Christall Kay on her Real Housewives drama: "Brinnette is boring, without me there is no show"
Christall Kay (Photo:Supplied to DRUM)
She stepped out of her black Porsche Panamera whipping her
hair. Tall and blonde, she’d be hard to miss even if she wasn’t tottering on
stilettos, wearing a stylish floral wrap dress. Heads turn as Christall Kay
walked into our office – and she’s thoroughly enjoyed all the attention. “I
love being a celebrity,” she tells DRUM. “Every day is a chance to dress up and
share my story.”
The lawyer-turned-businesswoman is thrilled to be back in
the limelight in the second season of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg
(RHOJ) on 1 Magic (DStv channel 103) every Friday. If last season was anything
to go by, viewers are in for more designer clothes, cappuccinos and catfights.
Christall became one of the most talked about characters in
the hit show that follows the over-the-top lives of six wealthy socialites. Her
claims that she owned a private jet and shared a room with Charlize Theron when
they started out as models in their teens resulted in some serious showdowns.
There was name-calling, silent treatment, and at one point
things got so heated she and her co-stars nearly brawled in a mall. “I’m not in
touch with any of them,” Christall unashamedly says. “Every piece of drama that
came about was justified. People can see my heart is in the right place. I
don’t go out of my way to be nasty. I’m just trying to make my mark in the
world and some of the ladies were making life difficult for me,” she says.
Her relationship with co-star Brinnette Seopela, who also
returns to the show, remains strained. “The only reason I speak to her is
because she’s in the new season and I just have to grin and bear it. Not to
sound spicy or anything but it was very evident from the first time we met that
we are not each other’s cup of tea. Brinnette and I have different
personalities. I like spice and adventure and she is boring.
“She was the first girl to tell everyone she didn’t like me,
and it went both ways. I don’t feel like I can trust her. I ’m very spiritual and
as much as I can be crazy and fun, I feel intensely and she’s the opposite of
that. “I knew they would ask me to come back because without me and my drama,
there is no show.”
Much has happened since last season, Christall tells us. She
lost her dog, her father fell ill, and she has split from her financial adviser
husband, Eddie Greeff. “My husband never liked the idea of having our lives out
there in the public domain and that was one of the reasons our marriage failed.
“Eddie never understood my passion was in the arts. He would
have been happy if I worked as a lawyer and lived a private life, but that’s
not who I am.” Christall got into business after leaving law 10 years ago, but
she had always wanted to be a star. Separating from Eddie wasn’t an easy
decision. “The fights were becoming more intense, but mostly there was just no
romance and I had to be honest [with] him and myself. I couldn’t live a lie
anymore,” she says.
“We had everything we needed – the money, the house, a
beautiful son – but the marriage lacked romance because we were genuinely just
friends and nothing more.
The couple were
married for seven years and started out as neighbours in Morningside,
Johannesburg. “I was engaged to someone else before Eddie, but the relationship
didn’t work out. We lived on the same block and eventually became housemates. I
wanted to settle down and have children and I went to the person I thought
would be best suited to the job, so I proposed to Eddie.”
She wouldn’t dare chip a perfectly manicured nail by cooking
up a storm so that night Christall ordered dinner. “I didn’t quite go on one
knee, but we agreed to get married,” she recalls.
Thrilled when he accepted her proposal, she believed she
could make it work and on the outside their relationship was picture-perfect.
They tied the knot in an extravagant wedding ceremony at Joburg’s exclusive
Summer Place before heading to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon. “I was
trying to create this majestic thing that didn’t really exist,” Christall says.
“But in all honesty, we loved each other as friends, and
brother and sister, nothing more.”
After hearing about the split, her new castmates (see box)
gave Christall a surprise party to help her move on. “I can’t tell you much
about it yet, but it was very thoughtful of them.”
After hearing about the split, her new castmates gave
Christall a surprise party to help her move on. “I can’t tell you much about it
yet, but it was very thoughtful of them.” Filming the second season of the
reality show was tough, she reveals. On the first day of shooting, Christall
lost her Dalmatian. Wonder, named after her song she claims was a Billboard
hit, died of poisoning after drinking water from her pond. A few months ago her
father suffered a stroke and she needed to help him move to an old-age home in
the Karoo. “A lot was happening in the first week of RHOJ and I just hope that
I don’t seem dramatic because I’d been going through a lot,” she says.
The show is not scripted. “What you see is what you get.
However, there are moments where I’ve adjusted my personality for great
television. But I’ve always been true to myself. As long as people learn from
my experiences, I am happy and will always stay true to who I am.
Christall is working on new music and plans to release her
follow-up single, Run Through the Fire, along with a complete album which she
says will feature reggae artist Buffalo Souljah and rapper Gigi Lamayne.
Christall is chasing her dreams and hasn’t given up on
finding love. “I would love to date, but not right now,” she says. “When I do
date, I want a pure, refined gentleman who will give me all his attention and
be very into my career interests. “He must understand I was born for the