Multichoice confirmed media personality Somizi Mhlongo has resumed filming for his reality series Living The Dream with Somizi.
The media personality has been filming season five of his reality show — Living The Dream With Somizi secretly. A source informed Sunday World that Somizi kept filming a secret, because he was afraid of the public’s reaction. The source also revealed that this season is less glamorous as Somizi focuses on his personal issues.
“He is not talking much about it, I guess part of him is scared of the public’s reaction. It won’t be about glam only. He is addressing so many personal issues,” said a source to Sunday World.
Here are four reasons why Somizi may be afraid of the public reaction to his reality show.
His estranged husband, Mohale Motaung accused Somizi of physically and psychologically abusing him – in leaked audio clips between him and the producer of Living The Dream With Somizi.
“I took my keys and walked out, he took a knife. I was about to exit, so he said to me, ‘if you exit… I’m going to kill us both.’ So I took my keys and ran. He grabbed the knife and said ‘if you walk out, I’m going to stab you.’ Now I see a different person. I was sh*t scared and walked back into the house. He said ‘let’s talk.’ He cried and we moved on,” said Mohale according to the leaked audio clips.
In the aftermath of the abuse allegations the former Idols SA judge and Mohale both announced that they would be getting divorced.
Following the abuse allegations Somizi had to take some “time off” from his seat on the judging panel of Idols SA.
“M-Net and Somizi Mhlongo met to discuss his role on Idols in light of the allegations made against him. We have reached a mutual agreement that Somizi Mhlongo will take some time off to deal with his personal circumstances until this matter has been resolved,” said MultiChoice in a statement.
The media personality did not return for the rest of season 17.
Also in the aftermath of the abuse allegations, the media personality lost his radio gig on Metro FM.
“The SABC can confirm that @METROFMSA management met with Mr. Somizi Mhlongo and he has requested to take some time off from work. Management has granted Mr. Mhlongo permission to do so,” wrote SABC on Twitter.
Tweeps were calling for the media personality to be “cancelled”. Cancel culture is when someone is thrust out of social or professional circles. Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi also “cancelled” her friendship with the media personalityafter the abuse allegations. She went on to unfollow him on Instagram.