bile and their pal Sma (Sihle Nd­aba) are stunned by flam­boy­ant GC’s mas­cu­line over­haul on Mon­day 10 July but they agree to help sell his lie. He’s also put his wed­ding plans with fi­ancé Jojo (Siph­e­sihle Cele) on hold, only to have his par­ents ask if his “friend” Jojo will be his best man. “Jojo loses it and he or­ders GC to tell his par­ents the truth about their ro­mance,” says Nokuthula, “but GC can’t dis­ap­point them.” With GC’s mind made up, Jojo dumps him on Tues­day 11 July. Jojo re­turned to win GC’s heart in early June 2017 and af­ter liv­ing in the closet him­self, he doesn’t want to be forced back into the dark. “Jojo wants GC to stand up for their love. He hopes that this break-up will open his fi­ancé’s eyes to tell the world their truth.”

THE LY­ING GAME

Jojo’s going to have to wait – GC puts a ring on Tho­bile’s fin­ger on Wed­nes­day 12 July and asks her to be his fake fi­ancée. “She knows that this lie is dif­fi­cult but she will do any­thing to sup­port GC in his time of need,” says Nokuthula. Tho­bile gets into char­ac­ter to meet her “in-laws” on Thurs­day 13 July but they don’t like her! “GC’s fam­ily think that she’s ‘ghetto’. They’re from a dif­fer­ent world, but that’s not a prob­lem,” hints Nokuthula. Tho­bile says that she’s preg­nant to win them over but that lie leads to a prob­lem on Mon­day 17 July – GC and Tho­bile are told to plan their wed­ding… in his vil­lage. “Poor GC,” adds Nokuthula, “that same day he finds a let­ter from Jojo. He’s left to let GC ‘get on with his wed­ding’. Will GC lose the love of his life for a lie? “Maybe…” teases Nokuthula. “Maybe not.”

GC and his “fi­ancée” Tho­bile en­ter­tain his par­ents. Tho­bile plays the dot­ing wife-to-be.

Jojo tries to force GC to come out.

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