The year 2017 will go down as the year of shocking celebrity breakups
While some splits were amicable, others ended on a sad note – and even the police got involved!
The end of a relationship is sad, but it’s worse when the couple has been married for years.
Here’s a look at some of the celebrity marriages that came to an end in 2017
Sylvia and Marks Maponyane
Soccer legend Marks Maponyane and his wife Sylvia’s marriage came to a dramatic end in 2017. Sylvia accused Marks of being emotionally and physically abusive, while he obtained a protection order against her – which resulted in her spending a night in prison after she “broke into” their marital home via a window. A few months later Marks would be found guilty of assaulting Sylvia and was fined R3000 or six months imprisonment.
Lebo M and Angela
Lebo M filed for divorce from his wife Angela Ngani-Kasara for a second time! The couple got married in November last year – three years after their 2013 divorce. But less than six months after they remarried during a posh ceremony in Egypt came news that they were heading for ‘Splitsville’.
Angela told the reporters that lebo ended the marriage without her knowledge. A source claimed he had already moved on.
“Lebo took his new girlfriend around the world while he was divorcing Angela,” the source told the publication in July.
Lucille and Trevor Gumbi
Trevor Gumbi and his wife Lucille confirmed they were divorcing after 17 years together, and 11 years of marriage is a joint statement on social media.
As if that was not shocking enough, the former couple both promoted the comedian’s upcoming divorce tour.
Precious Kofi and Mr Schamel
Former TV personality Precious Kofi moved overseas several years ago to start a life with her American husband. She left her career and family behind, but seemed happy being a stay-at-home parent for her two children.
But Precious, who often shared pictures of her happy family life, on Instagram, went silent on social media for months. She revealed in September that she was keeping a low profile because she was going through a divorce.
“I chose to stay silent on social media because I didn’t know how to go through a divorce publicly. The last few months have been extremely difficult but through the Lord’s grace, I believe in a brighter tomorrow. Thank you again for your kindness,” she said on Facebook.
Unathi and Thomas Msengana
This is one split we did not see coming. Unathi Msengana confirmed a few days ago that she and her husband Thomas were separated. reporters said in August that the couple were heading for divorce, and hinted that cheating was involved.
When questioned about the status of their relationship during an interview , Unthai revealed they were not together. “No, we are not,” she simply replied. She, however, has stressed that they are not divorced, but separated.