It’s no more a breaking news that the beautiful Edo- born Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe suffered abuse from her husband, Mr Lanre Gentry on Sunday, April 16, 2017. However, the actress has only been able to address the issue via her social media platform since the occurrence.
But, in an exclusive interview granted to Broadway TV, Mercy barred it all about her ordeal while in marriage with her ‘ex- husband’.
According to the interview, Mercy dismissed rumours pointing to an interview she granted sometimes ago, vindicating her husband of such abuse.
In her words;
‘I never for once came out to say that my husband did not beat me. The video people were referring to happened in 2013 when there were rumors of such and I did a video recording alongside my husband to debunk the claim. At that time I had to do it to protect his image and my marriage. I had to do a live video at that time’.
“He beats me consistently.”
When asked about her reason for staying in the marriage despite continuous abuse, she explained: “I stayed because I loved him and because every time he beats me, he begs and gets family and friends to beg me. He promised regularly to change but he never did. When my husband gets angry, he gets physical, not only to me but to anyone. He has done that with my house help who reported him to the Police years ago.
“I stayed because of my children and because a lot of people look up to me. I was a role model of some sort and I really wanted to keep it together. I just wanted a home”.
“It’s not like I wanted to walk away but I just feel like we need help. I spoke to my husband’s brother about it. I told him I was going to pack out for some time while my husband seeks therapy. I just wanted to feel safe, that is why I moved my things out. This last beating was brutal. I actually thought I was going to die”.
I’m Still Coughing blood
“I’m still coughing and sneezing blood even after three weeks”.
Mercy also revealed her husband regularly has extra marital affairs, including affairs with her personal assistants. She said the last incident started few days before when she discovered that her husband was sleeping with a lady. A lady she claimed to be her friend whom she was close to.
According to the interview;
On the day of the incident, Mercy had informed her husband that she was attending a burial of her colleague. After his hesitance, she explained that it would not be fair on the lady since she had promised to be there and even invited him to come along.
Mercy revealed that it was her refusal to go and pick her husband up while she was still at her designer’s place that brought the fury of the man on her. He was said to have driven there and started to beat her in the presence of everybody.
“Immediately, I opened the door, he kept beating me. I was begging him and asking why he was beating me. He said he would destroy my face such that no make-up would fix it and destroy my career. He was acting like someone who was possessed. I told him “Lanre, mo ma bi mo fun e” (translated as “I have a child for you).
‘I agree that I am a fool. I believed that a wise woman builds her home. That’s why I stayed that long’.
‘If he had shown a bit of remorse, maybe things would have been different. He went on saying that I cheated on him several times. I never cheated. That’s why I told him to come out with proof’
My Husband was in detention for over 7 months
‘My husband was in detention for over seven months and I never left him or go anywhere. Why would I want to go now? He says all this is make-up. He is not showing any form of remorse and still sponsoring lies against me.
Presently, no defense yet from the camp of the accused, either through press release, or usual social media platforms.