The latest headline regarding Somizi and Mohale’s relationship has put the spotlight back on the topic of abuse in queer relationships – something that fans believe is not spoken about often enough.
Somizi and Mohale Motaung found themselves trending on Sunday after an explosive report in Sunday World detailing alleged violence and abuse within their relationship. Something that happened to fellow queer TV stars Moshe Ndiki and Phelo Bala.
The publication reports that details of the violent and jealous nature of their relationship was detailed in video footage recorded as part of Somizi Mhlongo’s Mzansi Magic reality show, Living The Dream With Somizi.
The footage was never aired but the publication maintained that it exists.
“Motaung has now come out saying he was ‘afraid’ of Mhlongo when they exchanged vows in their much-publicised wedding,” reported Sunday World before detailing an instance in which the Idols judge is said to have threatened his new husband with a knife three weeks into their marriage.
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He also alleged that Mhlongo once broke his ribs sometime last year during yet another violent dispute.
For months, fans (and gossip blogs) have speculated that their relationship had come to an end – something that both parties denied on various occasions.
Certain fans also tried to paint Mohale as a gold digger via social media.
According to the report, however, Mohale wants nothing but the things he came into the relationship with (his clothes and a car he alleges his husband damaged) despite the fact that they got married in community of property.
To date, Mhlongo has been unreachable for comment.
Somizi and Mohale’s relationship – a timeline
Mohale Motaung joined the cast of Living The Dream With Somizi back in 2018 and Somizi later proposed to him on the show.
He proposed on the iconic ‘love lock’ bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background during a trip to Paris.
Somizi paid Lobola to Mohale’s family in August.
Somizi and Mohale kicked off their nuptials with a traditional wedding at Mohale’s family home in the spring of 2019. This was followed by an engagement party in October.
A few months later, Somizi and Mohale tied the knot in a white wedding ceremony somewhere in Muldersdrift.
By late 2020, the couple was plagued by rumours of a split with various publications alleging that Mohale had moved out and that Somizi and Mohale were now married on name only and living separate lives.