Reeva Steenkamp, the reality star and model who was killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day, had coffee with her ex-boyfriend just days before her death, according to Warren Lahoud, a South African businessman who reportedly dated Steenkamp for five years.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Lahoud revealed the encounter for the first time in a new BBC Three documentary titled “Oscar Pistorius … What Really Happened.” Lahoud, whose name has been kept out of the press up until now, told the British news outlet that he and Steenkamp met up for 40 minutes just two days before she was fatally shot by the Paralympic track star.
In the documentary, Lahoud claimed that the coffee date was purely platonic, Britain’s London Evening Standard reported. “She contacted me and we met up for a quick coffee, and that was it. We did (exchange text messages), to meet up the previous week,” Lahoud said.
However, he suggested that Pistorius might not have felt the same way. Lahoud remembered being slightly concerned when Pistorius called Steenkamp’s phone twice only 20 minutes into the meeting. "I said, 'Is everything okay. I mean he's phoned twice already.' I asked her that question,” Lahoud said. "She said, 'There's nothing wrong.'"
"She seemed fine. We didn't really discuss personal relationships; it was more a friendly thing," he added. "She didn't seem unhappy. She told me that she wouldn't be with anybody that she felt unhappy with, or she wouldn't allow herself to be with somebody like that."
He also alleged that he and Pistorius had met twice, and had not had any friction. "There was never anything negative out of it at all. [It was fine] ... no problem at all,” he said.
Lahoud and Steenkamp’s relationship was well documented on Twitter, where the two frequently exchanged affectionate messages up until July of 2012.
On July 16, Lahoud thanked Steenkamp for ear muffs she had gotten him, writing, “@reevarebecca thank you for the ear muffs thingymajigs, my ears would have fallen off without them :)) XXX” and she wrote back, “hahaha!!! Pleasureeeee!!!! Imagine that happening you wouldn't listen even more than you already don't! Lol [sic].”
But after their public Twitter communications suddenly ceased, Lahoud continued to tweet several messages that seemed to include possible references to Steenkamp.
In October, months after Steenkamp had posed for the cover of FHM, Lahoud tweeted the lyrics of a Swedish House Mafia song “Miami 2 Ibiza,” “She pose for FHM, she like my black LV We spinnin LPR, up on my APC. I'm in my PRPS and my Nike SB's. Ravin' with SHM, London to NYC!”
Four days later, he wrote, “OH so you dating my ex?? Well I'm eating a sandwich you want the left overs of that too??!!”
Around the same time, Lahoud also wrote several ambiguous tweets about maintaining hope that important people in one’s life would not disappear.
“Do not chase people. Be you and do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you. And stay,” Lahoud wrote on Nov. 27, 2012.
“As long as there is a small flame the fire is never out!” he added on Dec. 2, just two months before Steenkamp’s death.
Pistorius, 26, is accused of murdering Steenkamp, 29, in his home in Pretoria on Feb. 14, but has claimed that he mistook her for a burglar. He is currently out on bail, and according to the Standard, is in the process of selling off many of his assets including cars and racehorses to help fund his defense case.