- Over the years, he has allowed people to form their perceptions of him, but now, Mohale Motaung is setting the record straight.
- In this interview with News24, Motaung touches on his feelings toward his estranged husband, Somizi Mhlongo.
- He adds that "only time will tell" if he and Mhlongo will ever be cordial with each other again.
Despite the many things that have been said about him since he first shot to fame through his relationship with Somizi Mhlongo, Mohale Motaung says he finally decided to break his silence.
While it is not his nature to respond to comments about him, things "started to get out of hand."
In an interview with News24, days after his jaw-dropping tell-all special, Mohale: On the Record, premiered on Showmax, Motaung answers burning questions about the interview, the alleged abuse, and his feelings toward his estranged husband.
"For the longest time, there have been a lot of misconceptions... there were serious allegations against me which I knew weren't true and could be potentially damaging to my reputation and brand. I decided to speak up about what is really happening," he said.
While Motaung did not go into detail about the allegations, he found himself a focal point in several conversations in the fifth season of Mhlongo's Living The Dream With Somizi. In the season, Mhlongo also alleged that Motaung sought half of his estate, but Motaung disputed this in his tell-all special.
"I honestly have no control over what anyone decides to say about me or what storyline they choose to depict, but, I think more than anything, it's just really unfortunate that with that show came a lot of disrespect," Motaung said.
In the tell-all special, Motaung said he was "particularly shocked" when he learned that his name came up as often as it did throughout the season. According to him, legal documents bound both of them from speaking on public platforms.
Touching on the infidelity and its effect on their relationship, Motaung said, "it really created the room for him to exert his power or control." He admitted to cheating on Mhlongo three months into their relationship in an audio recording of a private conversation leaked in 2021.
"To this day, I maintain I was wrong in so doing and, in any relationship, infidelity breaks the chain of trust, which becomes difficult to rebuild, and it becomes even worse when the other partner starts doing the same to you – then the trust is really broken," he said.
He added: "I think the trust was definitely broken, and I am not proud of having cheated on him."
On the abuse allegations
In the same leaked audio, Motaung opened up about the alleged physical abuse he suffered at Mhlongo's hands.
"It started quite early in the relationship," he said. "Early in the second month, there was an incident that alluded to him being a physical person, but I wasn't sure at the time. The other case happened in a year-and-a-half of the relationship."
Addressing why he stayed in the relationship Motaung said he did not stay because of the fame and financial benefit of being attached to his estranged husband.
Looking back to where things started and how things stand between him and Mhlongo, Motaung maintained that he has no regrets but could have done some things differently.
"I think and believe everything happens for a reason, and everything and anything that happens is supposed to happen. But if I could have done anything differently, I probably would not have ignored the red flags," he said.
Motaung also admitted that while he misses the "liberating" friendship and love he and Mhlongo shared at the beginning of their relationship, "only time will tell" if the former couple will ever be cordial with each other again.
On how he stays sane in the face of the social media bullying and trolling he continues to endure, Motaung said, "dogs only bark at moving cars."
"I really try and remind myself that not everyone is going to like me or love me, but, in the same breath, there are so many people who really do love me and support me, so I'm good with that, and I'm happy to move with those that want to move with me in a positive way."
He added that regular therapy sessions and spending time with his family have also helped keep his mental health in check.
News24 reached out to Somizi Mhlongo's team in regards to Mohale Motaung's comments. Somizi declined to respond.