TV darling Khanyi Mbau and Tebogo Lerole were once Mzansi’s favourite couple, but this week social media came to a standstill when Mbau took to her Instagram to announce their split after a decade together.
“Guys, we have been here before. [These are] certainly words I have uttered before. Our second attempt grew us even further apart. A decade of dating someone comes with great joy and immense difficulty that fighting to stay together is sometimes not enough. Some paths are meant to cross and certain season(s) to pass. Tebogo Edward billion has chosen to take a different path and [I] have chosen to respect [his decision] and let him soar into greatness ... We are no longer an item,” wrote the 34-year-old.
Many expressed mixed feelings about the split, with some questioning whether it’s real or just a publicity stunt.
However, a source close to the actress assured City Press this week that the pair had indeed called it quits.
“This time I can assure that the split is real. Khanyi gave her all in this relationship. She invested a lot in it. She stayed because she was in love. They love each other,” claimed a source close to both parties.
Another source alleged that even though Lerole could not afford Mbau’s luxurious lifestyle, which often includes expensive designer handbags and shoes, the actress still invested in the relationship because, for her, it was not about who was bringing more money in the relationship.
“There are many things that led to the break-up. Khanyi could not take it anymore,” said the source.
Lerole (41) is a member of musical group Kwela Tebza, along with his two brothers Tshepo and Mpho.
Last month the actress penned a sweet birthday message to Lerole on Instagram.
“Bestie, a decade of adventure; a lifetime of experience; a gift of true love and understanding; a lesson on being as human as possible; understanding, patience and a trip on self-love ... You have played an important part in this world of discovery ... The 19th [is] declared to be a very important day in my universe. Happy birthday, Love.”
There was no sign that they were heading for the rocks for the second time. The pair first broke up in 2018, but they were back in each other’s arms before that year was out.
“She gave him a second chance before, but this time I don’t think they will get back together,” said a source close to Mbau.
Two years ago, Mbau revealed in a radio interview that the break-up was over insecurity, mistrust and other problems stemming from infidelity. This time around the details are still a bit sketchy.
When approached for comment, Mbau said: “I have made my statement clear on my page. My account was not hacked. I would like to be given time and respect regarding this matter.”
Lerole did not respond to calls or text and WhatsApp messages from City Press.
Mbau and Lerole join a list of celebrity couples that have split since the Covid-19 coronavirus started. TV presenter and radio personality Luthando “LootLove” Shosha and rapper Sizwe “Reason” Moeketsi, as well as actor Kay Sibiya and Judie Kama also called it quits.