Joel Booysen, Nadia Nakai: Just Friends



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Joel Booysen, Nadia Nakai: Just Friends
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In a recent swirl of rumors and social media speculation, Joel Booysen, the prominent Cape Town nightclub owner, has come forward to clear the air regarding his relationship with renowned rapper Nadia Nakai. The buzz began following a viral clip featuring the duo, sparking widespread conjecture among fans and followers.

Joel Booysen, the 28-year-old entrepreneur and son of the alleged gang leader Jerome “Donkie” Booysen, addressed the rumors head-on. He emphasized that his connection with Nakai is purely platonic, dismissing any notion of a romantic involvement.

This clarification comes in the wake of heightened public interest following a video posted by Nakai on her Instagram Stories. Nakai, also known as “Bragga” on stage, previously dated the late hip-hop icon Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, who was tragically murdered last year alongside his friend, celebrity chef Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane.

The speculation reached fever pitch after followers saw the clip of Nakai and Booysen together. Booysen, the proprietor of the popular Sneaker Cartel in Long Street, clarified that Nakai's presence at his nightclub was professional, as she was hired to entertain guests.

In his statement on social media, Booysen wrote, “Me and Nadia are just friends. We were at my nightclub in town, and she hosted at my place that night. She took the video with no bad intentions, but people went and added their own story.

Me and she are like brother and sister; nothing more”.

Booysen Addresses Rumors

Booysen also took this opportunity to speak fondly of his friendship with the late AKA, and reiterated his current relationship status, confirming that he is indeed in a relationship, and his interactions with Nakai are strictly platonic.

In another twist, Booysen addressed the issue of a fake TikTok account impersonating him. This account, he claims, has been detrimental to his reputation, engaging in activities such as soliciting money and inappropriate interactions under his name.

Despite efforts to publicize the falseness of this account, many continue to be misled. Booysen’s statement aims to set the record straight on both his personal and professional fronts, underlining the often-unseen impact of social media and rumors on public figures' lives.