Somizi Mhlongo’s career in entertainment spans over 30 years. Born into the entertainment industry, to veteran actors Mary Twala and the well-known comedian, late Ndaba Mhlongo, there's no doubt that Somizi, affectionately known as Somgaga, has showbiz in his blood and is the vanguard of entertainment.
In his up-close and personal interview with Somizi, Anele goes down memory lane with him.
Here's what stood out for us from this interview.
On moneyI've got enough money to make me feel good when I'm depressed.
On fameTo be quite honest and modestly so, I do feel like I am the most famous person right now. About 2 or 3 years ago, I was only popular in places like South Gate mall, Pavilion etc. But now I can walk into a room filled with all races, ages, religion and sex, people recognise me. And I am thankful that fame came at this age because I feel that if it came anytime sooner, I was not going to be able to handle it.
On being brokeBetween 2006 - 2009 I went broke because I was living a lavish life. Though I am still living a lavish life, I know for sure that I will never go back there. Back then I would prioritise shopping over paying my bond. I never listened when people told me to invest, I always thought money was going to be there. Eventually one of my cars got repossessed and I had to sell my house and I used the profit to sustain me. So this time I'm smart about my money, I bought my house cash. I need to secure myself and the future of my daughter.
On apologiesThere are two people that I feel owe me an apology. The first one is a blogger and someone I actually knew personaly, who when I was sick, took a picture of me when I was frail and made it go viral. The second person I feel owes me an apology is my former best friend. I think I loved her too much, it was a do or die relationship. I didn't think someone could come and influence her otherwise. She treated me like a troll, I felt like I was the only one in the friendship and that hurt me. My friendship with Bonang, I loved her and I still do. When you love someone, even when you're no longer friends, you still want what's best for them, even if she had to call me today because she needed something, I would still be there for her. Bonang Matheba was my Lebo Mathosa, my friendship with Lebo was exactly like that with Bonang. For her to shut me out like that, it hurt me.
See the rest of the interview below