What sort of connection do South Africans have with celebs?

People who are fascinated by the lives of celebrities often follow every detail of a their lives, living vicariously through them.

Freebies, media appearances and promotion deals are part of the package. And so is a bit of controversy to remind us that they are regular people like us...

While it may look pretty from the outside, celebrities have to make peace with their privacy being invaded and their time being demanded by adoring fans in exchange for their continued relevance in the industry.

Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Mbau and Victor Dlamini opened up to 702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) about how best to manage the pros and cons of celebville.

Fame and fortune don't always go together in South Africa ... We know that you can appear on SABC every day and still be struggling.

Victor Dlamini, photographer

The public thinks you owe them everything: who you date, why did you break up with them, why do you have money, you do not have money.

Khanyi Mbau, celebrity

Kumalo, who is also a former Miss South Africa (1994), said that she considers herself more of a public figure than a celebrity. She said that she doesn't believe in living parallel lives as it often compromises her authenticity.

People generally gravitate to people who they connect with or people who inspire them.

Basetsana Kumalo, businesswoman

Listen to the clip below:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Life Esidimeni: Family of victims did not let Mahlangu express sadness

Life Esidimeni: Family of victims did not let Mahlangu express sadness

EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga breaks down the former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu's testimony from the Life Esidimeni arbitration.

2 signs to help recognise depression

2 signs to help recognise depression

Zamo Mbele clinical psychologist and Sadag spokesperson provides insights into depression and when you should seek help.

'Trump is a threat to the international community'

'Trump is a threat to the international community'

US correspondent Geoffrey York and international relations scholar Dr Oscar van Heerden debate Trump with Eusebius McKaiser.

10 types of intimate betrayal (and moving relationship stories on broken trust)

10 types of intimate betrayal (and moving relationship stories on broken trust)

The feeling of intimate betrayal is a pain unlike any other, cutting at the core of a relationship and the ability to trust/love.

'Let your roofs be your catchment areas, let your pools be your dams'

'Let your roofs be your catchment areas, let your pools be your dams'

WWF's Christine Colven provides valuable insights and information for managing Day Zero and the 'new normal' in Cape Town.

Naked Scientist: New blood test may detect 8 different cancers at an early stage

Naked Scientist: New blood test may detect 8 different cancers at an early stage

Researchers are making progress with CancerSEEK, developing a blood test that would detect the cancers before symptoms appear.

Popular articles
How Free State's Ace Magashule's family linked to Gupta companies #GuptaLeaks

How Free State's Ace Magashule's family linked to Gupta companies #GuptaLeaks

Revelations published today show how the premier's sons and Free State govt appear heavily involved in the Gupta-owned companies.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will pilot a new funding model in 2017. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana explains.