- Minnie Dlamini has opened up about her divorce from Quinton Jones, saying she could not live the best version of herself while married to him.
- Dlamini announced she and Jones decided to part ways in February 2022 after tying the knot in 2017 and giving the country a front-row seat to the wedding celebration in a three-part special, Becoming Mrs Jones.
- Despite the collapse of their union, she said she would always be grateful for it because of her son, Netha.
TV presenter and actor Minnie Dlamini said she could not live the best version of herself while married to Quinton Jones as she opened up about the failed marriage in an interview with 702 presenter Relebogile Mabotja during her afternoon talk show.
"I felt like I had to reduce myself in so many ways, and I wasn't able to live the best version of myself, and I feel like a marriage should never be something that clips your wings but should be something that allows you to grow a second pair," she said.
Dlamini, who married Jones in 2017 and gave the country a front-row seat to the wedding celebration in a three-part series titled Becoming Mrs Jones, announced they were parting ways in February 2022. They share a two-year-old son, Netha.
By the time the announcement was made, Dlamini said she had already gone through "a lot" of the processes of her marriage ending, and added that it felt like "quite a relief".
Speaking about the "failure" of her marriage, the 32-year-old said it was on her part. Dlamini added that she failed herself because she did not pick up what was right for her before she went all the way.
"In relationships, you always know – you know when you look back, that was a red flag or that was a red flag," she said. "I'm not pushing the blame in any shape or form, but you're either the red flag, and you're not acknowledging it, or they are the red flag, or they have red flags, and you're not acknowledging it."
Despite speculation of infidelity, on her part, in the marriage, Dlamini said she did not have to explain her truth to anyone. Per DRUM, she denied the allegations and said they were "false, damaging and malicious".
After closing the chapter on her marriage, Dlamini also closed the chapter on Homeground – the sport and lifestyle show she hosted with Lungile Radu. Its final episode aired in September 2022.
In the same month Dlamini launched, The Mansion Lounge and Rooftop Bar in Centurion. However, earlier in the year, City Press reported she was no longer involved in the restaurant and club.
She told the paper: "No, I'm not the owner."
After the launch of The Mansion, Dlamini announced her return to acting in a movie, The Honeymoon.
Directed by Bianca Isaac, the movie unpacks the story of friendship as Noks (Tumi Morake), and Lu (Dlamini) persuade a devasted Kat (Kajal Bagwadeen) to turn what was supposed to be her honeymoon in Zanzibar into a girlfriend's getaway after her fiancé calls off the wedding the night before.