'I'm grateful to God for my wife'
IT’S been a few months since gospel star, Khanya Mthethwa, got married to former Miss SA, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, and he is determined to move on from his past. Khaya was reportedly engaged to gorgeous actress Nomzamo Mbatha but their engagement allegedly ended because Khaya dated her then friend, Jessica Nkosi.
KHAYA DENIES BEING ENGAGED
Although Nomzamo admits that she and Khaya were engaged, Khaya denies ever being in a romantic relationship with either of the TV stars. For years, there were reports linking him to Nomzamo and Jessica. He says this disturbed him greatly and he was worried for the women in question.
“I was worried for them. For me, it’s been instilled that I need to respect and protect women. So I think from an angle of the press and how this whole issue was publicised, it was hurtful because there are actual people behind those names and I feel like they needed to be protected,” says Khaya.
The gospel star is firm when he explains the circumstances around Nomzamo and Jessica and he hopes his account should silence the rumours that there was a slight prospect of marrying the women in question. He says that chapter of his life is behind him and he prefers not to dwell on it. He is now focusing on building a new life with his wife, Ntando.
A FAMILY MAN
Khaya says married life has changed him.
“Getting married reveals a lot about yourself. It has absolutely changed my life. Sharing a life with someone you love and respect is an amazing thing. I’m grateful to God that he gave me an incredible partner. Our priority right now is to build our marriage and do it in the most respectful and private way possible,” he says.
His enthusiasm is unmistakable when he talks about his wife. Khaya, who is an ordained minister, believes Ntando brought the balance he needed in his life.
“Ntando is an incredible thinker and family builder,” he says. “I’m grateful that she has brought balance into my life and is helping me to juggle my career, ministry and personal life. Ntando is also building her own career, but she has done so well in helping me juggle my responsibilities as well.”
SHARING A STRONG BOND
Khaya is not ready to reveal the details of his courtship and how the pair met but he shares that Ntando’s family background and love for God made such an impression on him.
“Ntando has been raised by incredible parents. Actually, that’s one of the main things that drew me to her – how we have similar backgrounds in terms of our upbringing. Having a close-knit family is very important to me. We share a strong bond and we both love God. We also have a dream of changing people’s lives. Those elements kind of brought us together,” he says.
We ask Khaya if he thinks about starting a family and raising kids.
“Everybody thinks about that,” he chuckles. “It will happen when we are ready.”
Khaya darts in and out of the large patio at Universal Music like a boss and it’s with reason: his new single, Mkhulumsebenzi, has been topping music charts.
He also has a blossoming radio career at Metro FM and he is the presenter of a TV show, Gospel Avenue, that airs on SABC1 on Sundays at 9am.
“We released Mkhulumsebenzi and that song just exploded. We have recently shot a music video for it and it’s going to be released in a couple of weeks. We are currently working on our latest album, along with Oasis Worship, to be released in May,” says the former Idols SA winner.