BY ESE DIBEBI
Popular Yoruba Nollywood actor, Femi Adebayo has spoken up to deny the circulating rumour about star actress Funke Akindele being responsible for the breakup of his first marriage a few years ago.
The actor who began acting two decades ago in Tade Ogidan‘s Owo Blow spoke to City People magazine.
He said, “Funke had nothing to do with the marriage crash, the major reason my marriage broke up was the fact that my baby mother does not really like my profession. Funke absolutely has nothing to do with [my] marriage problem. And I want people to get this clear.”
On why it took him this long to speak about his failed marriage, Adebayo said, “Well, I have a right to my privacy and if I have issues with my wife, it is not ideal to go public to broadcast it. There are several marriages either from celebrities or not that have gone down the drain. So, mine is not an exception and marriage is a contract which you can breach anytime if one party is no longer comfortable with the condition of the contract. I see it as a personal problem that I have been managing for long and I see no reason why I should go around to talk about it in public that my marriage had issues. Inasmuch as I am a celebrity, people will be interested in knowing many things about me, I don’t believe I should make it a public issue that my marriage is unsettled and that was why I kept it to myself.“
About how the divorce occured, the son of veteran actor, Adebayo Salami said, “After about 2 years of separation, I think she couldn’t take it any longer, she filed the divorce about 4 years ago. She filed it at an area court in Ilorin where the marriage was celebrated. The marriage was dissolved and we had agreement on how to take care of the babies, how to have access to them and all that. She has the custody of the children and that is that. Under the principle of Islam which our marriage was celebrated, she should have the custody of the children.”
He also used the opportunity to announce to the public that he has been single since but he thinks it’s high time a went into another marital union.