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About

Lunga Shabalala is a model, television presenter and actor. He's been nominated and won the sexiest men recognition and true to those awards, Lunga gives women sleepless nights. Where did his journey begin? Get that from this Lunga Shabalala.

Personal Life

Lunga Shabalala | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala was born on 22 May 1989 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This means that Lunga Shabalala’s age is 33. The actor has two siblings. 

Lunga Shabalala and his father had their differences, particularly regarding the industry he ventures into but they’ve since settled that and now enjoy their father-son relationship. 

Lunga Shabalala's mother | Source: Instagram

He is also close to his mother and on her 50th birthday, he penned a heartfelt message on his Instagram page in which she described her as his rock and pillar.

Lunga Shabalala’s Schooling

Lunga did his primary and high school education in South Africa. During his tertiary phase, he went to Maritzburg College and later acquired a diploma in town planning and property development.

Lunga Shabalala’s Career

Lunga Shabalala promoting Heineken | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala opted not to pursue a career with his diploma much to the disappointment of his parents. Instead, left home and travelled to Johannesburg to launch his career in the entertainment industry.

Lunga's journey began as a model. He successfully participated in a Calvin Klein contest and became the brand’s underwear model. 

If you look at his pictures, you can understand why Lunga Shabalala won the event. He has the height and physique desired in a male model. 

Lunga Shabalala presenting the Fans Choice Awards | Source: Instagram

This elevated Lunga Shabalala’s profile and opened the door for him. He modelled for Coca-Cola and his looks and charm earned him a place in Cosmo's sexiest hunks calendar amongst other lists of a similar kind.

Following this, he got a television gig and hosted Selimathunzi, a show he presented for six consecutive years (2011-2017). 

In between the years, Lunga Shabalala was the commentator behind the countdown show 10 Over 10.

Lunga Shabalala presenting a feather's award | Source: Instagram

Lunga also appeared on the Come Duze on SABC 1. In 2014, he was a Co-Presenter on SABC 3 Reality TV Show Man Cave and co-hosted the show for six years.

In 2015, he appeared on Celebrity Master Chef South Africa. The following year, Lunga Shabalala co-hosted the red carpet at the 2016 South African Music Awards alongside seasoned media personality Bonang Matheba.

Lunga Shabalala's picture grid of his modelling work | Source: Instagram

In an interview with Afternoon Express, Lunga Shabalala revealed that he always desired acting. In 2018, Lunga Shabalala played the role of Lindani Dhlomo in The River on 1Magic a role he held until 2021 when he left The River.

Lunga Shabalala’s Relationship

Thando Thabethe and Lunga Shabalala | Source: Instagram

The actor had a relationship with Thando Thabethe. Lunga Shabalala and his actress girlfriend reportedly began dating in 2019. 

However, in 2020, Thando Thabethe and Lunga Shabalala broke up only for them to get back together in 2021. 

Things seemed to be going well for the pair but their latest move to delete each other's pictures on Instagram sparked rumours of a breakup.  

Lunga Shabalala was previously involved with television host K Naomi but their relationship did not work out.

Is Lunga Shabalala married?

Lunga Shabalala is not married and thus doesn’t have a wife or his own family. He’s been in several relationships but hasn’t resulted in marriage.

Lunga Shabalala’s Controversy

Not A Good Actor

Veteran actor Dumisani Mbebe stated that Lunga Shabalala was not an impressive actor after he was cast in The River

His comments sparked wide debate after which he came out and stated that he wasn’t taking aim at the actor rather he was highlighting how the media industry had changed.

He further stated that Lunga was just a point of reference. He called out the industry for shying away from hiring professional actors as a cost-cutting measure.

Gay Rumours

Source: Instagram

After Lunga Shabalala landed a role in the television show Selimathunzi, two bloggers accused him of ‘sleeping his way to the top and thus sparked the rumours that he is gay. He however came out and refuted the claims. 

Lunga Shabalala’s Car

Due to the nature of his work, Lunga has been in some of the most luxurious cars. If you scroll through his Instagram account, you'll see him standing or sitting in posh cars. Some might be his, others might be for promotion. Nonetheless, he earns money that can afford him at least a brand-name car.  

Lunga Shabalala promoting a BMW car | Source:Instagram

Lunga Tshabalala posing in front of an Aston Martin | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala standing beside a Mercedez Benz | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala’s House

In 2021, the actor revealed that he bought himself a new crib. His fans poured congratulatory messages on social media. However, he did not give away details of his house.

Lunga Shabalala’s Net Worth

Lunga Shabalala makes his money through acting, modelling, television presenting, and brand partnerships. His net worth is estimated to be between $3 million and $5 million or R50 million to R83 million.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Most Influential Young South African in the Media category

Cosmopolitan Sexiest Man Finalist

Top 5 GQ Best Dressed Men

Cosmo's sexiest hunks calendar

Hunk of the Year at the Feather Awards

Social Media

Lunga Shabalala’s Instagram: @Lunga_Shabalala 

Lunga Shabalalal’s Twitter: @LungaShabalala 

Lunga Shabalala’s Facebook: Lunga Shabalala

Real name:
Lunga Shabalala
Occupation:
Actor, TV Presenter, Model, Media Personality
Birthday:
22 May 1989
Nationality:
South Africa
Star sign:
Gemini
Birth place:
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height:
6’0 or 183cm
Children:
0
Net Worth:
$3 to $5 million or R50 million to R83 million

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Image of Lunga Shabalala's Biography: Personal Life, Career, Schooling, Relationships, Car, House, Net Worth
Real name:
Lunga Shabalala
Occupation:
Actor, TV Presenter, Model, Media Personality
Birthday:
22 May 1989
Nationality:
South Africa
Star sign:
Gemini
Birth place:
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height:
6’0 or 183cm
Children:
0
Net Worth:
$3 to $5 million or R50 million to R83 million

About

Lunga Shabalala is a model, television presenter and actor. He's been nominated and won the sexiest men recognition and true to those awards, Lunga gives women sleepless nights. Where did his journey begin? Get that from this Lunga Shabalala.

Personal Life

Lunga Shabalala | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala was born on 22 May 1989 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This means that Lunga Shabalala’s age is 33. The actor has two siblings. 

Lunga Shabalala and his father had their differences, particularly regarding the industry he ventures into but they’ve since settled that and now enjoy their father-son relationship. 

Lunga Shabalala's mother | Source: Instagram

He is also close to his mother and on her 50th birthday, he penned a heartfelt message on his Instagram page in which she described her as his rock and pillar.

Lunga Shabalala’s Schooling

Lunga did his primary and high school education in South Africa. During his tertiary phase, he went to Maritzburg College and later acquired a diploma in town planning and property development.

Lunga Shabalala’s Career

Lunga Shabalala promoting Heineken | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala opted not to pursue a career with his diploma much to the disappointment of his parents. Instead, left home and travelled to Johannesburg to launch his career in the entertainment industry.

Lunga's journey began as a model. He successfully participated in a Calvin Klein contest and became the brand’s underwear model. 

If you look at his pictures, you can understand why Lunga Shabalala won the event. He has the height and physique desired in a male model. 

Lunga Shabalala presenting the Fans Choice Awards | Source: Instagram

This elevated Lunga Shabalala’s profile and opened the door for him. He modelled for Coca-Cola and his looks and charm earned him a place in Cosmo's sexiest hunks calendar amongst other lists of a similar kind.

Following this, he got a television gig and hosted Selimathunzi, a show he presented for six consecutive years (2011-2017). 

In between the years, Lunga Shabalala was the commentator behind the countdown show 10 Over 10.

Lunga Shabalala presenting a feather's award | Source: Instagram

Lunga also appeared on the Come Duze on SABC 1. In 2014, he was a Co-Presenter on SABC 3 Reality TV Show Man Cave and co-hosted the show for six years.

In 2015, he appeared on Celebrity Master Chef South Africa. The following year, Lunga Shabalala co-hosted the red carpet at the 2016 South African Music Awards alongside seasoned media personality Bonang Matheba.

Lunga Shabalala's picture grid of his modelling work | Source: Instagram

In an interview with Afternoon Express, Lunga Shabalala revealed that he always desired acting. In 2018, Lunga Shabalala played the role of Lindani Dhlomo in The River on 1Magic a role he held until 2021 when he left The River.

Lunga Shabalala’s Relationship

Thando Thabethe and Lunga Shabalala | Source: Instagram

The actor had a relationship with Thando Thabethe. Lunga Shabalala and his actress girlfriend reportedly began dating in 2019. 

However, in 2020, Thando Thabethe and Lunga Shabalala broke up only for them to get back together in 2021. 

Things seemed to be going well for the pair but their latest move to delete each other's pictures on Instagram sparked rumours of a breakup.  

Lunga Shabalala was previously involved with television host K Naomi but their relationship did not work out.

Is Lunga Shabalala married?

Lunga Shabalala is not married and thus doesn’t have a wife or his own family. He’s been in several relationships but hasn’t resulted in marriage.

Lunga Shabalala’s Controversy

Not A Good Actor

Veteran actor Dumisani Mbebe stated that Lunga Shabalala was not an impressive actor after he was cast in The River

His comments sparked wide debate after which he came out and stated that he wasn’t taking aim at the actor rather he was highlighting how the media industry had changed.

He further stated that Lunga was just a point of reference. He called out the industry for shying away from hiring professional actors as a cost-cutting measure.

Gay Rumours

Source: Instagram

After Lunga Shabalala landed a role in the television show Selimathunzi, two bloggers accused him of ‘sleeping his way to the top and thus sparked the rumours that he is gay. He however came out and refuted the claims. 

Lunga Shabalala’s Car

Due to the nature of his work, Lunga has been in some of the most luxurious cars. If you scroll through his Instagram account, you'll see him standing or sitting in posh cars. Some might be his, others might be for promotion. Nonetheless, he earns money that can afford him at least a brand-name car.  

Lunga Shabalala promoting a BMW car | Source:Instagram

Lunga Tshabalala posing in front of an Aston Martin | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala standing beside a Mercedez Benz | Source: Instagram

Lunga Shabalala’s House

In 2021, the actor revealed that he bought himself a new crib. His fans poured congratulatory messages on social media. However, he did not give away details of his house.

Lunga Shabalala’s Net Worth

Lunga Shabalala makes his money through acting, modelling, television presenting, and brand partnerships. His net worth is estimated to be between $3 million and $5 million or R50 million to R83 million.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Most Influential Young South African in the Media category

Cosmopolitan Sexiest Man Finalist

Top 5 GQ Best Dressed Men

Cosmo's sexiest hunks calendar

Hunk of the Year at the Feather Awards

Social Media

Lunga Shabalala’s Instagram: @Lunga_Shabalala 

Lunga Shabalalal’s Twitter: @LungaShabalala 

Lunga Shabalala’s Facebook: Lunga Shabalala