Generations: The Legacy actress Zoe Mthiyane has confirmed that she and The Queen star Rapulana Seiphemo have broken up.
“It’s over between the two of us. I’m content,” she told City Press yesterday. This was after concerned Generations insiders claimed that the split was taking its toll on Mthiyane, who’d allegedly been coming to work tipsy.
Mthiyane, who plays Zitha Langa in the weekday soapie, shared that this was a tough year for her personally and as a creative. Seiphemo (52) stars as high-ranking police colonel Hector Sebata in The Queen.
“I suffer from anxiety disorder. To be honest, though, I’m not prepared to talk about my mental issues,” said Mthiyane.
“As a single mother of two, I’ve been working for at least 12 hours a day from Monday to Sunday and it’s finally caught up with me. Unfortunately, during the lockdown, I was unable to use any coping mechanisms such as doing outdoor activities like jogging,” she explained.
When a City Press reporter asked Seiphemo to comment, he hung up.
Mthiyane (39) was formerly romantically linked with Robert Marawa, with whom she has a nine-year-old son, but they later separated. She was then engaged to internationally renowned composer and producer of The Lion King Lebogang “Lebo M” Morake, but ended the relationship in 2016, explaining in a press statement that the couple had disagreed about their antenuptial contract. They have a five-year-old daughter together.
Mthiyane revealed that the stress of work had caused her anxiety, leading to physical deterioration.
“My bosses at Generations: The Legacy are kind enough to be understanding and are giving me a break, especially at this difficult time,” she said.
The actress – who’s also a singer – kept her relationship with Seiphemo private until two years ago, when they were spotted together at the Vodacom Durban July, after which she finally confirmed their affair on social media.
This week, an SABC insider alleged that Seiphemo’s infidelity had caused the couple’s split and was the reason he had left the home he shared with Mthiyane.
“When Zoe found out that he was cheating with one of their colleagues on Generations, she was very hurt. Although their relationship’s always been toxic, this broke her – she lost herself,” the insider said, adding that Mthiyane’s colleagues were worried that if she continued her alleged drinking, her character might be written out of the soapie.
“She’s been through a lot. No woman deserves the pain she’s going through,” said the source. Mthiyane, however, dismissed these rumours. “It’s unfair that people confuse my condition with being drunk or high. I’m not perfect – I’m human. I go through storms and tough times like anyone else. But it’s so unfair when people use your weakness to bring you down. I’ve worked hard in my career to get to where I am. I’ve travelled the world to heal people with my voice. As a praying warrior, I know that when I’m going through dark days, blessings are coming,” she said.
When asked whether she’d be featured on Morake’s reality show, Coming Home, which is launching on Showmax in November, she said she’d been approached to take part, but had declined the offer.
“I opted not to be part of the show simply because my life with my ex-fiancé was short-lived. I chose not to add any value to his narrative. I’d rather tell my story in my own way,” she explained.
This isn’t the first time Mthiyane’s name has made headlines for reasons other than acting. In December last year, she was allegedly arrested for drinking and driving, but was released on bail.
“I’m not surprised that my name attracts bad publicity. When I was at school, my name was constantly on people’s lips. My mother used to tell me, ‘Inja ikhonkotha imoto ehambayo’ [‘A dog barks at a moving car’, meaning that one’s detractors are motivated by jealousy and a desire to prevent one from succeeding]. That taught me that once they stop talking about you, you’re no longer relevant,” Mthiyane said.
“I’ve been through a lot, but I’ve survived even more. One day when I’m ready, I’ll tell my story in a memoir and share my narrative with the world.”
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