American rapper Doja Cat, real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, has not shied away from saying, that she does not know her father, never met him, never come to South Africa where he lives, and does not have a relationship with him. But when she won her first Grammy at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, he was the first to thank her supporters.

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She and collaborator SZA won the award for Best Pop Duo Performance. Her father couldn’t wait to post on Instagram and thank people for supporting her. In a post that has been deleted, the Isibaya and Sarafina actor had said: “Just wanted to thank everyone who supported my child Zandile. God bless you all”. His followers dragged him to the gutter for wanting to shine on his daughter’s name, whom he doesn’t have a relationship with. “I’ve never met him, and he’s on Instagram, and he comments on my pictures sometimes, maybe not anymore, but he did a few times like months ago,” she said. “He’s an incredible dancer and a great actor but yeah, I don’t know him very well,” Doja said. When asked if they tried to connect, Doja said when she was 13, she wanted to see him. She said she was open to having a relationship with him.

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Doja has since changed her X (former Twitter bio) to say “My dad’s a deadbeat but I did well.” 

In 2020, there was another video of Doja and Whoopi Goldberg circulating on social media, where Doja met Goldberg. She was happy to see the iconic actress and mentioned that she made her think of her dad because Goldberg got to meet her father, but she never did. Goldberg, who worked with Dlamini on “Sarafina”, seemed startled by that and proceeded to say Dlamini, who played the role of Crocodile, is a good man. In his defense, Dlamini had an interview on Metro FM with Mo Flava and said he’s been looking for his daughter, but her management team wouldn’t allow him to connect with her. “What I can say, my brother, I’ve been looking for my daughter as well. And you mustn’t forget that these Americans will always want to have something that causes a stir so that she stays in the media, and then it becomes a talk all over the world,” Dumisani said. “I’ve tried to search for my baby, and the company that runs her things in terms of entertainment has been blocking me,” Dlamini said.

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