Khanyi Mbau Biography: Age, Parents, Sibling, Career, Sugar Daddy, Husband, Divorce, Daughter, Boyfriend, Skeen Bleaching, Cars, Net Worth And Lifestyle

Khanyi Mbau Biography: Age, Parents, Sibling, Career, Sugar Daddy, Husband, Divorce, Daughter, Boyfriend, Skeen Bleaching, Cars, Net Worth And Lifestyle

Khanyi Mbau was once a self-declared gold digger but the star has come a long way since her scandalous socialite days. The Johannesburg beauty is now an award-winning actress, a respected TV presenter, radio personality and businesswoman.  In 2018, Khanyi launched her very own gin – I Am Khanyi – Millenial Shimmer Gin.

She is also a singer with several songs under her belt including Red Shoes, Shake and I Miss You. From spending other people’s money to making her own, here’s a look at Khanyi Mbau’s biography.

Khanyi Mbau age

Khanyi Mbau was born on October 15, 1985. She celebrated her 34th birthday in 2019 with a white and gold themed party. Some of the famous guests who attended the party were rapper Casper Nyovest, model Shashi Naidoo and celebrity dentist Alexander ‘Dr Smile’ Rawháni.  Khanyi’s guests shared pictures from her BDAY party. The actress in now 36 years old.

Khanyi Mbau Parents

Khanyi Mbau was born in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Her real name is Khanyisile, which means light bringer. Khanyi’s father, Menzi Mcunu, is a businessman who has worked in the taxi industry for over three decades. He owns several other businesses. Khanyi’s mother, Lynette Sisi Mbau, reportedly worked in the finance industry. Khanyi’s parents were never married and she spent much of her childhood with her strict grandmother, Gladys, in Soweto.

Khanyi Mbau Sibling

Khanyi has two known siblings. YouTube sensation Lasizwe Dambuza is Khanyi’s baby brother. He is her half-brother on her father’s side. Khanyi also has a sister named Thandeka Mcunu.

Khanyi Mbau Career

 Khanyi grew up loving arts, so she joined the South African entertainment industry. She gained fame in 2004 after she was cast as the replacement of Lindiwe Chibi for the character Doobsie in Muvhango from 2004. The former actress left the show after she was shot by her boyfriend.

Khanyi played the role until the following year when she was fired because her partying was interfering with work. She did not give up because she was later, in 2006, cast in the second season of Mzansi as Mbali on SABC 1. She also featured in the mini-series After Nine on SABC 1 as well. She played the character Zee on the mini-series After 9 on the same channel in 2007.

In 2012, she was a guest judge in the second season of Turn it Out on SABC 1. In 2013, she featured in one episode of Ekasi: Our Stories, a drama series on She was later featured in the documentary I Am by DStv Vuzu and acted as Sindisiwe Sibeko in the mini-series Like Father Like Son on Mzansi Magic.

August 2012 was huge for her as she released her biography, Bitch, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau, which was authored by media personality Lesley Mofokeng. 2013 was also a big year for her because she was part of’s docu-reality series Reality Check. She also debuted her talk show. Katch It With Khanyi, on eKasi+. Her talk show earned restitution for its second season in late 2014 after gunning an extensive viewership of over 785,000 in the first term. By November 2014, the show had over 1.6 million viewers and was nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards in 2015.

The talkative Khanyi was a competitor in the 7th edition of Strictly Come Dancing, but she and partner Quintus Jasen were eliminated after seven weeks due to poor votes from the public. In mid-2015, Khanyi won MTV Africa’s lip sync battle. The same year, she played pinky, a supporting role, on’s Ashes to Ashes.

In 2018, she began hosting BET Africa’s show The Big Secret and played Tshindi in Abomama on Mzansi Magic. The actress has also played Palesa Simelane in Umlilo, hosted The Weekend Show and The Scoop alongside Phat Joe on SABC 3 and features as Dinekile on SABC 1’s Uzalo.

Besides being on TV, Khanyi has also appeared in movies. The first was Happiness is a Four-letter Word that premiered in February 2016. In the feature film, she played Bheki’s wife, Zaza, who owns a shoe store. Due to her excellent performance in the movie, she was listed among the top 10 actresses in the Johannesburg Film Festival. Her second film was 2018’s The Red Room. She also featured in Frank and Fearless that was produced by Leon Schuster.

Khanyi was also a radio show host on Metro FM for one year. She landed the show together with Ntombi Ngcobo and Somixi Mhlongo in July 2016. The creative Khanyi is also a business person. In late 2018, she launched I am Khanyi, a brand of Gin. This Millenial Shimmer Gin is packaged in a pink bottle that has some writing in gold. The liquor began selling countrywide in December 2018.

Khanyi Mbau Husband

Khanyi’s relationship with Mandla made shocking headlines ever since they started dating in 2005. She was labelled a gold-digger for dating the older man. He was 30 years older than Khanyi. Mandla spoiled her with matching yellow Lamborghinis and designer clothes. The couple got married, but their relationship came to a vivid end two years after their wedding.

Khanyi Mbau Daughter

Khanyi Mbau has one child – a daughter named Khanukani aka Cannes. Her daughter’s father is former millionaire Mandla Mthembu. Khanyi’s daughter has her own Instagram page with over 50 000 followers. Khanu’s account is private. She uses her mother’s surname on social media.

Khanyi Mbau Boyfriend

 Khanyi long-term boyfriend was Tebogo Lerole, The two dated for more than 10 years and part ways last year July.

Khanyi Mbau skin bleaching

Khanyi Mbau has been very open about the fact that she lightens her skin. The star is often teased because of her chemically higher pale skin, but she couldn’t care less about what the haters say.  Khanyi revealed in 2019 that she spends a whopping R10 000 a month to maintain her complexion.

“90% of the colour of my skin is cosmetic now and this was a personal choice but not because it’s something that’s needed for the industry. It’s something that I preferred,” she told eNCA during an interview about colourism in the entertainment industry.

Khanyi has also had waste reduction, liposuction and work done on her breasts. She spent R95 000 on cosmetic surgery in 2017. Khanyi schooled her followers on the difference between skin bleaching and skin lightening in 2017.

“People that bleach their skin have brown spots. And their skin tends to go orange. People who (are) lightening their skin using gallons and overdose on (skin whitening products) glutathione, have skin like mine. It tends to go pinkish. Lightish. Close to an albino colour. It’s not supposed to go an albino colour, but mine does because I tend to overdo everything in life,” she said on Voov.

Khanyi Mbau Cars

Khanyi Mbau has been driving fancy cars since her late teens. The star has owned a Lamborghini and several Porsche vehicles. Her most recent purchase was a yellow Porsche GTS in June 2019.

Khanyi Mbau net worth and lifestyle

Khanyi’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million. Her wealth is the result of hard work and dedication as an actress, businesswoman, and show host. One of her most prized assets is her house. Khanyi Mbau house is a big mansion that she shies from posting on social media.

Though the public does not know its worth or the inside finishing, the house is fit for the queen she is. She is also a girl who loves vehicles and got her first luxury car at 18. Khanyi Mbau cars are luxury models including a navy blue Porsche whose worth is approximately R800,000.


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