Uncle Waffles’ boyfriend is Thato Tlhankana, better known as Kai. There is no romantic relationship between the South African DJ and Drake but the Canadian rapper is a fan of her work.
In September 2022, DJ Uncle Waffles accidentally revealed who her boyfriend is. For a while, she kept her relationship secret but it was later discovered that Uncle Waffles’ boyfriend is her manager, Kai. Though it has been speculated that the DJ was dating Drake, it appears that the Canadian-born rapper has a crush on Lungelihle Zwane whom he has shown incredible support.
Who is Uncle Waffles Dating?
Uncle Waffles is dating her manager, Kai. Since her rise to stardom in October 2021 when a video of her dancing to ‘Adiwele’ song went viral, the acclaimed DJ has managed to keep her love life private. Eventually, in September 2022, she let the cat out of the bag when she posted a picture of herself taking a selfie in front of a mirror and her phone pouch showed a loved-up picture of herself and Kai.
Her fans had to zoom the picture to get the identity of the man in Uncle Waffles’ life. Shortly after sharing the picture, Uncle Waffles made headlines as her boyfriend got revealed. Though the ‘Red Dragon’ singer wanted to post only her picture, she accidentally made her relationship public. The revelation wasn’t quite shocking to Mzansi as the two have always been around each other.
They spend time together on tours and Kai equally follows the DJ to her gigs as per her manager. Although both are expected to have a close professional relationship, many of Uncle Waffles’ fans have shown concern about her mixing business with pleasure.
Is Uncle Waffles Being Exploited by Her Boyfriend and Management Team?
Soon after taking to the spotlight, Uncle Waffles was rumored to be exploited by her boyfriend and management team. On November 3rd, 2021, a viral video of Uncle Waffles allegedly feeling uncomfortable when one of the Major League DJz grabbed her waist got social media buzzing.
With her management team being around her at the dinner hosted by Riky Rick, it was speculated that the young star was being exploited. Also, a conversation between Mzukisi Siwundla (aka Zeus Omega) – a co-owner of her management agency, Kreative Kornerr, and an unnamed person was leaked on Twitter and it fueled the exploitation rumor.
In the leaked conversation, the unnamed person was suggesting to Zeus to sign Uncle Waffles and he responded: “she is beautiful and personally clean and doesn’t phapha. She’ll get gang streams.” The conversation left many concerned about Uncle Waffles’ relationship with her management team. Later in May 2022, entertainment blogger, Musa Khawula once again tweeted that the ‘Tanzania’ hitmaker is being exploited by her management agency.
He claimed that while other local and international managers charge 20% of the earnings of their artists, Uncle Waffles’ management team takes 40% of her earnings including gigs, music sales, and endorsements. As the rumor garnered momentum online, Uncle Waffles was forced to release a statement. Contrary to what was being rumored, she stated that her management team is the biggest blessing in her life regarding her career.
She further asserted that they have never made her feel uncomfortable or treated her inappropriately. Nonetheless, Mzansi still expresses concern about her future as many believed that her relationship with Kai will end badly.
I’d just like to say, my team is the biggest blessing in my life when it comes to my career. They go above and beyond for me, the narrative that’s being shared is so disheartening. They have never made me feel uncomfortable or treated me inappropriately.
— Waffles🐉 (@unclewaffffles) November 3, 2021
Meet Uncle Waffles’ Boyfriend, Kai
Uncle Waffles’ boyfriend, Thato Tlhankana, known professionally as Kai intheKut, is a co-founder and director of Kreative Kornerr. He founded the management agency together with his friend, Mzukisi Siwundla (aka Zeus Omega). Kai also works as an events curator and coordinator, and creative strategist.
He studied Business Administration and Management at the University of Johannesburg. In January 2017 when Kreative Kornerr was founded, he took up the role of the director of the management agency. Then in February 2021, at the 3rd annual Cotton Fest, Thato Tlhankana was one of the guest speakers for the show’s empowerment initiative called The Lab Live.
Is Uncle Waffles Dating Drake?
Uncle Waffles is not in any romantic relationship with Drake. The rapper seems to be crushing on the DJ though and has also shown her incredible support in her career. The rumor about Uncle Waffles dating Drake began circulating in March 2022 when the American rapper gave the skilled South African DJ a shout-out. On Uncle Waffles’ IG Live, Drake commented, “Waffles, Top DJ, top sound.”
The comment set tongues wagging. The next month, the two fueled another dating rumor after the DJ shared a clip of her gig set on her Instagram story and the God’s Plan hitmaker reshared the clip on his Instagram account. He started following Uncle Waffles on Instagram at the peak of her breakout into the music scene in 2021.
Having shared a video of Uncle Waffles’ performance on his IG account with over 100 million followers, the award-winning DJ gained over 50 thousand followers shortly after. Later in June 2022, Drake made it clear that he has a crush on Uncle Waffles following the release of his album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’. The lyrics from one of his songs read, “If I was your favourite uncle, I’d buy you waffles every time you waddle outta my castle.”
Drake just mentioned me on his story
— Waffles🐉 (@unclewaffffles) April 18, 2022
With Drake well-known for using lyrics to pass messages to his crushes, social media went into a frenzy when the lyrics went viral. It was then it became evident that Uncle Waffles has enchanted the ‘Controlla’ rapper with her top Djing skills.
Did Drake Sign Uncle Waffles?
South African DJ, Uncle Waffles is so excited after Drake posted her on his Instagram stories. The star has been doing the most for the past few months and many of her fans are proud of her. Waffles went on to share a video of herself doing what she does the#MDNnews pic.twitter.com/rxMcuvT29w
— TV Channel (@mdntvlive) April 18, 2022
Drake has not signed Uncle Waffles to his label, OVO Sound. However, the possibility of the amapiano DJ joining his label has not been ruled out. In April 2022, Drake co-signed DJ Waffles when he shared a clip of her performance on his IG account. In the music industry, big artists usually co-sign up-and-coming artists by posting about them on social media or featuring them in a song in order to uplift their careers.
Having reposted Uncle Waffles IG story, Mzansi is very optimistic that the Canadian superstar will soon collaborate with DJ Uncle Waffles on a music project. Though it was speculated that Uncle Waffles signed with Drake’s record label, she only got a co-sign from the renowned rapper. However, some eminent SA rappers including Cassper Nyovest believe that the DJ deserves to be signed by OVO Sound.