- Interracial relationships are becoming more and more popular in South Africa where laws three decades ago prohibited love across colour lines
- Celebrity couples who have managed to “break the boundaries” of racial and cultural differences are setting couple goals
- An aspect of dating outside of one’s own race does include some challenges
Romance outside of you own race can involve a lot of give and take. It is often necessary to learn new traditions and adapt your life and customs to fit your partner’s, never an easy endeavour.
Briefly.co.za gathers that many South Africans are taking heart at seeing how celebrities are managing to overcome these challenges in the name of love.
Mixed-couples are also increasingly being represented in movies, advertising as society catches up to the way of living many South Africans have embraced.
The difficulties lie on both sides as people learn about each other’s background and need to show patience with each other while their partner figures out how everything works.
Relationships can, at times, serve as a microcosm of society at large. It can also be a bit of a strain on both families because they have to bring their cultures together.
Here are five celebrity couples who seem to have managed to get it right.
1. Sipho and Leanne Dlamini
Having overcome both race and age differences, this couple have been married for 11 years this year and have two daughters together.
Sipho proposed to Leanne in Paris when she was only 22 and he was 32. Ten years later and it looks like they couldn't be more in love.
2. Takkies and Chris Dinwiddie
The Dinwiddies, who now have a beautiful baby girl together, had a traditional Xisong wedding. Chris Dinwiddie made the effort to learn how to move in the traditional attire the "Xibelani" to make Takkies Nkateko Maswanganye, Mrs Dinwiddie.
3. Quinton and Minenhle Jones
Minnie Dlamini although now officially a Jones, has kept her birth surname for branding purposes. One of the latest of SA's celebs to walk down the aisle, she and hubby, Quinton Jones, look beautiful together.
4.Siya and Rachel Kolisi
The couple faced attacks from all sides when they made their love known. Each had to defend their love countless times on social media were haters dragged them for being an interracial couple.
However, it seems the fiercest attempts by trolls to upset them only made them love each other more. Springbok and Stormers rugby player, Siya, and Rachel have two children and have been married for over a year now.
5. J Something and Coco
Joao and Cordelia da Fonseca's love match saw Joao not only having to learn to speak English upon coming into South Africa , but also how to find his way within Coco's family's traditional customs. From the smiles they both wear in pictures, it looks like they feel all his the hard work was certainly worth it.
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