No luck with love
Best friends Lesedi and Brandon get into a relationship before his family moves out of town.
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Investigative journalist and single mother Zoe (Schelaine Bennett) is up in arms on Wednesday 23 May when she learns that her teenage son Brandon (Donovan Pieterson) is more than just friends with his classmate Lesedi (Luyanda Mzazi). “Zoe goes nuts,” reveals Schelaine. Because of Brandon’s autism, Zoe tried to stop him from entering the dating world in order to protect him from getting his heart broken. “Like any concerned parent, Zoe is being cautious as she fears that Brandon could walk away from his romance leaving Lesedi devastated,” adds the actress. But Luyanda hints that Zoe has nothing to worry about and “Brandon and Lesedi have a good thing going. They have spent a lot of time together over the past three months. Even if their romance fails they have a solid friendship to fall back on,” explains the actress.
Lesedi’s past relationships didn’t work out due to her family being against her dating ex-boyfriends Mpho (Junior Singo) and Brian (Buhle Ndlovu). She would sneak out of the house to see them, but with Brandon it’s different. “Both of their families know about everything that they do. She’s transparent this time around and she makes Zoe feel at ease about dating her son,” explains Luyanda. The budding romance is still new for Brandon and “Lesedi has to teach him how to be affectionate,” snorts the actress. “We see another side of Lesedi when she’s in a relationship with Brandon. She is responsible and often takes lead as she’s first to hold his hand or initiate conversation.”
THE PERFECT CATCH
Before Lesedi knew about Brandon’s autism, she avoided him like the plague because he was socially awkward and refused to talk to any of his classmates. But some time later Lesedi warmed up to Brandon and reached out to him and “her grandmother Gog’Flo (Ivy Nkutha) advised her to read about autism, which helped Lesedi gain more insight about Brandon helping the pair to become friends,” says Luyanda. Brandon’s comfort levels around Lesedi starts to improve by Monday 28 May with him fully stepping out of his comfort zone and going to the movies with her and even going against his “rules” by eating different coloured sweets. “Brandon is everything that Lesedi ever wanted in a boyfriend. He is easy to talk to and taught her how to be open-minded. In the short time that they’ve know each other, Lesedi and Brandon have learnt a lot from one another, it’s a pity that it doesn’t last long,” says the actress.
MAKING AN EXIT
But things come to an abrupt halt for the happy young couple when Brandon’s family decide to flee Joburg on Monday 4 June. His recovering-alcoholic granddad Michael’s (Terence Bridgett) business reputation is in ruins thanks to a scathing article about him in mid-May that sent him back to the bottle. Even though Brandon moves to Cape Town and they won’t be seeing much of each other anymore, they decide to remain friends and “will always keep in touch. Lesedi and Brandon plan on calling each other every day with videocalls too – it’s not the end for them,” hints Luyanda.
Lesedi’s positive new romance is going down in flames.
Brandon and his family are leaving.