Sometimes, despite our best efforts, relationships just fail, even the ones that we thought were forever. Although divorce is not ideal, it takes a load off one’s back when it is quick and easy, and there is no unnecessary drama. These five celebrity couples were not so lucky, as they went through very public and messy divorces, most with controversial reasons behind the breakdown of the relationship.
Black Coffee and Enhle Mbali
This was one of the most high profile celebrity couples while it lasted, and its end was even more dramatic. Enhle, who is an actress, accused the internationally-acclaimed DJ of physical abuse, no less at her birthday party. She even took out a protection order against him because she no longer felt safe. She detailed that he had also abused her before when they were still together.
She also took him to court to demand that he pay spousal maintenance and child support for their two children. The marriage was also marred with rumours of infidelity on Black Coffee’s part, although he denied the claims vehemently. The divorce was just as messy as the last days of the marriage, and it is not hard to see why.
Loyiso MacDonald and Mathunzi Simphiwe
Loyiso was slapped with divorce papers by his wife after she accused him of cheating. They had been living apart for four years before Mathunzi finally decided to cut ties in 2021. The divorce made the headlines because of how their assets were to be divided. According to Mathunzi, they got married out of community property, and as such, their division would be different from what would be expected
Robert Ngwenya and Zinhle Mabena
Businessman Robert Ngwenya and Isibaya star Zinhle Mabena had one of the most dramatic split-ups. There were even allegations that Zinhle was out to kill Robert, resulting in the actress getting arrested. However, Robert refused to address these rumours directly, and instead spoke only of their toxic 5-year marriage. Allegedly, Zinhle was physically abusive towards him. He even got a restraining order against her after the divorce, which is tragic. You don’t often hear domestic violence going the other way.
Sarah Langa and Jehan Mackay
While it may not have been as dramatic as the others above, influencer Sarah Langa and her ex-husband Jehan Mackay had one of the most interesting reasons for getting a divorce. Apparently, they broke up over the influencer’s social media obsession. You don’t hear that one often. Being married to an can be tough for a private person, which was Jehan’s predicament. Apparently, he asked her to keep him off the spotlight, but she refused.
The hardest part of Sarah’s divorce was the aftermath, as it affected her friendships, and she lost her best friend in her husband. And although she neglected to go into details, she mentioned that money had also been an issue in the relationship, and said that marrying rich (as she had done) is not all that it’s hyped up to be.
Nhlanhla Mafu and TK Nciza
Singer Nhlanhla Mafu used to be Nhlanhla Nciza when she was married to TK Nciza, but she reverted to her maiden name when they got divorced. While their divorce could have otherwise been low profile and drama-free, Twitter detectives were present to inject some mess into it. According to Twitter, TK had allegedly been carrying on an affair with Lebohang Phahla. Apparently, he even bought her a house near where he and Nhlanhla lived, which is just rude!