Three months after his top-secret wedding, author Yusuf Daniels has finally shared a picture of his new mystery wife.
The Daily Voice can reveal Mrs. Daniels is Natasha, 38.
The writer of the best-selling Cape Flats book, Living Coloured, surprised his Facebook followers on Monday when he announced that he had already tied the knot in secret in January.
The 50-year-old, who has three children from his first marriage, announced his engagement on 21 January, saying he’d been dating the data analyst for three years already.
He said he proposed to his “very private” fiancée after his mother Jessie died of Covid-19 on 29 December 2020.
“She was the woman who is responsible for book one. She is the one who sent off the stories to publishers without my knowledge,” he told the Daily Voice.
It has now emerged that the two tied the knot a week later, on 29 January, with only an imam, a witness and his three kids present.
“My mother told me shortly before she died, ‘Yusuf, you are going to end up with this woman’,” he says.
“We made sure it's exactly a month after she died so we never forget the date she left us.”
On Monday night, Yusuf invited his 56 600 Facebook followers to join him for a live video chat where he said he wanted to address a “pressing issue” that left him nervous.
He said: “So, people, I have been holding back on something which I think is unfair… I think it’s time to come clean, so guys, about three moths ago… I got married.”
He then gave mense a side view of Natasha as she sat working on a computer close to him.
“I spent R275 on my wedding, just me, my three kids, the imam, a witness and my new wife, I took advantage of using Covid as an excuse not to invite anyone else.”
Wednesday morning, a naughty Yusuf posted a picture of himself and his bride cutting a cake - her face covered with a veil and tiara filter.
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“If your ex-wife approved of the new one, then you must know you slat the jackpot,” he joked.
Yusuf, from Kenwyn, says the move to his new home in the Northern Suburbs was “interesting”.
“I saw in her fridge she had a lotta sauces, which was kwaai but in her freezer she had frozen parcels and three koeksisters and a block of bread.
“Sy sit alles weg, (but being) ‘n ou koeksister vrieter, my stomach won’t allow it,” he joked.
He adds: “Married life is beautiful, I look forward to coming home to this woman, she makes a tamatie bredie just like my mom’s and I know my mom is smiling in Jannah for this woman.”