There’s nothing like a pal to perk you up when you’re feeling blue, someone to gossip with over a glass of wine, a special person who will forgive your failings and celebrate your every success.
Many of us meet lifelong friends at work because that’s where we spend Many of us meet lifelong friends at work because that’s where we spend most of our time. It’s no different in Celebville where the rich, the famous and the fabulous find kindred spirits in an often dog-eat-dog world.
BONANG MATHEBA and LORNA MASEKO
Whether they’re lounging poolside, enjoying cocktails at a café or strutting their stuff on the red carpet, these presenters always have each other’s backs.
“More radiant than ever . . . It just keeps getting better . . . Congratulations Dolly,” Lorna posted about Bonang on her recent cover for GQ magazine. Bonang has nothing but love for her bestie, describing her as “my beautiful ballerina”.
OPRAH WINFREY and GAYLE KING
The media powerhouse and her bestie have a fierce bond that stretches back 40 years. The two met when they were in their twenties and working at a TV station in Baltimore – Oprah as a news anchor and Gayle as a production assistant. Over the years there’s been speculation they were a couple.
“I understand why people think we’re gay,” Oprah said once. “There isn’t a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. “How else can you explain a level of intimacy where someone always loves you, always respects you, admires you and supports you. Always! That’s an incredibly rare thing between even the closest of friends.”
MINNIE DLAMINI JONES and NANDI MADIDA
The TV personality and the muso have been besties since their preschool days, which of course means lots of heartfelt social-media posts. “When I say I don’t have a big sister, I’m lying,” Minnie gushed in a birthday post to her friend. “It’s been amazing watching you grow and seeing all your dreams come true. Wife, mother, sister, SUPERSTAR.”
Brothers for life
AKA and DA LES
When they’re not making music together these two rappers – who are godfathers to each other’s daughters – are hanging out at kiddie birthday parties or sitting courtsite at basketball matches.
They often refer to each other as brothers and clearly have a bond that will last a lifetime. Asked by one inquisitive tweep why AKA doesn’t follow his bestie on Twitter, DA LES simply responded, “We follow each other in real life”.
PEARL THUSI and DJ ZINHLE
They’ve lived together, been there for one another through thick and thin and even dress alike when the occasion suits. When they spend time apart they make sure to send gushing messages to each other on social media telling each other how much they miss each other. Aw, guys!
Lean on me
MEGHAN MARKLE and SERENA WILLIAMS
The Duchess of Sussex and the tennis ace have been close ever since meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl
in Miami. Serena and husband Alexis Ohanian were among Meghan’s BFF posse at her May wedding to Prince Harry and two months later Meghan was in the crowd at Wimbledon to cheer on her friend in the final.
Earlier this year Serena revealed the two had been “relying a lot” on each other, texting each other for support and advice about coping with intense media scrutiny.