February is truly a month dedicated to celebrating and spending time with the ones you love, and while many typically associate the tradition with romantic partners, there is one special day dedicated to showing love to your gal pals.
Galentine’s Day, observed on 13 February, originated from the popular comedy series Parks and Recreation and has since been accepted into popular culture around the world. The day is reserved to commemorate and declare your love and appreciation for the ladies that make up your support system.
In celebration of Galentine’s Day, here’s a list of our favourite celebrity best friends who personify the meaning of friendship:
1. DJ Zinhle, Moozlie and Pearl Thusi
Like with everyone else, celebrity friendships have their ups and downs but there will always be love. In such trying times, it has been a blessing to witness DJ Zinhle’s growing friendship with musician Nomuzi ‘Moozlie’ Mabena, with the rapper being a part of the planning committee of DJ Zinhle’s intimate baby shower as well as her appointment as creative director of DJ Zinhle’s fashion - accessory brand Era By DJ Zinhle.
The renowned DJ’s nearly-decade-long friendship with actress Pearl Thusi has also been one that inspires love, no matter where you are in the world. Speaking to Kaya FM’s breakfast show hosts Dineo Ranaka and Sol Phenduka, Zinhle describes her friendship with Pearl as “a sisterhood”.
2. Faith Nketsi and Kim Kholiwe
Models and reality stars Faith Nketsi and Kim Kholiwe have been best friends for close to 12 years, and their friendship has been a joy to watch as it blossomed on Faith’s MTV reality show Have Faith.
Recast to appear in its fourth season, Kim was one of the very few close friends and family that knew about Faith’s pregnancy, stating that it was very easy to keep the pregnancy a secret. We’re so excited to see what else is in store for these mommy besties.
3. Blue and Brown Mbombo
While this duo may have been together from the womb, models and fraternal twins Blue and Brown Mbombo – also know as Azul and Acastanho Mbombo – have become one of the most well-known celebrity twins in the country and continue to express their love and appreciation for one another.
In a beautiful tribute to her twin, Blue posted a bouquet of roses on Instagram sent to her by Brown with an adorable note attached reading, “A Twin Appreciation Day, I love and appreciate you so much Nana, thank you for being a wonderful twin”.
4. Pearl Modiadie and Lorna Maseko
From girls’ trips to co-presenting, TV and radio host Pearl Modiadie and award-winning celebrity chef Lorna Maseko’s friendship is the ultimate BFF goals. As noted by their followers, the pair apparently even have striking resemblance to each other.
The beloved TV personalities fired up social media in 2022 on BBC Lifestyle’s Homegrown Tastes South Africa, of which Lorna is the presenter, where the dynamic duo joined forces for a delectable dining experience.
Pearl and Lorna’s friendship is the embodiment of winning together and we love to see it.
5. Minnie Dlamini and Unathi Nkayi
These powerhouse personalities have been in the limelight for decades for their respective accolades, with a golden friendship to match. Actress and on-screen personality Minnie Dlamini catapulted into the spotlight with her presenting gigs on various SABC channels, of which acclaimed musician and former Idols SA judge Unathi was a prominent supporter.
From vacationing in Cape Town to supporting one another in all walks of life, these two inspire such a unique and loving friendship that we should all hope to nurture.
6. Thembi Seete and Terry Pheto
Thembi Seete and Terry Pheto embody the meaning of a chosen family. The friendship between these two critically acclaimed actresses continues to forge their own successful paths in their respective industries. Thembi is flexing her mentor skills as a judge on Idols SA and Terry’s impressive filmography on-screen and behind the scenes continues to impress fans inside and outside South Africa.
In an Instagram post celebrating Terry’s birthday in May 2022, Thembi shared a beautiful message celebrating her BFF.
“I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the love and happiness in the world, all of which you deserve”, she wrote.
7. Johanna Makgalemele and Basetsana Kumalo
Johanna Makgalemele and her younger sister Basetsana Kumalo are a formidable sibling duo that exudes prestige and glamour, as Johanna and Bassie have for years become known as one of South Africa’s most stylish and inventive moguls.
The business owners’ relationship is as close-knit as can be, with the siblings praising each other for their respective accomplishments, including Bassie’s debut as an author for her novel Bassie: My Journey of Hope, and Johanna’s reveal as the TRUELOVE Home & Décor cover star.
Praised for building and cultivating a successful business together, the sisters have learned to see each other’s strengths and rely on them to bring out the best of their abilities.
8. Thando Thabethe and Khanya Mkangisa
Thando Thabethe, 947 radio host and founder of underwear and shapewear line Thabooty’s, and her ride-or-die, actress Khanya Mkangisa, have cultivated a friendship that has stood against the test of time.
Representing a bond like no other, the stars continue to build and wholeheartedly support each other in their walks of life, with Khanya modelling for Thabooty’s Naked Collection. A sisterhood like theirs is one we hope to achieve.
9. Ama Qamata and Khosi Ngema
The on-screen long-lost sisters have been gushing about their real-life sisterhood since being cast as Puleng Khumalo and Fikile ‘Fiks’ Bhele – played by Ama and Khosi, respectively, on the hit Netflix drama series Blood & Water.
The actresses have since developed a close bond since gaining fame for their powerful performances in the series, citing each other’s respective leading roles and being the youngest on set as a factor that led them to gravitate towards one another on a personal level.
10. Thuso Mbedu and Makgotso Monyemorathoe
Critically acclaimed and now internationally-renowned actresses Thuso Mbedu and Makgotso Monyemorathoe – more commonly known as Makgotso M – are a hugely successful BFF duo with amazing achievements under their own belts. The famed actresses starred alongside each other in The Woman King, which has pushed their stardom to new levels.
Having been close friends for years, the actresses aren’t shy about giving their flowers to each other, with Thuso praising Makgotso landing the role of Iniya in The Woman King.
In a tweet Thuso writes, “I am very proud of umngani wami (my friend) because she deserves all that’s good that the world has to offer.”
These ladies are the true definition of friendship.
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