The single mother of two children Kelly Khumalo and her role as mother and father together.

The single mother of two children Kelly Khumalo and her role as mother and father together.

The single mother of two children Kelly Khumalo and her role as mother and father together.

“The woman that you simply see ahead of you is self-made,” says Kelly Khumalo within the opening sequence of her reality show Life With Kelly Khumalo, now streaming on Showmax. “I can’t say I even have some extent of reference when it involves being an honest woman. However, I’m now able to embrace the greatness that God has created me for.”

One of South Africa’s biggest music stars
A household name by 21, Kelly is one among South Africa’s biggest music stars, who’s been named Best Female Artist at the South African Music Awards, sold many albums, opened for Grammy winner Missy Elliott, and has over 1.7m followers on Instagram alone.

In her Showmax Original, South African audiences will get a front-row seat to Kelly’s life as one mother of two who is juggling parenting with the build-up to the discharge of not just her new album, The Voice of Africa, but also her first gin, appropriately titled Controversy.

“My life has been nothing but controversial,” says Kelly. “There’s always a push and pull; she said, she did not; did she? did she not? a conversation about me, so it made sense on behalf of me to call my drink Controversy.”

A single mother of two
Kelly’s son, Christian, and her daughter, Thingo, feature in Life With Kelly Khumalo alongside their super-star mommy. Thingo’s father is that the late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, while Christian’s father is Molemo Maarohanye, aka Jub Jub, whom Kelly says within the show she has not seen in almost nine years.

Thingo is asking questions about her father. “How do I start the conversation?” wonders Kelly on the show. “How do I even tell my daughter who her father is and what happened to him? Because this is often such an important story for a five-year-old.”

Kelly’s mother, Ntombi Khumalo, is additionally living together with her at the beginning of the show but wants Kelly to reconcile together with her sister, Zandile, and brother-in-law, Milo. “When I expire, I would like to go away you and Zandile united,” says Ntombi within the show.

Famous friends to rest on
Kelly’s friends Brenda Mtambo and Thami Dish also feature prominently within the series. “Brenda may be a very close friend of mine,” says Kelly within the first episode. “Spiritually, we get one another; family-wise, we get each other. So she may be a very significant part of my life.”
The single mother of two children Kelly Khumalo and her role as mother and father together.

Thami, on the opposite hand, plays two roles – as Kelly’s friend and as a male model to Christian. “We’ve never had a male figure growing up, so having friends that are male brings that balanced stability for my kids,” says Kelly within the show.

A businesswoman with two banned businesses
Life With Kelly Khumalo is additionally a glimpse into Kelly as a businesswoman. From the studio to the boardroom, her hustle knows no boundaries. At the beginning of the show, Kelly is preparing to launch both her new album, The Voice of Africa, and her first-ever alcohol, Controversy Gin – even as South Africa went into lockdown and both concerts and alcohol sales were banned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“At the top of the day, I’m a mom who’s making a living and has got to protect her business with everything she has,” says Kelly within the show.

From the team behind Being Bonang, Somizi & Mohale: The Union, & Kwa Mam’Mkhize
Produced by BarLeader (Being Bonang, Somizi & Mohale: The Union, Kwa Mam’Mkhize), the primary six episodes of Life With Kelly Khumalo are now available to binge first and only on Showmax, with the ultimate seven episodes dropping Thursday, 27 August 2020.

Watch the trailer here:

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