He Wanted Too Many Waists: Yvonne Nelson Opens Up On Break-Up With Iyanya

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Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has finally spoken about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Iyanya in an interview with Bella Naija, alluding the relationship’s end to the Kukere singer’s lying ways. Excerpts:

Sometime last year, you were quite emotional on Twitter when you supposedly broke up with a Nigerian music star. That incident has been shrouded with lots of cover-ups.
Could you tell me what really happened?

I think it’s time my fans get to know the whole truth so I’m going to let it all out. I dated one person here, he’s in the industry. There were too many lies in the relationship. I found out a whole lot of things and I just felt like he took advantage of me.

Why did you go on Twitter to express your emotions?
I’m human, I’m not like a robot or anything. I just wanted the whole world to know what I was going through and I just wanted them to know that I was done with the relationship.

Did you actually break up with him on Twitter?
I didn’t break up on Twitter. I just tweeted how I was feeling that very moment.

I had an interview with Iyanya shortly after that Twitter rant and his words were “She didn’t mention my name so I don’t know anything about it. I’ve never told anyone that I was dating anybody.” Aren’t we talking about the same person here?
He would say that because he was wrong. His team is also trying to protect his fan base and I don’t blame him for denying anything. It’s him and his career, that’s OK.

How long did the two of you date and how would you describe the relationship?
We dated for 7 to 8 months. We had something and I thought it was special, like he was a wonderful guy but it was all lies. He had other girls and other things he was doing. Aside the actress that was in the picture, there were a lot more. That is how bad it is. We were in a relationship and he lied throughout and he was able to do all those things because I wasn’t living in Nigeria. But aside from the distance, I feel if you’re a genuine person and you’re loyal, you would still not do that.

Is this actress you’re talking about actually Tonto Dikeh?
I feel it’s disrespectful to start mentioning other people’s names. I am talking about Iyanya because we had a thing, I don’t want to bring in a third person. There were a lot of names that people know. There was a girl from South Africa, I’m not going to mention names but she was part of Big Brother Africa last year.

Most people only got to know that you and Iyanya were dating after you broke up. Were you deliberately being secretive about it?
I also don’t believe in putting my relationships in the faces of people. We both had our careers and were trying to protect our fan base and that’s cool. But if you go through my Instagram page, you’d see a couple of pictures of us together. I wasn’t shy about anything but he could not say he’s dating Yvonne Nelson because he had different people he was seeing so it was very hard for him to bring it out.

What did the experience teach you?
There are some things that you don’t get to learn in school; people can’t advice you, you won’t even listen. You just have to experience it to learn. I have no regrets that I went through it, it would have happened anyway. We are all human beings. We fall in love once in a while but if it doesn’t work out, that’s OK.

Have you moved on since then?
I have! It happened last year but I’ve moved on. I’ve been working hard, been producing movies. I still listen to his music, I love his album. I love the Track 1 with MI and I love, ‘I Got It’. He is a very talented guy, I always have goose bumps on my body when he sings.”

Interview by Bellanaija.com



Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com


  1. i am a big fun of iyanya but i disagree with wat he has done.girs are very special and need to be treated with care.wat u did is absolutely wicked.i thought u had a heart of gold but u have disappointed me.

  2. Some kind of guys don’t arouse goose bumps so fast and yet they become your stable and loyal soulmate. I m a creative person and as I expect dating loyalty, I wouldn’t prefer to date a creative person because I know we struggle a lot with routine and stability and are therefore more prone to cheating by nature than the analytical cautious type( no statistics but a lot of personal observations).Every guy wants the waist but not every guy wants just waste alone without caring about your heart. Yvonne let God guide your relationships and tell the dogs to go for the bitches! Cos I reason if you were a bitch u won t give the fuking damn since you too would only using him as he was only using you. but you seem to have a heart, people with a heart do best letting God guide them. Cheers!

  3. It’s a relationship and such things happen. But in a real world where celebs decide to date themselves, I think it is appropriate for them to accord some degree of respect for themselves and their fan base. This things happen not only in the celeb world, it does happen in the normal world. But it’s bull-shit when celebs have no single degree of respect for themselves. Iyanya is a great guy and I love his music and style but if he did exactly what Yvonne Nelson said that he did.Then that’s a level of unprofessional ism and every other act should desist from such. You can’t keep hurting people anyhow and think it’s normal.In my own philosophy, I don’t think so!

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