South African rapper Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes has come back from his social media hiatus to refute claims of having physically and emotionally abused his late fiancé, Anele Tembe who passed away after falling from the 10th floor of a hotel in Cape Town in April.
In a statement posted to his social media platforms on Saturday, AKA alleged that people were trying to “set a negative narrative” on his character.
“It is a sad day when I find myself having to speak to the nature of my relationship with Anele. What makes it even sadder is the knowledge that some people, she and I entrusted with our deepest troubles, are now using those as weapons to set a negative narrative on my character…,” he began explaining.
This statement came a day before reports by News24 revealed how the rapper had broken down a door to get to Anele, who - according to a source - had been hiding in the bedroom after being physically assaulted by the rapper.
The source, who is said to be a close friend of Anele’s, also provided the publication with images that show the late 22-year-old treating her bruises with ice packs following the alleged incident.
Addressing this issue in his statement, AKA said that he knew who the source was and that there are "two sides to every story".
“I will not be a part of speaking on or exposing our troubles as a couple, to defend myself from one-sided views that are portrayed out of their full context. Every story has two sides and so does every video, image and message,” he continued.
“I am fully aware of who the ‘sources’ engaging media are and what their intention is, which is to influence the SAPS inquest…,” he added.
Since then, more videos that show the tumultuous nature of AKA and Anele’s relationship have emerged online. In one video, Anele is seen crying and telling the people who are trying to calm her down that they don’t know what the rapper has been doing to her.
During her funeral service, a letter from her father, Moses Tembe was read out, where he spoke about their relationship problems and said Anele was not suicidal.
“I knew Kiernan loved my daughter…I was determined to assist both of them in conquering their challenges, some of which I knew…,” he said.
“Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide,” he added.
Read AKA's full statement below: