Almost three months after being forced to say goodbye to many of his appearances, including being a judge for the music competition Idols SA and co-hosting a breakfast show on Metro FM, Somizi Mhlongo's media personality returns to the television as the host of a new program. Wet Love.
Somizi's life was turned upside down when a series of images of her ex-husband Mohale Motaung describing alleged abusive incidents between the two leaked and went viral. Following the accusations, several companies she worked for asked Somizi to "temporarily" resign from his job while he took care of his personal affairs.
This week Somizi admitted to TshisaLIVE that the last few months had been difficult. “The last few months of my private life have had a great impact on my professional life,” said Somizi.
"As a media personality, it can be difficult for people to separate the two ... Since the media coverage of gender-based violence involving my ex-husband Mohale and myself, I never had the hesitation to share my version of the facts, but I have decided to keep my affairs private. ”
In an official statement following the massive social media reaction to the couple's personal problems, Motaung reiterated the claim that Somizi had abused him.
Idols SA issued its own statement denying and denying the abuse allegations, and the couple confirmed their impending divorce. Somizi has been on hold since the split. “A break away from the limelight gave me time to reflect and now I'm ready to take my game with me.
"I am very excited to be a part of Moja Love, especially as the channel tells our Black Stories in the most authentic and realistic way, which is very important to me." Moja Love CEO Aubrey Tau said the channel was inundated with calls from viewers to bring Mhlongo on board.
"Mhlongo is a celebrated television personality with great television appeal and popularity, and it came as no surprise to the station that our viewers and fans felt that he was the station's missing puzzle," he said.
"Moja Love does not condone or support domestic violence or abuse, but like any other company, it was not considered fair to deny Mhlongo a second chance at his well deserved opportunity to join the channel as requested by his viewers," he added. .
Somizi will make his return to television in February on Lovey Dovey's new dating reality show with actress Gabisile Tshabalala.
The show will see a winning couple with R500,000 and a dream wedding.
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