We have our favorite celebrities whom we enjoy quality content from. And sometimes, we also feel like we are involved in their lives because of how exposed and popular they are.
However, we often forget that despite their celebrity status, these people go through hardships like average people, one of which is relationship problems.
Marriages can be beautiful as two people decide to spend the rest of their lives with each other. Unfortunately, not many get to experience that lifelong bliss and happiness in their marriages.
Some could decide to remain in their unhappy relationships because of various reasons, such as the presence of children. However, more often than not, they decide to annul the marriage and look for love elsewhere.
A List of Popular Nigerian Celebrities With Failed Marriages
Recently, the divorce rate in Nigeria has skyrocketed. Each day, it’s like we breathe in air and we hear about a failed marriage. Why?
Apart from physical abuse, emotional abuse is one of the many reasons why couples decide they cannot cope anymore. Some people have masterminded the act of manipulating their partners to their advantage. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in Gaslighting.
Below is the list of our favorite celebrities whose marriages have failed.
Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz
Fans rejoiced to find out that Funke got another shot at love when she met Abdulrasheed Bello, Nigerian songwriter, and rapper, popularly called “JJC Skillz”. The couple soon welcomed two children together.
However, Nigeria was shocked when JJC Skillz announced their separation via an Instagram post.
“Dear Friends and family, I need to let you know that Funke and I have separated. While it lasted, we shared many things and created two beautiful children,” JJC Skillz said. The last two years have been tough for us. I have tried my best to fix things, but I believe it is beyond repair now.”
This was one failed marriage that is still difficult to process.
Basketmouth and Elsie
Popular comedian, Bright Okpocha “Basketmouth” and his wife Elsie joined the list of popular Nigerian celebrities with failed marriages late last year. The couple met in 2003 and were married for twelve years with three children before it ended.
The comedian took to Instagram to announce the separation and asked for privacy while dealing with the situation.
The reasons for their breakup are unknown, but we are upset to find out about this failed marriage.
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Korra Obidi and Justin Dean
Unfortunately, this beautiful marriage lasted just four years, and a lot of people were caught off-guard when Dean announced that he was leaving her in March 2022. Since then, a lot of allegations surfaced, especially from Justin, who claimed that Korra had verbally abused him and the child.
“Many of you know I divorced Korra because we got into an argument and Korra says things to hurt me sometimes and she repeatedly told me that she regretted that June had ever been born,” Dean mentioned on his social media.
Not just that, Justin had spilled the beans that Korra was also involved in an extra-marital affair. This failed marriage was one that hurt and surprised their fans.
Tonto Dikeh and Olakunle Churchill
You may remember the Churchhill and Tonto marriage drama in the year 2019. Not many know that he left the marriage back in 2017.
Tonto had mentioned that Churchill had been abusive throughout their relationship, although, he had denied the allegations. There is still a lot of talk about their failed marriage, making them one of the most popular Nigerian celebrities with failed marriages.
Toke Makinwa and Maje Ayida
Toke Makinwa is many things in one – radio personality, television host, singer, and author. You could say that she is a role model to many women – based on her fashion style and well, lifestyle. Toke married fitness enthusiast, Maje Ayida in 2014.
However, the marriage lasted only a year and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
Fans were surprised to hear when Toke disclosed the extramarital affair Maje had, and that it had produced a child.
Mercy Aigbe and Lanre Gentry
Mercy Aigbe is one of Nigeria’s favorites as she is an actress, film producer, fashionista, and businesswoman. Just like Tonto, she is skilled in giving quality content, and her divorce caused a lot of drama.
Mercy was previously married to Lanre Gentry in 2013. And while they officially divorced in 2019, they have been separated since 2017, with Lanre accusing her of infidelity.
She is currently in a new relationship but, words about her old failed marriage still surface occasionally.
Nedu and Uzoamaka Ohiri
Popular broadcast journalist, comedian, and podcaster, Chinedu Ani Emmanuel aka Nedu married Uzoamaka Ohiri in 2013. However, their marriage crashed in 2018.
In 2021, she called out her ex-husband for domestic violence and for also hitting her a few weeks after she gave birth to a child via caesarian section. Nedu disclaimed these allegations and mentioned that their first son does not belong to him.
He wrote: ‘‘Our marriage was plagued with a lot of issues. One of which was continuous infidelity from her side that led to me conducting a paternity test on our kids. This led to the revelation that our first son is not my biological son even though he was born within the period during which we were married.’’
Paul Okoye and Anita
Paul Okoye, the second to Peter of the P-Square Duo, was married to his wife Anita for over eight years with children. However, the marriage ended recently due to heavy allegations of infidelity and fraud.
Paul has since moved on, and even gotten a new girlfriend, to the chagrin of his fans.
Popular Nigerian Celebrities with Failed Marriages: Conclusion
Despite the many failed celebrity marriages, there are still some that give us hope. Popular actress, Omotola Jalade has been married to Captain Matthew Ekeinde Ekeinde, a pilot, since 1996 and is blessed with children.
Nollywood royalty, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs have been married for over 20 years. Not to mention Mercy Johnson and her husband who have been together for over five years.
We should understand that, despite seeming larger-than-life, celebrities are also humans. They also experience difficulty in their lives, including and most especially their relationships. Cut them some slack.
And go easy on the judgmental words. Just because their lives are exposed doesn’t mean everyone has a say in them.