Kelly Khumalo on dealing with Senzo Meyiwa backlash: 'I know my truth, and I stick to it'

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Life with Kelly Khumalo season three.
Life with Kelly Khumalo season three.
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Keitumetse Maako sat down with Kelly Khumalo ahead of the premiere of the third season of her reality show, Life with Kelly Khumalo.

The trailer for the upcoming third season of Kelly Khumalo's reality show, Life with Kelly Khumalo, set tongues wagging when it was released in June.

In the much-talked-about trailer, Khumalo said some people wished that she had died "on that day" her daughter's father, Senzo Meyiwa, was shot dead.

"You have to watch the season to understand. The season will answer the questions," the singer tells Channel24.

"I'm very excited about this season. This season is quite powerful. This season has a lot of authority. This season has a completely different energy about it," the mother of two says.

Khumalo says in season three she owns who she is with authority.

"This is quite an exciting journey for me," she says. "It's exciting to see myself from this perspective."

Filming for season three of Life with Kelly Khumalo picked up in April. At the time, Khumalo topped social media trend lists as the docu-series Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star had just been released on Netflix, and the trial into Meyiwa's murder was about to begin.

Speaking about the docu-series, Khumalo says it has "nothing to do with me". The Ngathwala Ngaye hitmaker says she does not feel anything about the docu-series. "I have no feelings whatsoever, as far as that's concerned."

In this season of her show, Khumalo is at the height of her career, working on her highly anticipated album and growing her business empire. She says she has "no words" to describe how she feels about where she currently is in her career.

A scene in Life with Kelly Khumalo.
A scene from Life with Kelly Khumalo.
Photo: Showmax

"It's beyond my expectation. I've been in the industry for 18 years and only 18 years later do I reap the fruit I've been sowing all these years.

"The accolades, for me, mean recognition of my hard work. Eighteen years and it finally pays off."

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Khumalo also spills the tea on how she feels about Meyiwa's family, Mother's Day social media posts by her son's father, Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, and cancel culture.

Talking about Meyiwa's family and Jub Jub, Khumalo says she has no feelings toward them as they are not part of her daily life. "My everyday life is my career, my God, and my family.

"The Jub Jub thing and the Senzo Meyiwa family are side factors that are trying to pull me back to the bottom, which I have elevated above. If anything, you will have to watch the season to know where my statements [in the trailer] are coming from," she adds.

Khumalo says juggling her family amid everything else "is a lot," but "you make time for what's important to you".

A scene in Life with Kelly Khumalo.
A scene from Life with Kelly Khumalo.
Photo: Showmax

'I know my truth'

Addressing cancel culture, the multi-platinum album selling artist says, "it's too late for that".

"I've elevated to the point that the noise cannot reach me anymore. Spiritually and mentally, I've vibrated higher, and the noise is way down there," she says. "I know who I am. I am content with the woman I am. I know my truth, and I stick to it."

Khumalo says she "feels sorry" for those who want her to be cancelled. "I'm sending love and light to the cancel culture. You cannot cancel what you did not create. I was created by God, and the gift I have was given to me by God, so the person I am was created by God."

She is also looking forward to the future. Khumalo says she is working on a visual album titled From a God to a King, planning a four-city tour in the country and another in Africa, and a single titled Bazokhuluma, which will be released in July.

"I am only at the door. According to what I imagined for myself as a child and still continue to imagine in the future, I'm only at the door."

Life with Kelly Khumalo season three is now streaming on Showmax.

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