Bonang’s show a let-down while Somizi’s peaks at the top – all you need to know about their ongoing feud
Photo: Instagram/ Somizi
She’s South Africa’s self-proclaimed Queen B.
But it seems Her Royal Highness Bonang Matheba has struggled to reign supreme on viewers’ televisions.
The SABC recently released its audience ratings (AR) for the month of July and Being Bonang was a shocking failure, struggling to draw a noteworthy number of viewers.
But while the 30-year-old’s reality show has been an unexpected let-down, her bestie-turned-nemesis, Somizi Mhlongo, has seen quite the opposite.
Living The Dream with Somizi has drawn more than half a million viewers and peaked at 15 on DStv's most watched list for July.
It comes as no surprise that a direct comparison has been drawn between the stars. Their ongoing feud has been thrust into the public ever since their once-enviable bestie-ship sailed.
Somizi first commented on the failed friendship on his reality show, saying he assumed her sudden silence towards him was down to rumours she had heard that he was feeding information to AKA’s ex, DJ Zinhle.
But Bonang finally broke her silence and gave the real reason in her book, Bonang: From A to B.
"It took me a while to eventually leave that relationship, and years after I had, Somizi, who was my friend, suddenly became friends with my ex,” she wrote.
“The same one whose violence towards me he had witnessed. That's when I knew he had to go. I couldn't trust him anymore so I cut him out of my life.”
Not taking too kindly to her revelation, SomGaga retaliated in a video he shared with his 1,3 million followers on Instagram, throwing slight shade at Bonang’s book while he visited an Exclusive Books store in Sandton.
Those closest to the pair say it’s only the beginning and that the stars are out to claw their way to the top.
"They were best friends and they know what matters to each other,” a source told TimesLive. “They are going to be fighting for it now. For everything.”
LOVIN’ IT OR FINGER LICKING GOOD?
Somizi was announced as the face of McCafé earlier this year and hosted their web series, McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi.
In the series, the larger-than-life choreographer sat down with SAFTA nominees from the Best Actor and Best Actress category.
At the same time, Bonang jumped on as the host of KFC’s KFC Taste Kitchen, which aired on Mzansi Magic in July.
ADDING ‘BEST-SELLING AUTHOR’ TO THEIR RESUME
Bonang: A to B hit shelves early in June and it was quickly a top-seller.
The stylish star boasted a lavishly pink book launch, which saw fans come out in full support of their flawless queen.
But the success of the book was short-lived, when the star’s book started trending for all the wrong reasons.
Fans lashed out after grammatical and factual errors were found in abundance and shared pictures of pages they had ‘corrected’.
Exclusive Books has since offered a full refund for dissatisfied customers and publishers have confirmed that a new edition is in the works.
Shortly after Bonang’s book, Somizi released his memoir, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit.
Famous friends of the star poured out their love for the book, with Minnie Dlamini adding that SomGaga was ‘killing it again’.
LIVING THEIR BEST LIFE IN A LAP OF LUXURY
An eye-wateringly expensive outfit filled with designer labels, a flashy car that rests its wheels on a lavish mansion – they might be incapable of setting their differences aside but these two certainly agree on flaunting their glitzy lifestyle.
Bonang never puts a foot wrong and Somizi unfailingly steps out in style.
But while both have no qualms when it comes to flooding our feed in flawless photos, we’re just going to have to drool over the desirable snaps separately.
Doesn’t look like a reconciliation is on the cards anytime soon.
Sources: TimesLive, Channel24