back to top
Image of Letoya Makhene's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Family, Relationships, Car, House, Net Worth

About

Letoya Makhene, born Lerato Makhene, is a South African actress, singer and TV personality. One of her most notable shows is the South African soap opera Generations. She also appeared as a host on the first season of Idols South Africa.

Personal Life

Letoya Makhene is a South African singer, actress, and TV Personality. Letoya is very well known for her work in South African soaps, Isidingo, and Generations. She was born on 7 September 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Letoya Makhene's Career

Letoya didn’t always want to be a singer. She wanted to become a traditional healer. Her heart desired to heal and help people who were in pain or in need of healing. 

She underwent training to become a healer. Unfortunately, it did not work out the way she expected. 

Apart from being a backup singer for Brenda Fassie at a very young age, Letoya Makhene’s siblings, Pauline and Gontse, also worked together as musicians. 

In 1998, the trio sang in a group called “Kool Girlz ''. This was when Letoya was just 14 years old. The group released quite a few songs from two albums - Pampiri and The Party Goes On

However, their mother, Agnes Makhene, unexpectedly passed away soon after they dropped their second album. This put a stop to their music production. 

Letoya said on social media that her mom was their biggest supporter, and the girls could never bring themselves to continue performing after she passed.

Even as the three still mourned the death of their mother, Letoya knew she had to get back out there and start performing again. 

She had her father by her side and together they released a single and was also featured on his album Sthunywa Sam.

Letoya Makhene's family still grieves the loss of Agnes Makhene. But according to Letoya, her mother’s spirit will always be with her, and this gives her the strength and courage to go on.

Letoya Makhene's Relationships

Letoya Makhene’s parents’ names are Blondie Makhene (father) and Agnes Makhene (Mother). She also has two siblings - Pauline and Gontse.

Letoya Makhene’s sisters Pauline and Gontse are polar opposites. Pauline is a serious businesswoman while Gontse has been known to have a drug problem. 

When Letoya Makhene’s mother Agnes passed away, Gontse couldn’t cope with the loss and went into drug addiction. This caused the family a lot of grief. 

Letoya Makhene’s father was a famous musician. His influence saw Letoya’s career begin as early as when she was seven years old. 

She was a backup singer to the famous Brenda Fassie, who mentored her, treated her like her own daughter, and taught her everything about the music industry. 

The mentorship with Brenda Fassie eventually led to Letoya working with artists like DJ Cleo and CJ Qness. She also went on to release her first single, Qinisela, in 2016.

Who is Letoya Makhene’s Husband?

Letoya Makhene was married to a Zimbabwean man called Privilege Mangesi. The couple has three beautiful children - Nubia, Tadiwa, and Tamuda. 

However, after nine years, Letoya Makhene’s marriage to Privilege ended. Letoya later came to the public and talked about the abuse she suffered during her marriage to Privilege. 

According to interviews with the famous actress, it has come to light that Letoya Makhene’s ex-husband was physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive toward her. 

She even shares that she was so traumatized that she could not maintain eye contact with people.

Did Letoya Makhene have an affair?

The young actress also admits to having an affair with another man during her marriage to Privilege. She says that he made her feel good about herself, and she liked being with him. 

She came clean about the affair with her husband, but surprisingly this was not the reason for their divorce. They continued working on their marriage after her affair ended but in vain. 

Why did Letoya Makhene get divorced?

Letoya also goes on to share that it all started when her husband lost his job, and she became responsible for providing for the family. 

She did this quite happily without any problems, but over time her husband became insecure, and this resulted in physical abuse. 

She kept quiet about it for some time and also claimed to suffer from PTSD. Her reason for finally going public with the information was to inspire other women to speak up for themselves and have the courage to get out of toxic relationships. 

Despite all this, it seems that the marriage ended on good terms, as Letoya and Privilege maintain an amicable relationship. 

Letoya Makhene’s children currently live with her, but their father visits them often and has upheld his father’s duties quite well.

Boyfriend

After the couple split, the popular actress was in a three-year relationship with Tshepo Leeuw. 

News of their relationship was only made public after Letoya Makhene’s pregnancy was confirmed.

Pictures of Letoya Makhene’s baby shower were all over social media. The actress wore a flowing white gown and golden leaves in her hair, making her look like a stunning Greek goddess. 

Soon, she flaunted her new boyfriend on social media and news of their relationship spread through South Africa like wildfire. 

She states that they met at her cousin’s house at someone’s baby shower and instantly hit it off. 

Letoya Makhene and boyfriend Tshepo Leeuw have a beautiful baby girl together, making Letoya a proud mother of four.

Unfortunately, this relationship did not survive. The reason for this remains undisclosed.

Letoya Makhene's Girlfriend

In April 2020, Letoya found love again, this time, in the hands of businesswoman Lebo Keswa. The actress took the initiative to make their relationship public. 

She posted on Twitter: "Well, it was only a matter of time before the world found out about us Lebo Kwesa. Here's to our beautiful future together, my love."

Letoya also revealed that her father has given their relationship his blessings. By October of the same year, Lebo asked for Letoya's hand in marriage and in December, the pair tied the knot in a traditional marriage.

Letoya Makhene's Controversies

Is Letoya Makhene a lesbian? 

After one failed marriage and a failed relationship, Letoya announced that she is a lesbian. In April 2020, she announced that she was in a loving relationship with another woman, Lebogang Keswa. 

The relationship had been kept under wraps for a long time. But Letoya knew that it was inevitable that the news would come out, and so she announced that she had “found love in the arms of another woman.” 

Is Letoya Makhene married to a woman?

Later that year, in October 2020, Lebo made a very romantic proposal to Letoya during a hot air balloon ride. The latter accepted the proposal. 

The two had a traditional wedding for which they prepared frantically for months. Now, they are happily married and often share romantic posts on social media.

Letoya Makhene's Car

Recently, Letoya’s loving wife Lebo bought her a car as a surprise. While they have not revealed the make and model of the car, the gift was bought to cheer Letoya up as she had been down in the dumps.

Letoya Makhene's House

There is no known information about Letoya Makhene’s house. She lives with her wife Lebo and has shared in an interview on the Expresso Show that she dreams of having a beach house someday.

Letoya Makhene's Net Worth

Letoya Makhene’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.

Awards & Recognition 

Letoya Makhene was honoured at the Emperor’s Palace and walked away with an award for Influential Woman of 2019. 

Social Media

Letoya Makhene’s Instagram - @letoyamakhenep

Letoya Makhene’s Facebook - Letoya Makhene

Q & A

How old is Letoya Makhene? 

Letoya Makhene was born on 7 September 1984. As of 2022, she is 38 years old. 

Where does Letoya Makhene come from?

Letoya Makhene was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Real name:
Letoya Makhene-Pulumo
Occupation:
Singer, Actress, TV Personality
Birthday:
7 September 1984
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Johannesburg
Height:
N/A
Children:
3 children: Nubia, Tadiwa, and Tamuda.
Net Worth:
$2 million

Related Celebs

Clement Maosa
34 Stories
Boitumelo "Boity" Thulo
385 Stories
Samthing Soweto
20 Stories
Lorna Maseko
32 Stories
Image of Letoya Makhene's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Family, Relationships, Car, House, Net Worth
Real name:
Letoya Makhene-Pulumo
Occupation:
Singer, Actress, TV Personality
Birthday:
7 September 1984
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Johannesburg
Height:
N/A
Children:
3 children: Nubia, Tadiwa, and Tamuda.
Net Worth:
$2 million

About

Letoya Makhene, born Lerato Makhene, is a South African actress, singer and TV personality. One of her most notable shows is the South African soap opera Generations. She also appeared as a host on the first season of Idols South Africa.

Personal Life

Letoya Makhene is a South African singer, actress, and TV Personality. Letoya is very well known for her work in South African soaps, Isidingo, and Generations. She was born on 7 September 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Letoya Makhene's Career

Letoya didn’t always want to be a singer. She wanted to become a traditional healer. Her heart desired to heal and help people who were in pain or in need of healing. 

She underwent training to become a healer. Unfortunately, it did not work out the way she expected. 

Apart from being a backup singer for Brenda Fassie at a very young age, Letoya Makhene’s siblings, Pauline and Gontse, also worked together as musicians. 

In 1998, the trio sang in a group called “Kool Girlz ''. This was when Letoya was just 14 years old. The group released quite a few songs from two albums - Pampiri and The Party Goes On

However, their mother, Agnes Makhene, unexpectedly passed away soon after they dropped their second album. This put a stop to their music production. 

Letoya said on social media that her mom was their biggest supporter, and the girls could never bring themselves to continue performing after she passed.

Even as the three still mourned the death of their mother, Letoya knew she had to get back out there and start performing again. 

She had her father by her side and together they released a single and was also featured on his album Sthunywa Sam.

Letoya Makhene's family still grieves the loss of Agnes Makhene. But according to Letoya, her mother’s spirit will always be with her, and this gives her the strength and courage to go on.

Letoya Makhene's Relationships

Letoya Makhene’s parents’ names are Blondie Makhene (father) and Agnes Makhene (Mother). She also has two siblings - Pauline and Gontse.

Letoya Makhene’s sisters Pauline and Gontse are polar opposites. Pauline is a serious businesswoman while Gontse has been known to have a drug problem. 

When Letoya Makhene’s mother Agnes passed away, Gontse couldn’t cope with the loss and went into drug addiction. This caused the family a lot of grief. 

Letoya Makhene’s father was a famous musician. His influence saw Letoya’s career begin as early as when she was seven years old. 

She was a backup singer to the famous Brenda Fassie, who mentored her, treated her like her own daughter, and taught her everything about the music industry. 

The mentorship with Brenda Fassie eventually led to Letoya working with artists like DJ Cleo and CJ Qness. She also went on to release her first single, Qinisela, in 2016.

Who is Letoya Makhene’s Husband?

Letoya Makhene was married to a Zimbabwean man called Privilege Mangesi. The couple has three beautiful children - Nubia, Tadiwa, and Tamuda. 

However, after nine years, Letoya Makhene’s marriage to Privilege ended. Letoya later came to the public and talked about the abuse she suffered during her marriage to Privilege. 

According to interviews with the famous actress, it has come to light that Letoya Makhene’s ex-husband was physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive toward her. 

She even shares that she was so traumatized that she could not maintain eye contact with people.

Did Letoya Makhene have an affair?

The young actress also admits to having an affair with another man during her marriage to Privilege. She says that he made her feel good about herself, and she liked being with him. 

She came clean about the affair with her husband, but surprisingly this was not the reason for their divorce. They continued working on their marriage after her affair ended but in vain. 

Why did Letoya Makhene get divorced?

Letoya also goes on to share that it all started when her husband lost his job, and she became responsible for providing for the family. 

She did this quite happily without any problems, but over time her husband became insecure, and this resulted in physical abuse. 

She kept quiet about it for some time and also claimed to suffer from PTSD. Her reason for finally going public with the information was to inspire other women to speak up for themselves and have the courage to get out of toxic relationships. 

Despite all this, it seems that the marriage ended on good terms, as Letoya and Privilege maintain an amicable relationship. 

Letoya Makhene’s children currently live with her, but their father visits them often and has upheld his father’s duties quite well.

Boyfriend

After the couple split, the popular actress was in a three-year relationship with Tshepo Leeuw. 

News of their relationship was only made public after Letoya Makhene’s pregnancy was confirmed.

Pictures of Letoya Makhene’s baby shower were all over social media. The actress wore a flowing white gown and golden leaves in her hair, making her look like a stunning Greek goddess. 

Soon, she flaunted her new boyfriend on social media and news of their relationship spread through South Africa like wildfire. 

She states that they met at her cousin’s house at someone’s baby shower and instantly hit it off. 

Letoya Makhene and boyfriend Tshepo Leeuw have a beautiful baby girl together, making Letoya a proud mother of four.

Unfortunately, this relationship did not survive. The reason for this remains undisclosed.

Letoya Makhene's Girlfriend

In April 2020, Letoya found love again, this time, in the hands of businesswoman Lebo Keswa. The actress took the initiative to make their relationship public. 

She posted on Twitter: "Well, it was only a matter of time before the world found out about us Lebo Kwesa. Here's to our beautiful future together, my love."

Letoya also revealed that her father has given their relationship his blessings. By October of the same year, Lebo asked for Letoya's hand in marriage and in December, the pair tied the knot in a traditional marriage.

Letoya Makhene's Controversies

Is Letoya Makhene a lesbian? 

After one failed marriage and a failed relationship, Letoya announced that she is a lesbian. In April 2020, she announced that she was in a loving relationship with another woman, Lebogang Keswa. 

The relationship had been kept under wraps for a long time. But Letoya knew that it was inevitable that the news would come out, and so she announced that she had “found love in the arms of another woman.” 

Is Letoya Makhene married to a woman?

Later that year, in October 2020, Lebo made a very romantic proposal to Letoya during a hot air balloon ride. The latter accepted the proposal. 

The two had a traditional wedding for which they prepared frantically for months. Now, they are happily married and often share romantic posts on social media.

Letoya Makhene's Car

Recently, Letoya’s loving wife Lebo bought her a car as a surprise. While they have not revealed the make and model of the car, the gift was bought to cheer Letoya up as she had been down in the dumps.

Letoya Makhene's House

There is no known information about Letoya Makhene’s house. She lives with her wife Lebo and has shared in an interview on the Expresso Show that she dreams of having a beach house someday.

Letoya Makhene's Net Worth

Letoya Makhene’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.

Awards & Recognition 

Letoya Makhene was honoured at the Emperor’s Palace and walked away with an award for Influential Woman of 2019. 

Social Media

Letoya Makhene’s Instagram - @letoyamakhenep

Letoya Makhene’s Facebook - Letoya Makhene

Q & A

How old is Letoya Makhene? 

Letoya Makhene was born on 7 September 1984. As of 2022, she is 38 years old. 

Where does Letoya Makhene come from?

Letoya Makhene was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.