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Kelly Khumalo in a white clothes

About

Some call her a cursed woman, but Kelly is one of the talented musicians in South Africa. She's had so much controversy. She's also one of Mzansi's favourite actresses.

Personal Life  

Kelly Khumalo who shot to fame after the release of her debut album T.K.O in 2005, has been unstoppable since. So popular was Kelly Khumalo at the beginning of her career that she was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit.

Kelly Khumalo albums endeared her to her fans. Her 8th studio album, The Voice of Africa, was released in 2020. Its chart-topping single "Empini" was certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa, while Esiphambaweni peaked number one in the gospel charts. So Kelly Khumalo, soon turning 37, has already tasted immense success.

Early life 

The singer, actress and dancer, Kelly Khumalo was born on 11 November 1984 in Diepsloot, Gauteng, South Africa. Her birth name is Kelly Nonhlanhla Khumalo. Kelly Khumalo grew up in Katlehong’s Spruitview community in Ekurhuleni.

Schooling

In an interview with MacG podcast, Kelly Khumalo admitted to having dropped out of school at grade 10. Her passion for music led her to this decision which her mother disapproved of. 

“I went to grade 10 briefly, and by March, I was out of school. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t keeping up and I was like, I know I’m a smart child but I’m just not happy.” she said. “My mom hated me for it. I remember her saying that I will not be anything.”

Career

Kelly Khumalo’s accomplishments

Kelly Khumalo's albums were always a huge hit with fans.

Her debut solo album T.K.O. was released in August 2005 and was nominated for two South African Music Awards (2006). In addition, she was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit. On the heels of her success with her first album came Kelly Khumalo’s second studio album Itshitshi, released in September 2006.

The Past, The Present, The Future album was released in November 2012. For this album, Kelly Khumalo scooped the Best Female Artist of the Year award at the 19th South African Music Awards 2013. Next came Kelly’s next album, Back to My Roots in 2014.

In October 2014, the hit by Kelly Khumalo, Asine, was released and nominated for Song of The Year at Metro FM Awards in 2015, and her album, Back to my Roots for Best African Pop Album. It was nominated for Best African Adult Album at South African Music Awards XXXI (2015).

What are some of Kelly Khumalo’s songs?

Kelly Khumalo has a total of nine albums, including her latest, The Voice Of Africa (TVOA) – released in 2020.

"Asine": From her album Back To My Roots comes her hit song Asine, a Zulu song by Kelly Khumalo, released in Oct 2014.

The song, which tells a story of a female murderer, sparked a lot of debate. The public accused Khumalo of having a hand in the death of her late boyfriend Bafana Bafana midfielder Senzo Meyiwa, in 2014. Kelly Khumalo defended the message behind the song "Asine" with ‘I was Kelly Khumalo before Senzo.'  She said that she is slowly making a comeback after the tragedy.

"Jehova": Kelly Khumalo released her gospel song Jehova ft. J Flo in 2018. It was from the album, "Unleashed".

"Happiness": Kelly Khumalo's song "Happiness" is the second track of the South African singer’s "Unleashed" album.

"Themba": Kelly Khumalo's "Themba" is a song from the album "My Truth", which was released in 2016.

What is the name of Kelly Khumalo’s new song?

Kelly Khumalo's "Ngathwala Ngaye" ft. Mondli Ngcobo premiered in Feb 2021. The Soul and kwaito-tinged Afropop inspired by African heritage has had over 1.7 million views.

Kelly Khumalo’s rather heartbreaking personal life

In 2012, Kelly Khumalo spoke out about her experience of being in an abusive relationship and became an advocate against domestic violence. The singer admitted to being a drug addict for at least two years during her association with singer Molemo Maarohanye popularly known as Jub Jub. She cleaned up by attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Relationships

Jub Jub and Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo and Jub Jub ended their relationship after two years due to abuse. According to Kelly Khumalo, Jub Jub was sweet and loving in the beginning, but everything changed when he began abusing her.

Jub Jub and Kelly Khumalo’s relationship was marred by allegations of abuse and domestic violence which saw Jub Jub sent to prison for culpable homicide. Kelly single-handedly raised their son, Christian and kept him away from his father even after his release from prison.

Previously, Christian did not have a relationship with his father but Kelly Khumalo reached out to the Uyajola 9/9 host and his family. According to the reality show "Life with Kelly Khumalo", the singer tried to bridge the gap between father and son, by introducing her son, Christian, to his father’s family.

Who is Kelly Khumalo’s husband?

Kelly is not married but came close. She was engaged to her ex-fiancé Chad Da Don with whom she almost walked down the aisle. Khumalo said it would have been the worst mistake of her life. She called off the engagement when he showed he was insecure about her friends and fans and asked why they were hugging and taking pictures with her.

Who are Kelly Khumalo’s children?

Kelly Khumalo has two kids. They live with her in Johannesburg. She has a son named Christian from her relationship with the South African rapper Jub Jub.

Kelly Khumalo also has a daughter named Thingo with Senzo Meyiwa, the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. Thingo was born in 2014, and unfortunately, just a few months after her birth, lost her father. Kelly Khumalo’s boyfriend, Senzo Meyiwa, met his untimely death as he was gunned down in the home he shared with Kelly.

Family

Who's Kelly Khumalo's father?

Kelly Khumalo grew up in Katlehong’s Spruitview community in Ekurhuleni. She was raised by her mother, Ntombi Khumalo and her "father", Titus. Apparently, Titus was not her biological father. Kelly Khumalo revealed in 2015 that Titus physically abused her as a child. Her mother eventually left Titus.

Kelly discovered in her late twenties that the man she referred to as “Uncle Mbatha” was her biological father. She often saw the taxi driver and suspected he was her real father, but her family brushed off her suspicions.

Who is Kelly Khumalo’s sister?

Kelly Khumalo's sister Zandile Khumalo is also a famous singer. She’s popularly known as ‘Zandie.’ The singer and her sister, Zandile, made headlines early in 2020 when Zandile posted a strongly worded announcement declaring she was “divorcing” her sister.

Zandie left everyone shocked because of Kelly's reaction to an article that said Zandie's husband, Mhlo Gumede, had allegedly used Kelly's name to extort money from an event organizer.

It looks as if there's no compromise in sight for Zandie Khumalo-Gumede and her older sister after Zandie filed for a restraining order against Kelly Khumalo.

Controversy

The story of Senzo Meyiwa and Kelly Khumalo 

On 26 October 2014, Kelly Khumalo’s boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa, captain of the South Africa men's national football team, was shot dead in her presence at her family's home in Vosloorus. While five suspects have been brought to court, a hearing took place in October 2020. His killers have still not been confirmed, and the trial is ongoing. Kelly is allegedly implicated in the murder, something that took a toll on her.

Kelly Khumalo revealed that she had to undergo therapy to deal with the death of her boyfriend, Senzo Meyiwa. Kelly Khumalo was reduced to tears while talking about Senzo Meyiwa on her reality TV show, Life With Kelly Khumalo.

In a statement, Kelly Khumalo's lawyer, Magdalene Moonsamy, said Kelly had not been officially charged or implicated in Senzo Meyiwa's murder. She acknowledged that Kelly Khumalo had been subjected to harassment in the aftermath of the incident.

Net Worth, Cars, and House

Singer, actress and dancer Kelly Khumalo’s net worth is about R3.5 million or $1-5 million.

Kelly Khumalo’s new house in Johannesburg is her safe haven. She stays there with her two children.

We’ve seen Kelly Khumalo drive in a Renault Pinetown. With all the wealth she has accumulated, no one would be surprised to find out that she has other cars in her parking lot.

Awards & Recognition 

In the 2013 SAMA’s, Kelly Khumalo walked away with the Best Female Artist award.

Social Media

Kelly Khumalo's Instagram: @KellyKhumaloza

Kelly Khumalo's Twitter: @KellyKhumaloZA  

Q&A

How rich is Kelly Khumalo?

Kelly Khumalo's net worth is between $1-5 million. In Rands, it is near R3.5 million.

What is Kelly Khumalo's real name?

Kelly’s birth name is Kelly Nonhlanhla Khumalo.

How old is Kelly Khumalo?

Born on the 11th of November, 1984, Kelly Khumalo’s age is 36.

Where does Kelly Khumalo live?

Kelly Khumalo lives in Johannesburg with her two children.

Who's Kelly Khumalo's father?

Kelly Khumalo’s biological father is a taxi driver she referred to as “Uncle Mbatha”. She was raised by her mother, Ntombi Khumalo and her "father", Titus, who was not her biological father. She later revealed that Titus physically abused her as a child. Her mother eventually left Titus.

Who was Kelly Khumalo married to?

Singer Kelly Khumalo is not married. However, on her engagement to Chad Da Don, she says marrying her ex-fiancé Chad Da Don would have been the worst mistake of her life.

How rich is Kelly Khumalo?

Kelly Khumalo's net worth is between $1-5 million. In Rands, it is near R3.5 million.

Where does Kelly Khumalo live?

Kelly Khumalo lives in Johannesburg with her two children.

Birthday:
11 November 1984
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Scorpio
Birth place:
Diepsloot, Gauteng, South Africa

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Kelly Khumalo in a white clothes
Birthday:
11 November 1984
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Scorpio
Birth place:
Diepsloot, Gauteng, South Africa

About

Some call her a cursed woman, but Kelly is one of the talented musicians in South Africa. She's had so much controversy. She's also one of Mzansi's favourite actresses.

Personal Life  

Kelly Khumalo who shot to fame after the release of her debut album T.K.O in 2005, has been unstoppable since. So popular was Kelly Khumalo at the beginning of her career that she was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit.

Kelly Khumalo albums endeared her to her fans. Her 8th studio album, The Voice of Africa, was released in 2020. Its chart-topping single "Empini" was certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa, while Esiphambaweni peaked number one in the gospel charts. So Kelly Khumalo, soon turning 37, has already tasted immense success.

Early life 

The singer, actress and dancer, Kelly Khumalo was born on 11 November 1984 in Diepsloot, Gauteng, South Africa. Her birth name is Kelly Nonhlanhla Khumalo. Kelly Khumalo grew up in Katlehong’s Spruitview community in Ekurhuleni.

Schooling

In an interview with MacG podcast, Kelly Khumalo admitted to having dropped out of school at grade 10. Her passion for music led her to this decision which her mother disapproved of. 

“I went to grade 10 briefly, and by March, I was out of school. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t keeping up and I was like, I know I’m a smart child but I’m just not happy.” she said. “My mom hated me for it. I remember her saying that I will not be anything.”

Career

Kelly Khumalo’s accomplishments

Kelly Khumalo's albums were always a huge hit with fans.

Her debut solo album T.K.O. was released in August 2005 and was nominated for two South African Music Awards (2006). In addition, she was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit. On the heels of her success with her first album came Kelly Khumalo’s second studio album Itshitshi, released in September 2006.

The Past, The Present, The Future album was released in November 2012. For this album, Kelly Khumalo scooped the Best Female Artist of the Year award at the 19th South African Music Awards 2013. Next came Kelly’s next album, Back to My Roots in 2014.

In October 2014, the hit by Kelly Khumalo, Asine, was released and nominated for Song of The Year at Metro FM Awards in 2015, and her album, Back to my Roots for Best African Pop Album. It was nominated for Best African Adult Album at South African Music Awards XXXI (2015).

What are some of Kelly Khumalo’s songs?

Kelly Khumalo has a total of nine albums, including her latest, The Voice Of Africa (TVOA) – released in 2020.

"Asine": From her album Back To My Roots comes her hit song Asine, a Zulu song by Kelly Khumalo, released in Oct 2014.

The song, which tells a story of a female murderer, sparked a lot of debate. The public accused Khumalo of having a hand in the death of her late boyfriend Bafana Bafana midfielder Senzo Meyiwa, in 2014. Kelly Khumalo defended the message behind the song "Asine" with ‘I was Kelly Khumalo before Senzo.'  She said that she is slowly making a comeback after the tragedy.

"Jehova": Kelly Khumalo released her gospel song Jehova ft. J Flo in 2018. It was from the album, "Unleashed".

"Happiness": Kelly Khumalo's song "Happiness" is the second track of the South African singer’s "Unleashed" album.

"Themba": Kelly Khumalo's "Themba" is a song from the album "My Truth", which was released in 2016.

What is the name of Kelly Khumalo’s new song?

Kelly Khumalo's "Ngathwala Ngaye" ft. Mondli Ngcobo premiered in Feb 2021. The Soul and kwaito-tinged Afropop inspired by African heritage has had over 1.7 million views.

Kelly Khumalo’s rather heartbreaking personal life

In 2012, Kelly Khumalo spoke out about her experience of being in an abusive relationship and became an advocate against domestic violence. The singer admitted to being a drug addict for at least two years during her association with singer Molemo Maarohanye popularly known as Jub Jub. She cleaned up by attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Relationships

Jub Jub and Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo and Jub Jub ended their relationship after two years due to abuse. According to Kelly Khumalo, Jub Jub was sweet and loving in the beginning, but everything changed when he began abusing her.

Jub Jub and Kelly Khumalo’s relationship was marred by allegations of abuse and domestic violence which saw Jub Jub sent to prison for culpable homicide. Kelly single-handedly raised their son, Christian and kept him away from his father even after his release from prison.

Previously, Christian did not have a relationship with his father but Kelly Khumalo reached out to the Uyajola 9/9 host and his family. According to the reality show "Life with Kelly Khumalo", the singer tried to bridge the gap between father and son, by introducing her son, Christian, to his father’s family.

Who is Kelly Khumalo’s husband?

Kelly is not married but came close. She was engaged to her ex-fiancé Chad Da Don with whom she almost walked down the aisle. Khumalo said it would have been the worst mistake of her life. She called off the engagement when he showed he was insecure about her friends and fans and asked why they were hugging and taking pictures with her.

Who are Kelly Khumalo’s children?

Kelly Khumalo has two kids. They live with her in Johannesburg. She has a son named Christian from her relationship with the South African rapper Jub Jub.

Kelly Khumalo also has a daughter named Thingo with Senzo Meyiwa, the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. Thingo was born in 2014, and unfortunately, just a few months after her birth, lost her father. Kelly Khumalo’s boyfriend, Senzo Meyiwa, met his untimely death as he was gunned down in the home he shared with Kelly.

Family

Who's Kelly Khumalo's father?

Kelly Khumalo grew up in Katlehong’s Spruitview community in Ekurhuleni. She was raised by her mother, Ntombi Khumalo and her "father", Titus. Apparently, Titus was not her biological father. Kelly Khumalo revealed in 2015 that Titus physically abused her as a child. Her mother eventually left Titus.

Kelly discovered in her late twenties that the man she referred to as “Uncle Mbatha” was her biological father. She often saw the taxi driver and suspected he was her real father, but her family brushed off her suspicions.

Who is Kelly Khumalo’s sister?

Kelly Khumalo's sister Zandile Khumalo is also a famous singer. She’s popularly known as ‘Zandie.’ The singer and her sister, Zandile, made headlines early in 2020 when Zandile posted a strongly worded announcement declaring she was “divorcing” her sister.

Zandie left everyone shocked because of Kelly's reaction to an article that said Zandie's husband, Mhlo Gumede, had allegedly used Kelly's name to extort money from an event organizer.

It looks as if there's no compromise in sight for Zandie Khumalo-Gumede and her older sister after Zandie filed for a restraining order against Kelly Khumalo.

Controversy

The story of Senzo Meyiwa and Kelly Khumalo 

On 26 October 2014, Kelly Khumalo’s boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa, captain of the South Africa men's national football team, was shot dead in her presence at her family's home in Vosloorus. While five suspects have been brought to court, a hearing took place in October 2020. His killers have still not been confirmed, and the trial is ongoing. Kelly is allegedly implicated in the murder, something that took a toll on her.

Kelly Khumalo revealed that she had to undergo therapy to deal with the death of her boyfriend, Senzo Meyiwa. Kelly Khumalo was reduced to tears while talking about Senzo Meyiwa on her reality TV show, Life With Kelly Khumalo.

In a statement, Kelly Khumalo's lawyer, Magdalene Moonsamy, said Kelly had not been officially charged or implicated in Senzo Meyiwa's murder. She acknowledged that Kelly Khumalo had been subjected to harassment in the aftermath of the incident.

Net Worth, Cars, and House

Singer, actress and dancer Kelly Khumalo’s net worth is about R3.5 million or $1-5 million.

Kelly Khumalo’s new house in Johannesburg is her safe haven. She stays there with her two children.

We’ve seen Kelly Khumalo drive in a Renault Pinetown. With all the wealth she has accumulated, no one would be surprised to find out that she has other cars in her parking lot.

Awards & Recognition 

In the 2013 SAMA’s, Kelly Khumalo walked away with the Best Female Artist award.

Social Media

Kelly Khumalo's Instagram: @KellyKhumaloza

Kelly Khumalo's Twitter: @KellyKhumaloZA  

Q&A

How rich is Kelly Khumalo?

Kelly Khumalo's net worth is between $1-5 million. In Rands, it is near R3.5 million.

What is Kelly Khumalo's real name?

Kelly’s birth name is Kelly Nonhlanhla Khumalo.

How old is Kelly Khumalo?

Born on the 11th of November, 1984, Kelly Khumalo’s age is 36.

Where does Kelly Khumalo live?

Kelly Khumalo lives in Johannesburg with her two children.

Who's Kelly Khumalo's father?

Kelly Khumalo’s biological father is a taxi driver she referred to as “Uncle Mbatha”. She was raised by her mother, Ntombi Khumalo and her "father", Titus, who was not her biological father. She later revealed that Titus physically abused her as a child. Her mother eventually left Titus.

Who was Kelly Khumalo married to?

Singer Kelly Khumalo is not married. However, on her engagement to Chad Da Don, she says marrying her ex-fiancé Chad Da Don would have been the worst mistake of her life.

How rich is Kelly Khumalo?

Kelly Khumalo's net worth is between $1-5 million. In Rands, it is near R3.5 million.

Where does Kelly Khumalo live?

Kelly Khumalo lives in Johannesburg with her two children.