Local musician Zwai Bala and his wife veteran broadcaster Melanie Bala have confirmed their separation after having been married for almost 10 years. Before getting married, they had been a boyfriend and a girlfriend for 8 years, Meaning they fell in love back in year 2000.
There have been recent reports in the media speculating that the media couple have been having marital issues.
In a recent interview with Anele Mdoda, Zwai gushed about how much he loved his wife, "My wife is the best gift I have, we've been together for 18 years and even to this day, I still go 'wow! Really, me?'. Baby, I love you."
It seems like a lot can change in 4 months, Zwai just posted a statement from him and his soon to be ex wife, Melanie on social media confirming their split after 18 years of being together.
The Zwai and Bala, who wed in 2008 and share two children, shared a joint statement on social media on Saturday confirming that that have separated and divorce proceedings are underway. The former lovebirds said they felt that it was important that fans get the story from them.
"We have come to a mutual decision that although we’ve strived (sic) to be the best version of ourselves within our marriage, we have sadly fallen short of that," the statement reads.
"There has been increasing media speculation around the state of our marriage and we feel it's important that the story is told by us. We confirm that we are separated and divorce proceedings are underway," the pair said in their statement.
The couple said that they have tried to keep their off-screen lives as private as possible, and they continue to ask for privacy in this trying time.
"We remain committed to jointly raising our amazing children in a happy and healthy environment and will continue to be great friends," they said.
The statement ends with the couple saying that they wish to say nothing further and that this would be their only comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, investigations done by our news crew have claimed that the couple's love life went cold after Zwai allegedly caught a s3xtape in Mel's phone.
"Although the s3xtape only showed the action – unprotected s3x for that matter – however, there were no faces and Zwai couldn't independently verify whether it was his wife and her lover who were in the adult video," said a fellow musician who requested to remain anonymous.
The mole further added that Zwai reportedly confronted Mel over the s3xtape, but she vehemently denied getting filmed while cheating on him with someone else.
"She said she was added to a WhatsApp group where a member posted that s3xtape, and upon seeing the x-rated bedroom video, she then left the group before deleting the group totally from her WhatsApp. She further claimed that she forgot to delete the s3xtape as well, and that is how Zwai ended up seeing it,"narrated the source who has worked with Zwai before.
Efforts to get a comment from both Zwai and Mel hit a brickwall. Zwai was not picking up his phone, while Mel's mobile number was not reachable.