Cape Town – South African rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, says he wishes he could have spent more time with his late fiancée, Anele “Nellie” Tembe.
The rapper was speaking in the latest episode of the Sobering Podcast recently.
Nellie died in April 2021, at the age of 22 after falling from the tenth floor of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town.
In April this year, the Fela in Versace hitmaker paid tribute to his late fiancée in a heartfelt tweet.
Speaking to the podcast, AKA detailed how he first met Nellie when she was 18-years-old and pursued a relationship with her when they met again years later.
He said he was willing to go all the way with Nellie and wanted to spend his life with her but that wasn’t to be.
“It’s a tragedy that I have to live with for the rest of my life. I’m a fighter and I believe in God and He has got me,” he said.
He also admitted that following Nellie’s death, the images of him breaking down a door to get to Nellie placed him in a bad light but said he never abused Anele.
“All you guys are seeing is a broken door and it doesn’t look good on me at all. I will take that and it’s not my finest moment.
“Our relationship was so explosive. It can be super great and also toxic. Sometimes you do things that you are not proud of,” he said.
He said that following the tragedy, there were various sides of the story from the media, the family, and the police.
He admitted that when Nellie “took her own life, she kind of took a part of me as well”.
“I wanted to make this woman my life and now I have to live with it.”
AKA felt that his current girlfriend, Nadia Nakai, came into his life when he was at his lowest.
The couple confirmed rumours of their relationship when they posted a video of them kissing on their Instagram pages back in March.
“But God is graceful because now I have an amazing woman in my life who picked me up and rebuild me.”
In addition, AKA hoped both families found justice as he felt that since the tragedy his “life is lingering”.
“I don’t know why it has taken so long. Where is my justice? because in the meantime my life is lingering and where is the court of justice?
“It might be over in the court but there is a court of public opinion,” he added.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe