Londie London was 'skeptical' to join RHOD: 'Putting my personal life out there was challenging'

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  • Londie London joins the cast of The Real Housewives of Durban season 2 and tells Channel24: "It's a lot of work. It's tiring, but at the same time, it's fun."
  • Season 2 premieres first and only on Showmax from 28 January 2022, with new episodes every Friday.
  • The first season broke records on Showmax and has screened in 28 territories outside of Africa.

Season 2 of the Showmax Original, The Real Housewives of Durban, premieres on 28 January 2022, with new episodes every Friday. 

Londie London is one of three new wives featured this season: she's a musician, actor and jewellery designer who recently returned to Durban with her husband, businessman Hlubi Nkosi, and baby boy, Uminathi. 

We chatted to her to find out more: 

Why did you decide to be part of this franchise?

Since I've become a wife and a mother, I thought it would be a great idea for the public to see how I'm rebranding myself. People know me as this sexy singer, but they don't really know my personality and what I'm about outside the entertainment industry. So when I got the opportunity to be one of the housewives, I thought it was a great way for me to connect with a new audience.

When you told your husband and your family that you were joining The Real Housewives of Durban, what was their reaction?

My husband is not a person that likes to be in the public eye; we are total opposites. So he was a bit skeptical, of course, but he was like: 'Okay, I think this is a great opportunity for you...' I know that he's a bit uncomfortable with being on camera, but he's happy about it.

My mom is technically part of the show, so she was like: 'By default, I'm also a housewife...'"

How was your experience filming your first reality show?

Wow, it's a lot of work. It's tiring, but at the same time, it's fun. I used to be based in Joburg, so now that I've moved to Durban, I don't really have a lot of friends yet. So it was nice to have people who work hard and who are also able to have fun. I'm just enjoying having new friends, basically.

What took the most getting used to? Being on camera for long hours or putting your personal life out there?

Putting my personal life out there was the most challenging part for me. I had to bring my mom in and my husband. My child is going to be on TV as well, and I haven't even posted his face on social media. 

At first, I was like: 'Do I really want to do this?' But I was like: 'Okay, for once, let me just tell my story,' you know, rather than letting other people do it.

What does Londie London bring to this new season?

I think I bring some sassiness and fashion looks, of course, and I'm just fun, and I'm funny. I'm also one of those people that help and enjoys creating a bond with other women.

Jojo [Robinson] and I are the new girls, and with our personalities, we're very similar. We laugh a lot, so in a way, we're what brings the ladies together.

Did you have your stylist on set?

I do have people that are custom-making my outfits: Willet Designs Couture and Styles by Dumi. Those are the people that I'm working closely with in terms of creating the looks that I need for the show.

Who would you say you have learned the most from on the show and why?

Wow, that's a tricky one. I think I've learned something from each one of the other housewives. 

They're all quite different, but I like LaConco because she's more outspoken. Oh, gosh! She's just comfortable with being herself. That's one thing I love about her. 

Sorisha, she's just teaching me how to be a calm person.

And Annie is just herself: very outspoken and out there. She doesn't take sh**t. She is my friend, so I've known that for a while. 

Do you think you would ever consider a full-time career in TV?

Definitely; why not? Presenting, acting, or reality shows, I'm that girl. Bring it on!

Catch Londie on the new season of The Real Housewives of Durban from Friday, 28 January 2022, with new episodes every Friday. 

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