In the second part of reality show Life with Kelly Khumalo, which kicked off on Thursday, the singer finally introduces her son, Christian, to his father’s family.
Kelly Khumalo also reveals that she has been going to therapy to deal with the death of her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa.
Meyiwa was shot outside Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus in October 2014. His killers have still not been arrested.
In trying to sort out her personal relationships, Khumalo tries to iron things out with her mother, Ntombi.
Previously, Christian did not have a relationship with his father, Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, but after a long-awaited breakthrough she reached out to the Uyajola 9/9 host and his family.
“We need to see his paternal grandfather regarding a ritual they have to perform as his paternal family,” explained Khumalo.
Finally, the lines of communication with the Maarohanyes are opening up for the sake of her son.
In the first half of the season, viewers witnessed Ntombi abruptly leaving for KwaZulu-Natal without informing Khumalo. This time around, the pair try to sort out their differences, but their relationship is tested still.
The 35-year-old songstress gets frustrated with her mother’s lack of communication and unwillingness to address issues that affected the family.
“I’ve never been my mother’s favourite daughter. I believe that what’s meant to be will be. I’ve done everything in my power to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together, but if they aren’t getting together there’s nothing I can do beyond this.”
In the past few episodes, we have seen Khumalo going through a healing process and at her most vulnerable.
“I have never allowed myself to grieve and have had people ask me how I feel. But [grieving] won’t bring [Meyiwa] back. Society has taken my loss and used it against me,” she wept.
In the midst of the storm, the Qinisela hit maker has two confidantes, musicians Wanda Baloyi and Brenda Mtambo, who are always there to wipe her tears and comfort her.
“When I look at Brenda and Wanda, my world is complete. When I talk about a family that isn’t blood, you guys are the definition of that,” says Khumalo.
“I love that it’s a very authentic relationship. There is nothing but pure, honest realness between us,” Baloyi agrees.
Viewers also get to witness Khumalo spending more time with the most important people in her life – her kids Christian (10) and Thingo (five).
From the outside looking in, Khumalo seems to be at peace with herself even though the peace is still work in progress.
So, what’s next?
“I can only trust God for what He has in store for me.”
Khumalo’s show wouldn’t be possible without director Olwethu “Olwee” Mlotshwa.
“It was fun working with Kelly. We had natural synergy, which always makes it fun collaborating towards the same goal. Working with Kelly was pretty much amazing. She has great work ethic and honesty. This is always important for a reality show to be great, and this time was no different,” says the 32-year-old.
Olwee adds that what was unique about Khumalo’s narrative was that until now it had been shaped by the media and no one had bothered to listen to her side before, and so the task was to let her voice shine through.
“The lessons learnt working with her included allowing children to be open-minded about everything. Khumalo’s children interact with a vast array of people and they respect everyone equally. Thingo never used a pronoun on me until I told her what pronoun [to use] and she never questioned that. I found this beautiful in Khumalo’s children.”