A glimpse at Bonang’s book reveals the much-anticipated explanation for her sudden breakup with her former BFF Somizi.
It’s been more than a year since the epic fallout of media personalities Bonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo who had one of the admirable friendships in the entertainment industry.
When their relationship hit the rocks, fans weren’t happy about it and naturally, every single one of them wanted to know what happened. Nevertheless, Bonang wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag at the time and even Somizi was left at sea about her reasons for cutting ties with him.
Good enough, through her bestselling book – Bonang From A to B, she finally opened up about the incident that led her to give up her friendship with the Idols SA judge.
The story unfolded in a chapter in Bonang’s book focusing on the alleged assault she suffered at the hands of a boyfriend (Euphonik) in 2012. According to Bonang, the experience taught her who she could trust in her life or who she couldn’t.
“In the end, it was one of the reasons I stopped being friends with one of my closest friends, Somizi Mhlongo, although not immediately,” she wrote.
Apparently, that stage in her life made her lose her trust in Somizi.
At the time of the alleged assault, Bonang claimed that she phoned Somizi who later came to pick her up afterwards. Notwithstanding, she later lost trust in him when she found out he made friends with the ex who assaulted her.
“It took me a while to eventually leave that relationship, and years after I had, Somizi, who was my friend, suddenly became friends with my ex. The same one whose violence towards me he had witnessed. That’s when I knew he had to go. I couldn’t trust him anymore so I cut him out of my life,” she revealed.
She also admitted that Somizi didn’t even know why they stopped being friends. Apparently, that’s her style of cutting ties with anyone she doesn’t want in her life anymore.
Meanwhile, speaking about the break-up on his reality show, Somizi said he heard it was because she had been told that he talked to DJ Zinhle about Bonang’s relationship with AKA. Somizi said he would have loved the three of them, Zinhle, AKA and Bonang to sit down and clarify the statements credited to him.
At least Bonang’s book can finally give him closure.
Presently, the duo maintains a professional relationship as they can’t really avoid each other in the industry. They also try to be polite to each other whenever their paths crossed.
How South Africans Received Bonang’s Book
Just moments after the book’s launch, the book became the subject of discussion for some bad reasons. Social media users especially Twitter users immediately picked out many errors including factual and grammatical errors. Bonang’s birthday was published as 24th June while it is 25th June. Others also shared screenshots of a page where words were missing. Somizi and Trevor Noah joined in the Twitter memes poking jokes about the book. The publisher of BlackBird Books, Thabiso Mahlape took responsibility for the errors. The publisher also said she wrote the part with the wrong date but challenged people to point out the grammatical errors.
After being accused of publishing a compilation of error instead of a book, Exclusive Books withdrew the book until a republished version comes out. Exclusive Books also offered customers a refund.
The Arrival Of The New Version
Fortunately, Bonang Matheba relaunched her book, “Bonang from A to B” in September 2017.
Freedom of expression without offending is a thing in book writing and Bonang thought she made good use of this right? Well, the people involved didn’t think so.
The new version has been carefully modified and the chapter where Somizi and Euphonik where mentioned has been removed. Recall that in her old version, Bonang said she had to cut ties with her friend Somizi because he became friends with her ex, who she says assaulted her.
This comes after B’s ex-best friend and her ex-boyfriend Euphonik sent legal letters asking that B removes their names and any reference to them in the book. However, at the book launch, she only thanked her fans for the massive support and didn’t mention the changes in the book.