Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan now claims Tanzanian actress-cum-model Wema Sepetu contributed to her decision to dump her (Zari’s) partner of three years, Diamond Platnumz.
Zari claims Wema Sepetu and Diamond’s gesture to hug, get cozy and portray a ‘romantic’ closeness at WCB party organized by Diamond Platnumz in late January, 2018 was the straw that broke the camel’s back, prompting her to dump the Sikomi hit-maker, who she accuses of having a penchant for multiple sexual partners.
Speaking to the BBC Swahili Dira ya Dunia programme on Friday, February 23, Zari emphasized that she and Diamond Platnumz are genuinely not a couple, contrary to speculations that their ‘break-up’ was another showbiz stunt meant to have fans constantly speaking about them ahead of Diamond’s launch of his new music album called “A Boy from Tandale”.
“It is true Diamond and I have broken up. In other words, it (relationship) is done! I blocked him since videos showing him cozying up to his ex-girlfriend (Wema Sepetu), went viral online. By the time I went on Instagram to break news about our split, we had not communicated for three weeks. I have decided to step on the side and let him do whatever he wishes to do,” said Zari.
“Diamond and I were working on restoring normalcy to our relationship after he confessed to cheating on me with Hamisa Mobetto. And when I was in the process of trusting him, a video of him hugging and getting cordial with an ex-lover (Wema Sepetu) in public forum surfaces online. Such actions by Diamond were meant to disrespect me; to show disregard to me and my children. It was no just right,” she added.
Zari Hassan claims Diamond Platnumz had never told her anything about the videos and pictures of him and Wema, and that she only bumped into them online, when social media users were having a field day with them.
“I did not ask him about them either because they were a non-issue to me. I had already made up my mind,” said Zari.
Zari says Diamond is yet to formally seek her back.
“The time he apologized for a wrong-doing was when he confessed to siring a child with that other woman (Mobetto) – that was in September, 2017. I forgave him. Following the recent happenings, even if he apologizes, I don’t think I would forgive,” said Zari Hassan.
The mother-of-five says the break-up has not affected her – even a bit – because “she was strong before meeting Diamond, and will remain strong even after breaking up with the singer”.
“I do a lot of things (business). First, you should know that even before meeting Diamond, I was making paid appearances at top entertainment spots; I was ‘Zari The Bosslady’ even before Diamond came into the picture. I will continue making appearances; I will emcee at shows… I will continue doing the same things,” said Zari Hassan.
Wema Sepetu and Diamond Platnumz, a one-time Tanzanian power couple, reunited at a party organised by Diamond’s record label WCB late January.
A video showing Diamond and Wema hugging for a couple of seconds on stage went viral on social media, with online users speculating – at the time – that Diamond whispered sweet-nothings in the renowned actress’ ears.
Diamond, consequently, took to Instagram to say he invited Wema to his event because there was no rivalry or a secret affair between them.
“Many people like it when parties fight; they enjoy engaging on threads which are baseless. You’d hear someone say: ‘Diamond, I am your biggest fan, and I really appreciate the work you do. I was, however, appalled when you invited Wema to your function’.
“You’d want me to continue differing with Wema, but the big question is: what will we be fighting over? When Wema and I are warring, how does it benefit you? How will it contribute positively to Tanzania’s art industry? You cannot purport to be my fan yet you rejoice when I am at war with other people, a war, which ended ages ago.
“I have a family that I love so much, I won’t leave it. This is not the time to brood enmity which is not founded on any valid premise. It is time for artists to work together toward growing the art industry for posterity. Thank you very much madam (Wema) for coming through,” said Diamond Platnumz.
In May, 2017, Wema Sepetu had ruled out any possibility of getting back together with Diamond Platnumz, saying “life has to move on” and the best thing her fans could do was pray for her to get wealthy man for a husband.
Wema Sepetu was responding to a follower on Instagram who wanted her to publicly declare that she won’t meddle in Diamond Platnumz and Zari Hassan’s relationship.
The fan also asked Wema Sepetu to recognise that Diamond Platnumz is now a father of two children with Zari Hassan.
“Baby, who told you that I want to get back together with Diamond Platnumz? Life has to go on (sic). That guy (Diamond Platnumz) has two kids for crying out loud. It is about time you guys accept that me and Naseeb (Diamond Platnumz’s real name) are no more. What you should be doing is praying for me to get a good man, not just any other man, but a man who is not famous; a man who is respectful. And my sister Mange Kimambi said: a man who is financially loaded!” said Wema Sepetu.
In another incident in May, 2017, Wema Sepetu and Diamond Platnumz met at the birthday party of Diamond Platnumz’s manager, Sallam Sharaff, where they (Wema and Diamond) took photos together, eliciting speculations online of a possible reunion of the ex-couple.
Diamond Platnumz and Wema Sepetu broke up in November, 2014 after a series of irreconcilable differences, with one being a claim that Wema refused to bear him (Diamond) children.
Diamond Platnumz would in December, 2014 hook up and kick off a relationship with Ugandan socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan, with whom they now have two children together.
Wema Sepetu on the other hand, had been in an on-and-off relationship with 2014 Big Brother Africa winner, Idris Sultan.
The two (Idris and Wema) would later break up in April, 2016.
Ever since, Wema Sepetu has been linked to different men including a Tanzanian MP, a wealthy Congolese man, a model known as Calisah; among other men.
She is yet to make known who she is dating currently.
Diamond, on the other hand, was dumped by Zari Hassan on February 14, 2018 after 3 years and 3 months of a turbulent love life.
In an Instagram post on Valentine’s Day, Zari said she arrived at the decision after keen scrutiny of Diamond Platnumz’s behaviour. She said: “he cheats on me a lot”.
She wrote: “Understand that this is very difficult for me to do. There have been multiple rumours; some with evidence floating around in all sorts of media in regards to Diamond’s constant cheating; and sadly I have decided to end my relationship with Diamond, as my respect, integrity, dignity and well-being cannot be compromised.”
Zari Hassan, who has two children with the Sikomi hit-maker, said she will work with the Bongo superstar to raise their children, Prince Nillan, One, and Latiffah Dangote, 2.
“We are separating as partners, but not as parents. This doesn’t reduce me as a self-made individual, and as a caring mother, and the boss lady you have all come to know,” she said.
Zari said despite that development, she will still emerge strong.
“I will continue to build as a mogul, i will inspire the world of women to become boss ladies too. I will teach my four sons to always respect women, and teach my daughter what self-respect means.
“Unlike many, I’ve been in the entertainment industry for 12 years, and through all my challenges I came out a victor because I am a winner, and so are all of you Zari supporters,” she concluded.
Diamond – in a previous interview – said she loved Zari because “of all the women she dated, only Zari agreed to give him children”.
Zari is the ex-wife of the late Ugandan tycoon Ivan Ssemwanga, who died in May, 2017 after suffering a stroke. Zari met Diamond after dumping Ivan over claims of physical abuse.
The ex-couple had three sons together.