Cape Town - For years she’s had the public’s respect as the child star who made it big. She was only nine years old when Arthur Mofokate signed her to his record label and groomed her into a sensational dancer and singer.
Under the kwaito king’s mentorship Chomee became known as the first lady of 999 Music. Two years ago she left her ex-lover’s music stable to spread her wings as an independent artist under her own company, Divatainment – and many people were all for the move.
But barely a year after breaking out on hew own, she was back at 999 Music, and reportedly happy to be part of Arthur’s company once again. It should come as no surprise that Chomee is openly supporting her ex, who’s been in and out of court.
Arthur faced charges of assault after his ex, Cici, alleged he dragged her 300m down the road in 2017 while she held onto the handle of his car door. He was later found not guilty of assaulting her.
When the story surfaced, Chomee came to Arthur’s defence saying he was anything but a woman basher. However, now she tells DRUM her response was based on her own experiences.
"I wasn’t going to lie because someone is accusing him of abuse. He’s never abused me," says Chomee, who was in a long-term relationship with Arthur until 2014.
"What I knew was based on my relationship with him."
Supporting her ex doesn’t mean she’s siding with him.
Fans were shocked last year when she said she was broke and was owed half a million rand by music promoters.
"After that story came out, people felt sorry for me," she says, adding she was frequently stopped by concerned fans asking about her money woes.
Chomee told DRUM last year that she was owed a large sum of money for gigs dating back to 2010 when she performed in China.
She didn’t name those she claimed owed her money, but it was reported the 2010 gig was arranged by Native Rhythms boss, Sipho Sithole. The singer, whose real name is Thulisile Madihlaba, says she can laugh about those money problems now because the tough times are all over.
The dance queen told Move! last year that she was not back with Arthur full-time but he was only helping her here and there. Their arrangement is purely professional, but "feelings don’t just disappear", Chomee says.