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Just like Tonto Dikeh did when her marriage to Kunle Churchill crashed, Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe has opened up on what led to the recent domestic violence that almost killed her.
The mother of two who has since removed her husband last name from her social media accounts said her husband inflicted so much injury on her Sunday the 16th of April 2017.
Here is what the actress said in an exclusive interview with Broadway TV.
About Frequent Beatings And Why She Wants To Leave Now
“He beats me consistently.” When probed on why she stayed that long after the consistent beating, Mercy revealed that she did because she wanted a home.
“I stayed because I loved him and because everytime 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”.
The Extent Of Her Injury:
“I’m still coughing and sneezing blood even after three weeks”. He broke my orbit”
Aigbe also revealed that 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. This was a regular attitude from her husband; a man she claims has slept with a lot of people close to her, even her PAs.
“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.
He confronted him and it led to a huge argument which was turning violent before she had to keep quiet.
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 for staying this long in an abusive relationship.