CELEB WATCH

'I'm grate­ful to God for my wife'

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bethuel Mbatha

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.”

MAK­ING MU­SIC

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.

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