Opening up to her fans has been nerve wrecking but Zinhle is ready to share pieces of her life in her new reality show.
She’s had fans, friends and followers in a frenzy since announcing the big news of her pregnancy and releasing the details of her reality show DJ Zinhle – Unexpected at the same time.
It was certainly unexpected.
The reality show will be a tell-all about her new relationship with Black Motion band member Bongani “Murda Bongs” Mahosana and she will share her secrets to a successful business.
Set to premiere on Saturday 18 September, the series follows DJ Zinhle as she breaks the news of her pregnancy to her family and close friends and navigates the dynamics of her growing belly being noticed by fans and the media.
“I felt like it was the right time to open up myself to my fans and do a reality show that speaks my truth and tells my story and shows you a side of me that you’ve never seen before,” Zinhle says.
At first, she was reluctant to open up about her life.
“It is a lot of mixed emotions. I am super scared and stressed about opening my life to people in this way,” she says.
“It’s something that I’ve never done before. However, I’m also super excited to just get the opportunity to tell my story in my own way, to let people into my life in my own way. So this is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”
The title of the reality series gives the viewers something to look forward to.
“The show is really about just letting you into my life so you can see my role as a mom, a businesswoman, who I am to my family and friends, and the people that I work with. It’s a very close and intimate look into my life. So, you can expect a lot of emotions.”
Zinhle says her fans can expect a lot more than she usually shared on social media.
“I don’t talk about my life that much. There will be a lot of things that you will start to understand about me that maybe you didn’t understand about me because now you’re so close to me and I’m able to tell you my story myself,” she says, adding that she chose BET to tell her story because she wanted a channel that would allow her creative freedom.
“One of the most important things for me when it came to making a show was partnering with a channel that understands and knows how to tell our stories, are at the forefront of telling stories about black people, about their success and dreams, about all the things they want to achieve in life.”
She has built a successful and well-known brand even with her relationships, past and present, always in the limelight.
“When I start something, I dedicate myself to giving 100%, so nothing can break my focus,” Zinhle says.
“I don’t let the noise, especially if it’s negative, get to me. So, besides my amazing family who I know people are going to love, you get to spend a lot of time with my friends, Moozlie and Thabs. I feel that since I’ve never opened up in this way before there definitely will be some unexpected moments.”
There are many reality shows in Mzansi, but Zinhle believes hers is unique.
“Everyone’s journey is different, but what I am excited to share with the viewers is a closer look into how much I actually work on my businesses. I need to share what the reality of being a black businesswoman in South Africa.”
Zinhle realised she was pregnant while going about her day-to-day business.
“So, we have a dog in the house named Cleo and she was running wild in the house. She wouldn’t let people touch me, she was clingy. But at the time, I was living my best life attending gigs and working,” Zinhle says.
“I remember going to Dr Fatima, who takes care of my skin, and telling her that my body feels weird, but I said I was not ready for a child. I told her If there’s a child in my body, I’ll go crazy,” she jokes.
But she started noticing Cleo’s protective behaviour. Zinhle says she was also eating a little bit more than usual.
“After some time, I also realised my periods were not coming. I started joking with Bongani about being pregnant. We ignored it for like a month until he came home with a pregnancy test.”
On the day she took the test, she was hoping it would be positive.
“I thought if this thing comes back negative, I’ll be very sad, but I knew it.”
Zinhle couldn’t be more excited about being a mom again with the love of her life.
“I am looking forward to saying my children and not just one child. I look forward to breastfeeding, pumping, balancing family and work. I am having the baby with someone I adore and love. I look forward to the next chapter of our relationship and developing something new with him. Kairo is growing up, she loves her mom, but she is independent and goes about her own business. She is also excited about having a sibling.”
The DJ has been criticised on social media for having children with two different fathers, but that is the least of her worries.
Her biggest fear right now is the unknown.
“My worries are different every day. Sometimes I worry about not hearing the baby cry. I have a fear of a lot of things; I worry about not knowing how to take care of a baby because it has been six years since I had a newborn. I fear for my body not healing as quickly because back then I was younger. I just think the biggest fear is the unknown and what to expect with the birth. But the show is opening up my world, which is exciting but scary,” Zinhle says.
On the show, Zinhle wishes viewers could get to see more of her relationship with Bongani.
“I believe that I am an open person, before people had a lot of things to say about me but I didn’t have the energy to correct them. The only thing I wished I could have given more in the coming show is my life with Bongani because he is naturally a private guy. I had to be sensitive to that. I felt responsible to protect him and allow him to feel comfortable about the process of a reality show. But I am happy to let people into my life,” she says.
She has been a DJ for 17 years now and it has been a memorable journey.
“I’ve travelled, met so many amazing people all by doing what I absolutely love doing and, for me, that’s just a massive blessing. I’ve had to learn so many invaluable lessons along the way. However, for me, the important one is knowing that nobody owes me anything. If I need to achieve something, I need to be the driving force behind it. Learning that early on in life really empowered me to seek the knowledge I needed to do what I do,” Zinhle says.
With the reality show, she hopes people will see another side of her.
“The most important key take-out for me is, I want the public and viewers to understand that women can have children and still be successful in life. Women with kids don’t need to stay home as the general public boxes them,” Zinhle says.
“Women with kids can still take up spaces in boardrooms, business, and in the corporate world.”
Zinhle recently opened an Era By DJ Zinhle store at the Mall of Africa and the launch will be on 1 September 2021.
“It’s almost nine years since I started the brand and finally it’s at a point where I can really see and appreciate the vision. It was my first business venture and I just have so many big plans for it. New stores, bigger campaigns, expanding, you name it, we’re about to do it.”