Like it or not South Africa still bears the scars of the apartheid years, particularly when it comes to interracial relationships.
While it has become far more acceptable to date someone from a different race in recent years there is still a long way to go. Interracial couples often face people who stare at them or talk about them behind their backs.
Luckily the situation is changing and people are realising that love is indeed blind and a person is so much more than the colour of their skin.
Briefly.co.za looks at five South African musicians who have relationships which are interracial or intercultural.
1. Zolani and Nicholas
The Freshlyground lead singer and her husband Nicholas met at university. Zolani says she fell for Nicholas almost immediately, but he did not show interest at the time and she moved on.
Years later the two met and started a relationship and eventually they tied the knot. The couple has two sons.
2. Loyiso Bala and Jessica
Despite being labelled a coconut by his peers Loyiso followed his heart and married his gorgeous wife Jessica. The couple has two sons.
3. Lloyd Cele and Janice
Lloyd and Jessica started their relationship years before he became famous. Lloyd has in the past said Janice helped him become the man he is today. He famously joked that it can sometimes be awkward to call an Indian lady Mrs Cele.
The couple has three children.
4. Lira and Robin
Lira married her husband Robin in 2009. The couple met through the music industry and Robin was Lira’s manager for a time.
The couple recently revealed that they do not want to have children
5. DJ Zinhle and Brendan
Ok so technically the couple has split but they still serve as an important example of dating outside of your own race/culture. The couple was one of South Africa’s most glamorous couples and looked to be deeply in love.
Zinhle is a deeply private person and has not publicly commented on why she left Brendan, rumours suggest she broke up with Brendan after corruption scandals rocked his business career.
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