Kelly Khumalo, the singer and reality TV star, faced trolls for her SAMAs rant, which took an unfortunate turn when she made homophobic remarks.
Despite standing by her opinions on the South African Music Awards (SAMAs), Kelly expressed regret for her homophobic posts.
The Empini hitmaker stirred controversy on Saturday with her critical comments about the awards ceremony after leaving empty-handed.
However, on Sunday, instead of easing off, she continued her tirade against the event organizers and responded strongly to trolls.
In the midst of her outburst, Kelly directed homophobic remarks at a user, defending herself against their criticism. Despite calls from tweeps to reconsider, she continued making more homophobic comments.
Eventually, she offered an apology, realizing her mistake. “Ngonile [I messed up] with my homophobic remarks ngiyaxolisa [I’m sorry] that was uncalled for.”
Prior to the apology, Kelly insisted on her bias against the Samas and gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo, who won the Female Artist of the Year award. Alleging that the votes were rigged, she claimed that Ntokozo did not deserve the Sama.
Even after Ntokozo secured three awards, including Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Faith Album, Kelly continued her attack, accusing the winnings of being arranged.
Despite the controversy, Kelly Khumalo’s rant has sparked widespread discussions and reactions.