AKA speaks out – ‘Every day feels like a mountain to climb, I miss Anele so much’
South African rapper AKA real name Kiernan Forbes, has released a statement following the unfortunate death of his fiancée Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe.
Anele died on 11 April after falling from the 10th floor of a hotel building in Cape Town.
At the funeral service which took place in Durban on 16 April, Anele’s father said he believed his daughter could have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs because she was ‘neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide’
AKA did not speak at the funeral.
In a public statement AKA says he is struggling with moving on and each day ‘feels like a mountain to climb.”
“I have lost the love of my life… and every day feels like a mountain to climb. I miss Anele so much, and I’m broken at the unfulfilled life we had planned together,” he said.
He says the unfortunate event has taken a ‘great toll’ on him emotionally and psychologically saying: “Insinuations and innuendoes made about my personhood have made it even more difficult to process, and the strain our families have taken is unspeakable.”
The Jika rapper requested that his privacy should be respected as he continues to grieve;
“Please respect our privacy as we go through our grieving process, and please continue to keep our families in your prayers.”
The pair got engaged in February and later that month, AKA paid Lobola for her and hinted they would have a wedding soon.