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TV actress Khanyisile Mbau, who claimed to have had a rose-coloured upbringing, has been exposed as a liar whose childhood was characterised by woe.

When Mbau, 22, was branded a gold digger for going out with Mandla Mthembu - a multimillionaire and 30 years her senior - the former Muvhango actress defended the affair, saying she grew up in a rich family and was spoilt.

But some of her former classmates at Bedfordview High School revealed this week that Mbau struggled like many pupils during her school days.

A 23-year-old man, who claims to have been a pal and a classmate of Mbau, said: "She used to come to school with no money for lunch, like most of us. She was never spoon-fed, so she should stop misleading the public about her wealthy childhood."

When contacted for comment the "queen of bling" was clearly disturbed about the latest disclosures.

She quipped: "That is so petty. My father owns a fleet of taxis and filling stations in Soweto.

"Everyone in Soweto will tell you about my childhood. It was blissful."

But she forbade Sowetan to interview her father, saying he was not in the public eye.

The revelations about the telly star were corroborated by another former schoolmate, who said Mbau used to live in Berea - one of Joburg's less grand suburbs.

"It is also not true that she was part of a school choir. In fact, there was no choir at school and Khanyi was only there for two years," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

But Mbau said the latest claims about her were inspired by envy.

"People can be bitter because of the kind of life I am living," she said.

"It is like a fairy tale, especially for someone at my age."


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