No look­ing back

New bride Itume­leng is on a high and liv­ing her fairy­tale dream with dishy Zolani.

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It’s a lit­tle more than a month since Itume­leng and Zolani (Larona Moagi and Lawrence Maleka) tied the knot and they’re feel­ing stronger than ever on Wed­nes­day 5 De­cem­ber. “They’re still in the hon­ey­moon phase,” says Larona with a gig­gle. “They act like love­struck teenagers and they are cud­dling non-stop – they’re in a good place,” adds the ac­tress. Tumi still can’t be­lieve she had her wed­ding – it was some­thing out of a princess story. No ex­penses were sparred, thanks to end­less funds from the groom’s fam­ily. Be­hind the scenes, the show com­mis­sioned real-life fash­ion icon Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee to de­sign Tumi’s wed­ding dress and he had a cameo dur­ing the dress fit­tings. “The funny part is that Tumi had never heard of Gert-Jo­han un­til her sis­ter Dim­pho (Mat­shepo Sek­gopi) told her about him. She is still ex­cited think­ing about her wed­ding,” adds Larona.

Tumi’s ex-boyfriend Lin­dani (Lunga Sha­bal­ala) tried to stop the wed­ding. Did see­ing him min­utes be­fore walk­ing down the aisle bring back the feel­ings that she had for him? Of course. Lin­dani was her first love but it was a lit­tle too late when he re­alised his feel­ings for Tumi. She’s moved on with her life and a part of Tumi se­cretly en­joys the lav­ish life that comes with be­ing Zolani’s wife, so she isn’t leav­ing him any­time soon. What did it take for her to fall for Zolani see­ing that he wasn’t her first choice? It was hard for Tumi to ac­cept her breakup with Lin­dani in June. She tried to fight for him even af­ter learn­ing that he has a love child. Tumi begged him to stay with her but he re­fused. Although Zolani was a re­bound, he cares about her and treats her well. What would Tumi’s life look like had things worked out with Lin­dani? It would be to­tally dif­fer­ent! She wouldn’t live in this man­sion or drive fab­u­lous cars. For the first time, Tumi doesn’t have to worry about money be­cause it’s in abun­dance. Be­ing with Lin­dani would have meant that she’d be liv­ing from hand to mouth, the ex­act life that she is run­ning from. What are her dreams beyond the mar­ried life? She wants to study and earn her de­gree in min­ing en­gi­neer­ing. She is de­ter­mined to be as suc­cess­ful as Zolani’s adop­tive mom Lindiwe (Sindi Dlathu) who owns a di­a­mond min­ing com­pany.

Zolani and Tumi are lov­ing life as hus­band and wife, even if they’ve had hic­cups.

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