Idols winner keen for fairytale ending after troubled past
GETTING married to Shaundore Aspeling is one way Cape Town diva Karin Kortje is busy reinventing herself.
The singer, who wowed the nation in 2005, has not had an easy life. Before winning Idols she was an apple picker by day and singer by night.
She had never imagined her actions would be watched by all and sundry and that some of her decisions would end in a murder.
In 2006 her rising star appeared to be fleeting as controversy dogged her.
Kortje admits some of her mistakes had irrevocable consequences.
In 2006 her then boyfriend Cheslin Williams murdered Kortje’s friend, Renata Kellerman, while the couple was booked into Kellerman’s Durbanville guesthouse.
What followed was a nightmare for Kortje. Already battling to come to terms with her new-found fame, Kellerman’s murder shattered her.
“I was heartbroken. And people said nasty things about me, but no one knew how I felt.
“I blamed myself. I was broken. I felt so guilty that I had associated myself with him.”
Kortje says she knew Williams had been in trouble before but she thought everyone deserved a second chance in life. When Kellerman’s body was discovered Kortje says she told the police to investigate Williams.
“This (Kellerman’s murder) is something I have to live with for the rest of my life.”
Williams’s actions almost cost Kortje her career; her record label backed away from her and scores of corporates cancelled on her.
The next three years were an uphill battle.
“But I managed to keep my head above water,” Kortje says.
She and Aspeling were friends before they became involved. At the time she was dating one of his friends and she says her life was filled with parties.
“I was rebelling in my own way and Shaun kept on telling me to slow down. He said it wasn’t doing me any good.”
Their friendship soon blossomed into love.
Kortje gave birth to her second son Tobin 10 months ago and within the next few weeks she will give birth to her third son. Her eldest son Cameron is from her relationship with childhood sweetheart Stanley Witbooi.
This week, as she prepared for one of the biggest days of her life, her eyes shone brightly when she described how “crazy” in love she was with Aspeling.
“I see myself spending the rest of my life with him.”
Media company Hip Hop has planned much of the wedding for her.
This morning Kortje will walk down the aisle of a quaint chapel at the Houw Hoek Inn near Grabouw.
She will wear an Errol Arendz creation; a crème sunray pleated dress with an embroidered bodice.
A wedding reception for 120 friends and family will take place at the hotel and an afterparty in Grabouw.
Kortje has also been hard at work this year.
“I decided that this year was going to be different and it has been,” she said.
Backed by a new management team she has just finished a successful show at the Baxter; next month she will work on a new CD, due out later this year. She will also tour the country in December.
SWISH: Cape diva Karin Kortje at the final fitting for her wedding dress designed by Errol Arendz. The dress was designed to show off her bone structure and beauty.