Editor's note

By Drum Digital
07 March 2014

Khosi's take on the intricate issue of celeb's privacy

Ask any film, music or broadcasting student about the desired end result and inevitably it’s “to become a celebrity”. Ask the millions of fans who watch these celebrities on TV or hear them on radio and they all want to be like them.

Ask any fan what they want to know about their favourite celebrity and the answer is “everything”: From what they wear to what they eat, where they went and with whom.

Ask the celebrities themselves and the answer is completely different.

After years of working to become famous, they wish they weren’t in the spotlight all the time. Most say they would like to be left alone.

Their private lives must remain private they say, especially when it is news they’d rather keep to themselves. And yet, whenever they have a product to launch or endorse, we are always the first ones on call.

This is where it gets very interesting because personalities will put their names on almost anything these days – even underwear.

Where’s the privacy in that? How do you afford someone privacy after they’ve revealed their underwear, their naked bum, how much they spend on haircare, food, furniture and cellphones? In their quest for relevance, how much can celebrities reveal of themselves? Or should they be the ones who dictate the meaning of privacy?

I found myself dealing with this issue as Lagosh, a struggling musician, spoke to us about his music and his relationship with ever-popular Sophie Ndaba.

Sophie has been in the industry for over 20 years. She is by far one of the most loved people in Mzansi.

In her quest to help a fellow artist, she says she was tricked and unflattering pics were taken of her.

Did Lagosh abuse her kindness and celebrity status when those pictures first surfaced? This week, both parties finally break their silence.

See our story on page 20 DRUM 13 March 2014

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