Love life tax: How Kenyan celebrities pay for fame
Some Kenyan celebrities are known for keeping their private lives out of the public eye. However, over the years a good number of them have taken to social media to share their love stories with their fans. From romantic photoshoots to heartfelt messages, these celebrities are opening up about their relationships in a way that was once unimaginable.
So why the sudden change, and is this the price they pay for the sake of maintaining their relevance? Some argue that social media has made it easier for celebrities to connect with their fans on a more personal level. By sharing their love stories, they hope to inspire others and show that they too are human and experience the same emotions as everyone else.
In a society that is often conservative about matters of the heart, celebrities are breaking down barriers by showcasing their love for their partners in public, more so in 2023.
However, sharing one’s love story on social media is not without consequences. The internet can be a cruel and unforgiving place, and celebrities are often subject to scrutiny and ridicule. Those who have experienced failed relationships have borne the brunt of online trolling, with some even being subjected to cyberbullying.
Take, for instance, Kenyan musician Tanasha Donna, when she ended her relationship with Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz. The couple had been the subject of much speculation since they’d started dating, and when their relationship fell apart, it was played out for all to see on social media.
Tanasha was subjected to relentless trolling, with many people blaming her for the breakup. But she knew that was out of her hands, and quite honestly she signed up for it when she decided to go public about her relationship with the singer.
Similarly, entrepreneur Michelle Ntalami also experienced the harsh side of social media after her relationship with media personality Makena Njeri ended in a rather tumultuous manner. Ntalami, much as she did not expose much about her relationship became the center of interest on social media when she decided to disclose the reason why her relationship with the media personality met its end.
Currently, we’re looking at famous celebrity couple Jackie Matubia and Blessing Lung’aho who have been making headlines lately because they have supposedly been showing signs of having trouble in their paradise. With Matubia sharing TikTok videos of herself lipsyncing to songs about men being cheats and all, many of the couple’s fans have shared their concerns as this continues to escalate.
Growing into the limelight, however, the couple knew that their relationship would be subject to scrutiny and criticism as they serve a large audience with their content. It’s inevitable.
Despite the risks involved, many Kenyan celebrities continue to share their love stories online, as they see it as a way of staying connected with their fans and inspiring others to love fearlessly. It’s a brave move and one that deserves respect, especially in a society that is often quick to judge.
As they slowly break the walls of privacy and open up to their fans about their love lives, and while it may come with risks, it’s a bold move that deserves commendation. Love is a beautiful thing, and it should be celebrated, not ridiculed.
New celebrities to come out and profess their love interests in 2023 so far include actress Brenda Wairimu with her new flame, whose identity is not fully known yet, and lifestyle content creator Sharon K Mwangi who is dating singer Kagwe Mungai. The question is, did they do it out of personal interest or public pressure? Who knows.