The story of how these 7 local celebrity couples met their better half

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Somizi Mhlongo, Mohale Motaung
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From a chance meeting on the dance floor, to sliding into the DMs - everyone's love story has to start somewhere.

And celebrities are no different. 

Here's the story of how these seven local celebrities met their significant other: 

1. Clint and Steffi Brink

Actor Clint Brink and his reality star wife, Steffi's love story is one for the digital age. 

It was the former Miss Namibia who caught the attention of Clint, who slid into her DMs, writing, "You are gorgeous."

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In 2017, the actor shared a screengrab of the conversation on Instagram, and it is super cute. 

"By the time I decided to inbox her, I did some mini profile stalking & besides her obvious beauty... saw her heart in her words... it's close to a year of being married and deciding to risk my heart again was the best decision I made in my life," he captioned the post. 

After dating for just three months, Clint proposed to his fitness model girlfriend, and one month later they were married. 

2. Demi-Leigh and Tim Tebow

Former Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh and her husband American sports star Tim met at a charity event during the beauty queen's Miss Universe 2017 reign.

In 2018, shortly after making their relationship Instagram official, Tim appeared on USA Today, speaking to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about how the couple met.

He said: "Her sister has special needs, so we invited them to Night to Shine in South Africa. We kind of met and started talking through that and haven't stopped."

Hosted across the world, Night to Shine is an initiative created by Tim, which celebrates those with special needs.

Demi-Leigh and Tim recently celebrated their 6-month anniversary, after tying the knot in Cape Town earlier this year.

3. Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung

Somizi and Mohale first locked eyes during Somizi's book signing in Johannesburg in 2017.

In 2019 Somizi re-shared Mohale's Instagram post from the day they met, saying that he knew after the chance-meeting that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Mohale.

"U were number 13 on the line and by the time I signed yo book I knew I'd wanna be with u for a lifetime. Weird I know. But I knew, [sic]" he wrote.

Three years after meeting, the couple is now happily married, and their TV wedding special broke Showmax's viewership records.

4. Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly 

In April, choreographer Bontle and rapper husband Priddy Ugly shared their love story, which started in high school.

In a video shared on their joint YouTube account, the couple shared how they met 13 years ago.

"We started off as friends," they began before Priddy Ugly revealed how Bontle made the first move.

"We were friends for like two years from when I was 16. And then at the end of my matric year, a young pretty lady asked me out," the rapper revealed.

"So, I did the right thing and asked him out. And here we are - 10 years later," said Bontle.

The couple married in September 2019 and welcomed their first child together later that year in November.

5. Rolene and D'Niel Strauss

Rolene and her husband D'Niel's love story started before she crowned Miss South Africa 2014, and the couple had to keep their relationship secret during her Miss World reign.

In a YouTube video, Rolene explained that they met while she was out dancing with her best friend, when D'Niel approached her, saying, "You look very intelligent."

She said that it was something "different" and intrigued her because, guys will often compliment a woman on her beauty. 

D'Niel was very supportive when she said that she wanted to enter Miss South Africa again, and even helped her complete her entry form, all while knowing they would have to keep their romance under wraps if she was crowned the winner. 

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Throughout her reign as Miss South Africa 2014, the couple would meet in secret, with D'Niel sometimes posing as her driver so that they could spend extra time together.

The couple got engaged when she was crowned Miss World, but she couldn't wear her engagement ring. Instead, she wore a promise ring to public events as a symbol of her commitment to their relationship.

The brunette beauty earlier this year posted photos on Instagram, writing: "I've never posted these pictures before. This was taken in 2015 during our 'secret' engagement shoot when I visited home to plan the wedding.

"We were secretly engaged for almost six months during my year as Miss World and looking back at these pictures, so much has changed, yet so much stayed the same," she added.

Rolene and D'Niel tied the knot in Cape Town in 2016, and have since become parents to two baby boys.

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I’ve never posted these pictures before... This was taken in 2015 during our “secret” engagement shoot when I visited home to plan the wedding ???? ?? We were secretly engaged ?? for almost 6 months during my year as Miss World and looking back at these pictures, so much has changed, yet so much stayed the same ?. _______________ ?? Since 2011, you have been the one “constant” in my life??. My rock, always there to support, always in the background, always giving everything for your family ??. ?? You do everything in your power to help those who’s lives cross your path. You mentor the youth and share your knowledge and wisdom without holding back. For you, everything is always (and I mean always) possible ??. ?? You are a deeply spiritual and faithful being, constantly aware, listening and learning ?? ?? I don’t know of anyone who works on his personal growth the way you do. You are always looking for something to learn, something to realise and something that will enrich you, but also those around you. You are literally the smartest, most intelligent human being I know! ?? ?? You have a wonderful sense of humor! ?? You have your unique ways of expressing yourself and I can hear your funny sayings even if you’re not with me. There is a part of you that will never grow up. The part who always has time for music and dancing around the room with our little ones. The part who believes in miracles and endless possibilities... ?? D’Niel, you make our lives so much richer. We Love you to the moon and back. ____________ ?? Happy 38th birthday ?? ?? Love, Your greatest supporters ???? ???? ???? _______ ?? @joedreyerphoto

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6. Tamaryn Green and Ze Nxumalo

Former Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and her businessman boyfriend Ze Nxumalo met at a store opening in Johannesburg.

Speaking to Huisgenoot, Tamaryn said that they both were invited to a store opening in September 2018, where they met. 

According to Tamaryn, the secret to their happy relationship is that they are best friends.

Ze was in the audience when Tamaryn walked away with the runner-up title at Miss Universe 2018, and when her Miss South Africa reign ended their friendship blossomed into romance.

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7. Jessica Calder and Bauke Hanekom

The Bachelor's Jessica Calder and Bauke Hanekom, from Hoor My, Sien My, Soen My have found love with each other, after failing to form a love connection on reality TV.

Speaking to Channel24, Jessica confirmed the blossoming romance, saying: "I would probably say it was love at first sight." 

"Bauke followed me on Instagram first, let's just get that straight, I then DMed him," she said, adding that Instagram is the new Tinder.  

After making a connection on social media, the couple went on their first date on 4 June. A week later, Bauke asked Jessica to be his girlfriend.

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