Till death – or something else – us do part: Celebrity breakups for 2017

2017-12-29 09:41

We were devastated when we heard that some of these couples were calling it a day. From Melanie and Zwai Bala to Trevor and Lucille Gumbi, here are the breakups that had us sobbing over our morning coffee.

Melanie and Zwai Bala

When radio presenter Melanie Bala and her husband, Zwai, released a joint statement confirming that divorce proceedings were under way, I was really touched and felt as if I knew them personally. Since the release of their joint statement the couple, who got married in 2008, have refused to do any interviews and have since asked to be given privacy.

Zwai and wife Melanie Bala at the launch of the new Southern Sun hotel at Montecasino in Johannesburg in 2010. Picture: Leon Sadiki

Robert Marawa and Pearl Thusi

You first heard it from us in City Press in May when we reported that sports broadcaster Robert Marawa appeared to have blocked his fiancée, actress Pearl Thusi, on Twitter. It was only in August when Marawa finally confirmed their split on his Twitter account.

He wrote: “The rumour and speculation that our relationship with Miss Pearl Thusi ended a few months ago. We continue to be good friends though.”

Robert Marawa and Pearl Thusi. Picture: INSTAGRAM/@PEARLTHUSI

Unathi and Thomas Msengana

Rumours were circulating since August, that the Idols judge and former Metro FM DJ, Unathi, and her husband Thomas “Bad Boy T” Msengana’s marriage was on the rocks. They confirmed their separation two months later.

Thomas “Bad Boy T” Msengana and Unathi at the Sarita gold carpet event in at the Sheraton Hotel in Joburg in 2010. Picture: File

Musicians Thembi Seete and Bobo Seritsane at the South African coming-of-age film 'Ayanda and the Mechanic' at Hyde Park in 2015. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo

Trevor and Lucille Gumbi

Trevor and Lucille Gumbi. Picture: File

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