Kelly Khumalo Biography, Age, Family, Sister, Career, Boyfriend, Engagement, Senzo Meyiwa, Jub Jub, Kids, Past Relationships, On Becoming Songama, Cars And Net Worth

Kelly Khumalo Biography, Age, Family, Sister, Career, Boyfriend, Engagement, Senzo Meyiwa, Jub Jub, Kids, Past Relationships, On Becoming Songama, Cars And Net Worth

Some call her a cursed woman but Kelly Khumalo is one of the most blessed musicians in South Africa. After nearly 15 years in the music industry, Kelly remains one of the country’s best female artists.  Drugs, death, abuse and cyberbullying threatened to kill her spirit, but Kelly rose above it all.


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However, her relationship and the death of Senzo Meyiwa is something that will always hang over her as a dark cloud.

Kelly Khumalo Age

Kelly Khumalo was born on the 1st of November 1982. She is 39 years old. Kelly is known to go all out for her birthday parties. The singer hosted a Playboy-themed celebration in 2017. She wore a sexy doe suit complete with bunny ears.

Kelly Khumalo Family

Kelly Khumalo grew up in Katlehong’s Spruitview community in Ekurhuleni. She was raised by her mother and her “father” Titus.  Kelly revealed in 2015 that Titus physically abused her as a child. Titus was not her biological father. He told Kelly she was “nothing” and would never amount to anything. Her mother eventually left Titus.

Kelly discovered in her late twenties that the man she referred to as “Uncle Mbatha” was her real father. She often saw the taxi driver as a child and suspected he was her real father, but her family scrubbed off her suspicions.

Kelly Khumalo Sister Zandile Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo’s sister Zandile ‘Zandie’ Khumalo is also a famous singer. Zandile signed a global distribution deal with Warner Music in 2018. She released her debut album, Izikhali ZamaNtungwa, in March that year. The album was inspired by her clan name. Despite having a famous singer for a sister and a husband who worked at popular record label, Mabala Noise, Zandie said she did not receive any favours.

“‘I thought I was just singing and recording for myself, but a beautiful song came out of it called Themba which was my first single in 2016. It went to radio and I never looked back since then,” she told People magazine about the start of her music career.

Zandie previously worked as Kelly’s stylist and backing vocalist.

Kelly Khumalo Career

Kelly first held music bosses’ attention in 2003 when she participated in a gospel singing competition. Her rise to fame began in 2005 when she released her debut album, TKO. She wrote almost all the songs on the Afro-pop/soul album.  Kelly has released seven other albums since then. In 2018, she released her first gospel single, Jehova.

Kelly hosted a one-woman show at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre in 2017. Up Close and Personal with Kelly Khumalo was “created to capture the true core of a strong woman who has continuously risen from all that which has tried to break her down over and over again”

Kelly Khumalo has several hit songs under her tie including, QiniselaThembaBaby Please featuring Robbie Malinga and Lonely Fool with Kyle Deutsch. Kelly has released eight albums in the past 14 years.

  1. TKO (2005)
  2.   Itshitshi (2006)
  3.   Siyajabula, (2007)
  4.   Simply Kelly (2008)
  5.   The Past, The Present, The Future (2012)
  6.   Back To My Roots (2014)
  7.   My truth (2017)
  8.   Unleashed (2018)

One of Kelly Khumalo’s most popular songs to date is her hit single, Uthando. Uthando means love.  The song details the emotions of falling in love for the first time. Uthando is the lead single off Kelly’s 2016 album, My Truth. The album won Kelly the ‘Best Female Artist’ award at the 2017 Metro FM Music Awards.

Kelly Khumalo Boyfriend

Kelly Khumalo’s brief romance with Chad Da Don shocked her fans in 2018. The couple met on the set of Kelly’s music video, Dance Comigo, in October 2018. Less than two months later they were engaged. They celebrated their engagement with matching tattoos.

The couple broke up in early 2019 but got back together shortly after. Kelly showed off her engagement ring for the first time in May 2019 – a month after the couple released a wedding-themed song called Gcwala. The track was inspired by their breakup. While promoting their new music, Kelly and Chad confirmed they were married. Sadly, the couple called it quits four months later.

Kelly Khumalo Senzo Meyiwa 

Kelly Khumalo’s relationship with Senzo Meyiwa continues to haunt her long after the football star’s death. Senzo was shot dead in October 2014 during an alleged failed robbery at Kelly’s family home in Vosloorus. The killer has not been arrested. Many of Senzo’s fans don’t believe he was killed in a robbery and believe someone in Kelly’s inner circle pulled the trigger. Kelly and her family denied having any involvement in Senzo’s murder.


“I’m not going to sit back and let you abuse and accuse me of something I have nothing to do with. I have co-operated with the law, gave all the necessary information. If there’s one thing I will never do is take the fall for something I know nothing about. I will fight till my last breath because that’s who I am,” Kelly wrote on Twitter in June 2019 after she was once again accused of knowing who killed Senzo.

Kelly Khumalo Past Relationships

Kelly Khumalo has dated several famous men over the years. She was previously in a relationship with Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye. Kelly accused Jub Jub of domestic abuse. She also revealed that her drug addiction began during her relationship with the rapper.

“I became a drug addict. Those are the repercussions of having money when you are young and not knowing what to do with it. I was in a bad space. I was in a bad relationship. I was not motivated at all. In fact, I became so hooked on drugs and I would forget about everything,” she told Pearl Thusi on Behind the Story.

Kelly also dated music promoter Prosper Mkwaiwa. Kelly was labelled a cursed woman as many of her exes either died, went to prison or fell on hard times. The singer slammed her bullies in several posts on social media. Kelly denied she is cursed in a 2018 interview, saying she is one of the most blessed people she knows.

Kelly Khumalo Kids

Kelly Khumalo has two kids. She has a son named Christian with rapper Jub Jub and a daughter named Thingo with Senzo Meyiwa.

Kelly Khumalo Sangoma

Kelly Khumalo reportedly started her sangoma journey in October 2018. A picture she shared on Instagram showed her wearing a traditional sangoma cloth and white beads. Kelly declined to comment on rumours that she was becoming a sangoma.

“This is none of anyone’s business,” she told the Daily Sun. A sangoma told the publication in 2014 that Kelly needed to thwasa or “all her future boyfriends will die”.


Kelly Khumalo Cars

Kelly Khumalo’s car will allegedly get repossessed by Nedbank after failing to keep up with monthly instalments. According to Sunday World, the Esiphambwaneni hitmaker has reportedly dodged her payments and is currently faced with R62 000 arrear fees.

The luxury car in question is a 2011 Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic vehicle that she purchased in March 2017 through a loan of R500 000 from Nedbank. Kelly was indebted to pay just under R10 000 every month up until April 2023. This excludes insurance for the car.

After failing to keep up with such payments, Motor Finance Corporation (MFC) has managed to file papers at the Joburg High Court, for a default judgment against Khumalo.

In July this year, Nedbank’s attorneys, DRSM Attorneys wrote a letter of demand to Kelly, instructing her to pay up and keep her account up to date. On August, the agreement was cancelled after Kelly failed to respond to the letter.

She then received further communication from the banks asking her to bring back the vehicle, as the agreement has now been cancelled. Further action was taken in the form of summons and according to the publication she still refused to comply

Kelly Khumalo Net Worth

According to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various Online resources, famous Singer Kelly Khumalo’s net worth is $1-5 Million at the age of 39 years old. She earned the money being a professional Pop Singer. She is from South Africa.

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