Karabo Morake, SA’s Mr Gay World 2018 delegate, just got engaged


Congratulations are flowing in for Capetonian Karabo Morake, who will represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World contest in Kysnsa.

On Sunday, Karabo (27) revealed that he and his German boyfriend Max (34) had gotten engaged while he was on a three week trip to Europe.

The two first met on Tinder when Max was on holiday in Cape Town. And the sparks flew from the very first second.

“We spoke till literally 3:00 a.m from 10:00 p.m the previous night, speaking about life, love and what we want,” Karabo told Mambaonline. “Everything was a complete fairytale. We completely lost track of time. I realised that this was the soul mate I had waited for.”

The two have maintained an intense long distance relationship for the last few months, although Max has since returned to South Africa to see his fellow lovebird. It was while Karabo was visiting Max in Europe last week that the question was popped.

The special moment took place in the early hours of the morning, just days before Karabo was set to return home to South Africa.

“He woke me up and made me stand on the bed and got down and said to me, ‘Please make me the happiest man in the world and spend 80 years with me!’ I laughed and said, ‘Why not 100 years or forever?’ I looked at him and said, ‘Max I love you and I want you to spend the rest of my life with me.’ I then also got down on one knee and asked him. It was so romantic!”

Karabo describes Max as “a very shy and quiet guy” and “the complete opposite of me really, because I am so talkative, crazy, a social media junkie and public figure, dancer, lawyer and all these million things at once.”

He gushes: “He is everything I have ever wanted and more. He says he has never loved like he loves me and the feeling is mutual.”

And while their relationship remains a long distance one for now, that won’t be the case for too long as Karabo plans to move to Germany once they tie the knot.

“Distance for us does not affect our love,” he says. “In fact we love each other even more because of the distance. He is now coming again to South Africa soon and I will also be going up again soon.”

Karabo hopes that his engagement will inspire more LGBTQI+ people to believe in “equal love”. He explains: “We need to believe that we are people who deserve to love and be loved, that we are perfect in our own way and nothing is wrong with us. We need to believe in happy endings, in goals and dreams coming true.”

Karabo, who is originally from Mafikeng, works as an internal relations legal executive manager and was the runner up in the Mr Gay World Southern Africa competition last year. When the winner, Juan Pinnick, was forced to drop out of Mr Gay World due to a knee injury last month, Karabo agreed to take his place.

Karabo will be competing in various physical and other challenges against a group of delegates from around the globe from 20 May in Knysna, South Africa. The winner of Mr Gay World 2018 will be crowned at the Grand Finale on 26 May. Tickets can be bought at www.webtickets.co.za.

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