Is he in a new relationship? Who is his new girlfriend? Social media has recently been ablaze with speculations related to Lunga Shabalala and his love life. The handsome young man is known for his good looks and his presence in the media and entertainment industry. Many South African youths look up to him because he has managed to work hard for the life that he is currently enjoying it.
Lunga Shabalala is a South African citizen from the Zulu tribe. He was born on the 22nd of May 1989. Currently, he is 30 years old. His star sign is Gemini. It is little known about his parents. They raised him and his two younger siblings in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Today, Lunga is an actor, model, television show host, and MC.
Lunga went to school in South Africa. He was a rugby player when growing up. After completing his high school education, he joined Maritzburg College, where he pursued a diploma in Town Planning. After graduating from college, he told his family that he was not interested in that career. The decision not to pursue a career in town planning angered his parents, so he left home to pursue his passion when he was only 21 years old. He left in 2011.
In August 2010, the actor and show host represented his country, South Africa, in a Calvin Klein modelling competition. He emerged top, and this caught the attention of critical stakeholders in the entertainment industry. After the win, he was declared the face of Calvin Klein's men's underwear range. This catapulted him into the limelight and directed him towards more opportunities in the media.
In 2011, Lunga left home for Johannesburg to follow his passion. After leaving home, he was off to a bad start before things started looking up for him. Upon arriving in the City of Gold, a friend hosted him for two weeks before he got a place of his own. It was not long before he was cast in a Coca-Cola television advert as a model. Since then, he has worked with many other brands. The same year, he was listed on Cosmo Sexiest Hunks Calendar as one of the most desirable men.
In 2011, not too long after moving to Johannesburg, he began hosting the show, Selimathunzi. He was selected for the position after winning a presenter search that was held countrywide. He took over the job from Kaos Matu and hosted the show for six consecutive years. In 2017, he left Selimathunzi after hosting his last show on the 28th of November. Siphesihle Vazi and Khanya Mkangisa became the new Selimathunzi hosts.
In Season 2 of the Vuzu countdown show, 10 Over 10, which aired in 2013, Lunga was the commentator. He also co-hosted the Come Duze New Year countdown show alongside Amanda Du-Pont on the 31st of December that year. 2014 saw him making his acting debut in the first season of Task Force. Task Force, a police drama series, aired on SABC1. Lunga the actor portrayed the character of Zuko in the series. He also featured in The Man Cave, a reality series, on SABC3.
Other television shows that he has starred in include:
- In 2015, he was a contestant in Season 1 of Celebrity MasterChef.
- He appeared as himself in Season 1 of Code Green.
- He featured as a celebrity prankster in Season 1 of Eish! Saan.
- In Season 3 of ScreenTime with Nicky Greenwall, he featured as himself.
- He also appeared as himself in Season 1 of She's The One.
- He co-hosted the 2016 red carpet show, The South African Music Awards in its 22nd season. The event was held at the Durban International Convention Centre. Pearl Modiadie and Bonang Matheba were his co-hosts.
- In Seasons 1 and 2 of The River, he acts as Lindani. The show airs on 1Magic channel, Dstv.
One of the dreams that Lunga had in his earlier days was to feature in Men's Health ZA Magazine. Lunga Shabalala Men's Health magazine feature dream came true when the magazine had him on the cover of the November 2018 issue. He gave the readers information about his life and career in the special feature.
Lunga Shabalala net worth
Lunga earns his money from modelling, acting, hosting television shows and emceeing in events. His exact net worth from all these jobs is yet to be declared publicly. Nonetheless, the media personality claims that he now a financially savvy man who is keen on investing his money in property.
Relationships and marriage
In 2014, there were rumours that Lunga was gay. He came out to dispute the rumours claiming that although there was nothing wrong with being gay, he was a straight man. Later, he was linked to a romantic relationship with model and Channel O presenter, K Naomi Noinyane. Lunga Shabalala and K Naomi later confirmed their relationship. The couple, however, broke up after a while.
Cheating caused Lunga Shabalala and Naomi to break up. While they were still in a relationship, Lunga had an affair with Omuhle Gela. The Lunga Shabalala and Omuhle Gela relationship behind Naomi's back soon became a public scandal, causing the couple to split. Later, Lunga admitted to cheating on Naomi and claimed that he had let fame and success in the media industry get into his head.
Recently, there have been ongoing rumours that Lunga is in a relationship with the gorgeous Thando Thabethe, also a media personality. The speculations were incited by pictures on social media, indicating that both he and Thando were in the Maldives on vacation. Neither he nor Thando have confirmed their relationship. Fans are eager to know whether the two are dating. Lunga is not married, so there has never been a Lunga Shabalala wedding. If, and when he gets married, we will update you about the lucky woman who will become Lunga Shabalala wife.
Shabalala is very active on different social media platforms. Lunga Shabalala Instagram has at least 190k followers. In this platform, his followers can view over 500 stunning photos of him. He also has a Twitter account with over 173k followers. He has sent out approximately 17.1k tweets since he joined the platform in November 2009. Additionally, he has a Facebook page with over 87k followers.
Shabalala often uses social media to keep in touch with his fans. This is essential for a media personality. He updates his followers about his latest work and adventures such as travelling. On his social media, he has posted the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, as the contact to use when anyone needs to book him for an event.
Lunga Shabalala is a handsome South African actor, model, television show host, and MC. He followed his passion in the media and entertainment industry despite studying town planning in school. His life is adequate proof to many youths that hard work and commitment to one's job and passion yield good fruits. His fans are eagerly waiting for his comment regarding his rumoured relationship with Thando Thabethe.