DURBAN - QUEEN of Gqom music Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, is fuming after her mother-in-law went public claiming she is faking her pregnancy.
The star from Lamontville in Durban said she was not going to let this go, and promised to open charges against her mother-in-law.
Celebrity couple Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane and Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo tied the knot over the weekend in a traditional wedding attended by celebrities, family and friends.
The controversial pair announced their engagement in a video that went viral on social media last October.
Speaking to the Daily News on Tuesday after the video where Mampintsha’s mother, Zama Gumede, accused Babes Wodumo of lying about her pregnancy, Babes Wodumo confirmed to have seen the video with the shocking allegations.
“I am going to press charges against her for humiliating me in public and for swearing at me. I don't understand why she is dragging my name in the mud.”
In a video that went viral on social media on Tuesday, Mampintsha’s mother said Babes Wodumo had claimed to be pregnant with twins and until today had not given birth to twins.
She accused her of putting foam on her tummy to convince everyone she was pregnant when she was not, calling her a b****.
The couple had not confirmed they were expecting their first child.
She said she was not going to say how far she is in her pregnancy and said she was excited about it, but sources said she is believed to be about six-months pregnant.
Gumede further accused Babes Wodumo of controlling her son and her family by excluding her from Mampintsha’s life and the wedding preparations.
She said she was waiting to see what she was going to give birth to.
“Maybe she is going to give birth to a cat, I don't know. I don't want this woman who got married to Mampintsha and I am saying this in public,” said Gumede in the video.
“I am pregnant, whether she likes it or not. If she has problems with it, she must deal with it. I am hurt about this. I know most of the things she says when she is drunk should not be taken seriously, but this time she has gone too far. I am going to press charges against her. I want her to clear my name,” said Babes Wodumo.
Babes Wodumo said Gumede tried to disrupt her wedding on Saturday, but did not succeed.
“She arrived for the wedding drunk and made demands. I don't know what this woman wants because she did not raise Mampintsha. Mampintsha was raised by her grandmother. I don't know why she is dragging me in their family politics. It was not my responsibility to tell her anything about the wedding preparations. I am hurt by this, but I am not going to let this go. I want to show her that I am from Lamontville, I am going to get her arrested,” she said
She said over the years she had been silent when it came to Mampintsha’s relationship with his mother.
“This was due to the fact that I love and respect my husband for who he is regardless of the hurtful and toxic words his mother had said about our relationship,” she said.
She said the video not only tarnished her brand but her family as well.
“She was informed about the wedding beforehand. I did all I was obliged to do as a wife with regards to her as my husband’s mother because I wanted the wedding to bring the two families together,” said Babes Wodumo
The couple and their families are not new to controversy.
In 2019, Reverend Welcome Simelane publicly accused Mampintsha of controlling his daughter and using her for financial gain.
The Wololo hit maker had around the same time accused Mampintsha of assaulting her.