Khanyi’s biography sets tongues wagging

2012-08-16 07:20

Socialite Khanyi Mbau is hogging the spotlight once more. This time tongues are wagging because the 27-year-old’s biography Bitch Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau hit the shelves nationwide yesterday. Lebogang Mokansi wrote on Twitter: “It’s not a book it’s the longest Daily Sun article in history.” DJ Lulocafe said: “The only people who should be concerned about Khanyi’s book are probably those who are mentioned ... everyone else has a choice not to buy it.”

But Twitter was not the only place where Mbau was criticised for her book.

In an open letter, published in Sunday Times on Sunday, Lin Sampson wrote: “But the trouble with you, Khanyi, is that you never really knew what really rich and really grand was because you lived in the world of second-hand Hollywood soaps.

“You thought a Lamborghini was über-chic when everyone knows that only drug dealers and tenderpreneurs with a police record would be seen in one.

“You married a man who thought it was stylish to have a Versace belt in different colours to match his leather jackets and rubbed snail mucus at R600 a tub onto his face. Did you really think this was smart?

“How did you get it so wrong? Your bags are too glittery, your shoes too high, your fights too porny. Your utterances too inane.”

Sampson’s anger at Mbau was apparently sparked by the socialite’s failure to communicate when asked to fly to Cape Town for an interview.

Mbau hit back at Sampson, saying: “In the crazy days I was always available for her (the writer), but I couldn’t meet her in Cape Town for an interview as she had asked.”

“My life is too hectic with rehearsals and performances right now. I guess she saw it as disrespectful. I’m sad, but I finally learnt I can’t please everyone.”

» City Press 7 editor Lesley Mofokeng is the author of Mbau’s biography.

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