AKA has broken his silence following the death of his fiancee Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe earlier this month…

The rapper – whose real name is Kiernan Forbes – was reportedly with the 22-year-old during their visit to Cape Town when tragedy struck.

Nelli died from extensive injuries after she fell off the tenth floor of the Pepper Club hotel in Cape Town on 11 April.

Posting a statement on Instagram, Kiernan opened up about mourning the loss of his life partner and how he is struggling to come to terms with it.

“I lost the love of my life…and every day feels like a mountain to climb. I miss Anele, so much and I’m heartbroken at the unfulfilled life we had planned together.

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AKA also used the opportunity to dispel rumours of her death and suggestions he was in any way involved

He continued; “The tragic loss of Anele has taken a great toll on me emotionally and psychologically. Insinuations and innuendos made on my personhood have made it even more difficult to process, and the strain our families have taken is unspeakable.

“Which is why at this time I choose to retreat to honour my journey, praying that the moments of stillness may bring me closer to some clarity.”

AKA then went on to thank both his and the Tembe family for their support through the difficult time. He also extended his gratitude to his industry peers and his fans for standing by him.

Lastly he asked his followers to say a prayer for him.

He added; “Please respect our privacy as we go through our grieving process, and please continue to keep our families in your prayers”.



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Meanwhile Nelli’s brother Vukile has also shunned reports suggesting she committed suicide

Speaking to You magazine, he said; “There are several rumours on social media Nelli committed suicide, I am simply not entertaining them.”

Vukile – who is Nelli’s eldest sibling – also shut down gossip that she died in the same way as their mother, Lulu who passed away in 2014.

He added; “My mother didn’t commit suicide – she got ill and passed away. The migraines people are referring to was a symptom of her illness”.



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Last week Nelli’s father also publicly slammed rumours she had ended her own life

Speaking at her funeral, he said; “As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide”.

The businessman, however, went on to suggest drugs and/or alcohol could possibly have been involved.

The added to funeral-goers; “We must as a matter of priority deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth. Alcohol which is overused and drugs. Fellow South Africans we better wake up and smell the coffee, we have a serious problem with substance abuse.”