Steve Hofmeyr Biography: Net Worth, Wife, Age, Height, Siblings, Children, Movie, Songs

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye March 7, 2024

Steve Hofmeyr is a multi-talented South African artist who has made a name for himself as a singer, songwriter, writer, actor, and former TV presenter.

He is one of the country’s most popular and successful Afrikaans musicians, with more than 30 albums and several awards to his credit.

He is also a controversial figure who has sparked outrage and criticism for his views on race, politics, and history, especially regarding the apartheid era and the Afrikaner identity.

Profile

  • Full name: Steve Hofmeyr
  • Date of birth: August 29, 1964
  • Age: 60 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, writer, actor, former TV presenter
  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft)
  • Parents: Steve Hofmeyr Sr. and Ria Hofmeyr
  • Siblings: Two brothers and two sisters
  • Spouse: Janine van der Vyver (m. 2014)
  • Children: Devon Hofmeyr, Armand Hofmeyr, Sebastian Hofmeyr, Benjamin Hofmeyr, Lincoln Hofmeyr, Romy Lee Hofmeyr
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $2 million

Early Life and Education

Steve Hofmeyr, now 60 years old, was born on August 29, 1964, in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the son of Steve Hofmeyr Sr., a businessman and politician, and Ria Hofmeyr, a teacher and author.

He has two brothers and two sisters. He grew up in a conservative Afrikaner family and attended Afrikaans-medium schools.

He also played rugby and cricket and was a good student. He attended Grey College in Bloemfontein and Pretoria Technikon Drama School, where he graduated with a diploma in drama in 1986.

Personal Life

Steve Hofmeyr has had a turbulent personal life, marked by several affairs and divorces.

He married actress Natasha Sutherland in 1998 after they met on the set of the soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold. They have two sons, Devon and Armand, who are also musicians.

However, their marriage ended in 2008 after reports of Hofmeyr’s infidelity surfaced.

He also has two sons, Sebastian and Benjamin, with his former girlfriend Janine du Plessis, and a son, Lincoln, with his former fiancee Daniela Barbosa.

He married Janine van der Vyver, a beautician, in 2014, and they have a daughter, Romy Lee, who was born in 2015. He lives with his wife and daughter on a farm near Bronkhorstspruit.

Career

Steve Hofmeyr has had a prolific and diverse career, spanning music, writing, acting, and TV presenting.

He started his music career in 1989 with the release of his debut album, Desertbound. He has since released more than 30 albums, mostly in Afrikaans but also in English and Dutch.

He has sold over two million albums and performed in various countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. He has won several awards for his music, such as the SAMA, the Ghoema, the Huisgenoot Tempo, and the Vonk.

He is known for his romantic ballads, country rock songs, and patriotic anthems. Some of his most popular songs are Pampoen, Blou Ballon, Agter Elke Man, Die Blou Bul, and Ons Sal Dit Oorleef.

He started acting in 1987, with a role in the TV series Agter Elke Man. He became famous for his role as Bruce Beyers in the soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold, which he played from 1992 to 2001. He has also acted in TV shows and movies, such as 7de Laan, Scandal!, Treurgrond, A Case of Murder, and Platteland.

He has also produced and directed films like The Story of Racheltjie de Beer and Die Skatties.

He started his writing career in 1997 by publishing his first novel, Die Laaste Tango. He has since written several other books, such as Die Onaantasbares, Laaste Dans, Drienie, Die Verste Uur, and Die Laaste Ure.

He has also written columns for various newspapers and magazines, such as Rapport, Huisgenoot, and Finesse. He has also published his autobiography, Mense van My Asem, in 2008.

He started his TV presenting career in 1993 with Die Steve Hofmeyr Show. He has since hosted several other shows, including Dis Hoe Dit Is, Die Faktor, Die Kliek, and Kom Ons Praat Daaroor. He has also judged talent shows such as Idols SA and Afrikaans Idols.



Awards

Steve Hofmeyr has won numerous awards throughout his career, both for his music and acting. Some of the most notable awards are:

  • SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Afrikaans Pop Album in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • SAMA for Best Selling Album in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • SAMA for Best Male Artist in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Ghoema (Afrikaans Music Award) for Best Male Artist in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Ghoema for Best Album in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Ghoema for Best Song in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Controversy

Steve Hofmeyr has been involved in many controversies throughout his career, mainly due to his views on race, politics, and history.

He has been accused of being a racist, a white supremacist, a neo-Nazi, a Holocaust denier, a xenophobe, a misogynist, and a homophobe by various critics, media outlets, and organizations.

He has also been involved in legal disputes, boycotts, bans, and protests for his actions and statements.

Some of the most notable controversies are:

  • In 1993, he used the racial slur “kaffir” in a song called Die Land, which was banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
  • In 1999, he performed the former South African national anthem, Die Stem, at a rugby match, which was seen as a sign of support for apartheid and white supremacy.
  • In 2001, he was accused of plagiarism by the singer Anton Goosen, who claimed that Hofmeyr copied his song Lied van die Lewe.
  • In 2004, he was fined for speeding and assaulting a traffic officer in Pretoria.
  • In 2007, he was banned from performing at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), a major Afrikaans arts festival, for his political views and statements.
  • In 2008, he was sued by the singer Sunette Bridges for defamation after he called her a “racist bitch” and a “Nazi whore” on his blog.
  • In 2011, he was arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest in Bronkhorstspruit.
  • In 2014, he sparked a social media campaign called #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh after he tweeted that he would remove his children from the school if it allowed black girls to wear their hair naturally.
  • In 2015, he caused a public outcry when he tweeted that “blacks were the architects of apartheid” and that he did not believe in the existence of black people before white colonization.
  • In 2016, he was dropped by several sponsors, such as Pick n Pay, Land Rover, and Toyota, for his support of the Afrikaner advocacy group OASE, which seeks to establish a separate state for white Afrikaners.
  • In 2017, he was banned from performing at the Cape Town Stadium after he sang Die Stem during a concert.
  • In 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemned him for his comments on the land expropriation issue, in which he said that he would “die for his land” and that he would “kill for it too.”
  • In 2019, he was boycotted by several radio stations, such as Jacaranda FM, Gagasi FM, and East Coast Radio, for his involvement in the #BlackMonday protest, in which he and other white farmers wore black clothes and blocked roads to protest against farm murders.
  • In 2020, he was criticized by the Jewish community for his denial of the Holocaust, in which he said that “there were never gas chambers” and that “Hitler was not a bad guy.”
  • In 2021, he was accused of inciting violence and hate speech after he posted a video on his Facebook page in which he urged his followers to “fight back” against the government’s lockdown measures and the “black majority rule”.
  • In 2022, the singer Lira sued him for defamation after he called her a “quota queen” and a “BEE beneficiary” on his blog.
  • In 2023, he was banned from entering the UK, the US, and Australia for his support of the white nationalist group AfriForum, which advocates for the rights and interests of white Afrikaners.

Social Media

  • Twitter: steve_hofmeyr
  • Instagram: steve.hofmeyr

Filmography

  • Agter Elke Man
  • Egoli: Place of Gold
  • 7de Laan
  • Scandal!
  • A Case of Murder
  • Treurgrond
  • Platteland
  • The Story of Racheltjie de Beer
  • Die Skatties

Discography

  • Desertbound
  • Only Me
  • No Hero
  • Die Blou Album
  • True to You
  • Die Bok Kom Weer
  • Steve
  • Die Land
  • Beautiful Noise
  • Die Bok Spring Weer
  • Die Platinum Reeks
  • Die Blou Bul
  • Die Bok Rock On

Net Worth

According to various sources, Steve Hofmeyr’s net worth is estimated at $2 million.

He has earned his wealth from his music, writing, acting, and TV presenting careers, as well as from his endorsements, sponsorships, and investments.




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