After five days of holding her fans and other Nigerians in suspense, star actress Funke Akindele has finally admitted the end to her fairytale marriage to property mogul, Kehinde Oloyede-Almaroof.
An official statement released Friday evening by Akindele’s publicist, Ayo Ola- Muhammed, Principal Consultant of NEECEE Entertainment, confirmed the speculation concerning the state of her marriage.
“On behalf of our client, star actress, Funke Akindele, we want to formally inform you that after due consultation and consideration, she has now separated from Mr. Kehinde Oloyede as his wife,” Ola-Muhammed’s two-paragraph statement sent via a Blackberry Messenger read.
The publicist who is also Akindele’s immediate elder sister added: “She (Funke) hereby urges her fans and all concerned to pray and wish her the best as she moves on in her career.
“Kindly note that this is the first and only official statement from Funke Akindele on the matter and will be glad if her wish is respected. Thank you.”
On Monday 15 July, the news filtered out that Funke’s husband, Oloyede-Almaroof, allegedly announced their separation via a post on his Facebook page.
“It’s with heavy heart that I am announcing the separation of me and my wife, Mrs Olufunke Akindele. We’ve both agreed to go our separate ways coz of irreconcilable differences. We are still best of friends and we would forever remain good friends,” the purported message reads.
He was said to have added minutes later: “Am doing just fine and getting along without you. Don’t need you anymore in my life. You are the greatest mistake I have made in recent time…Kehinde Oloyede.”
Checks on Oloyede-Almaroof’s page revealed no such message as his last post on the page was on 6 July with pictures of a property ostensibly posted for sale.
But a close family source had said that the marriage was indeed troubled as the couple are already separated owing to some unresolved issues few months into their marriage.
The source said 37-year old Akindele has been hiding the issues from the public including family members, while she took solace in her job.
The source said the couple could not pretend anymore, thus the latest development.
However, our efforts since then to get the actress to respond through calls, text messages sent to her numbers yielded no effort.
All our messages were delivered and read, but the actress, who was on location of a new comedy movie “Trouble For Sale” alongside Aki and Paw Paw, in Delta States, did not respond to all our enquiries. Her PR camp also ignored enquiries.
The couple got married on 26 May 2012 at a 3-in-1 extravagant ceremony held at The Haven Event Centre in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
But a month after their celebrated marriage, the news broke that the talented actress’ husband (a confirmed polygamist with two other women) had impregnated another lady and that was how the problem in their relationship started.