Tobi Jooste (Pic: Tobi Jooste / Facebook)
Afrikaans singer, model and TV presenter Tobi Jooste has denied he had a gay affair with a wealthy businessman, after the relationship turned sour.
The Sunday Times reported that Jooste, 32, has been taken to court by Patrick McBride, 52, following a six month relationship in which the singer lived a multi-million rand jet-setting lifestyle.
In that period, McBride took Jooste on three international holidays and gave him a R25,000 a month allowance, a R250,000 ring, designer clothing, a R900,000 Porsche Cayenne, and other gifts – all totalling R2 million.
The heartbroken McBride claims that the two were lovers and that Jooste dumped him during a trip to Thailand, apparently because of his age. “But my money was not too old for him,” said McBride in the Johannesburg High Court.
While admitting that the two shared a room and a bed while on holiday, Jooste insists that McBride was just a “travel buddy” who sometimes made sexual advances towards him, which he rejected.
The star stated that he ended the friendship after he was warned by friends about the dangers of accepting expensive gifts from a gay man.
McBride wants him to at least return the Porsche, which he says is still being paid off. It’s unclear why Jooste is refusing to give back the car.
Jooste’s Facebook page describes him as: “Tall, dark & handsome, perfectly groomed and impeccably dressed, the clean cut Karoo hunk with the rich baritone voice is an enigma. Tobi Jooste has got style and elegance.”
Jooste is said to have chosen a singing career in 2007, turning down an international modelling contract in Paris to pursue his musical passion. He has released four Afrikaans albums and has hosted television shows such as kykNET’s Reik na die Sterre.