Iyabo Ojo Talks Nollywood And Marriages – Actress Iyabo Ojo has opened up about her past marriage in a recent interview, saying it had no effect on her career.
The popular Yoruba actress revealed that her husband had married her because she was pregnant, and revealed that she had quit the marriage because she was unhappy.
“If I had problems with my marriage, it had nothing to do with my acting profession,” she said to Hip TV. “I wasn’t even a star when I got married. And when I got out of my marriage, I still wasn’t a star. Up until I got married, I’d only featured in one film, Satanic, and I pulled out of the industry the moment I got married.
“So I wasn’t acting in those years that I was married. I was a full-time housewife and businesswoman. I actually chose to come back into acting because I had started having issues with my marriage and knew it wasn’t making me happy.
“And I knew that wasn’t the way I wanted to live my life. Yes, there are lots of problems in celebrity marriages; and the reason is that as celebrities, we live in our own world.
“We work hard a lot, moving from one location to the other; and usually when a female in the industry meets a male guy who just comes from the blues, he usually comes with a lot of loaded lies and sweeps some of these colleagues of mine off their feet.
“And they in turn are not patient enough to study these guys well enough, because ‘society expects them to be married.’ So people tend to marry for specific reasons, and as far as I am concerned, you mustn’t be able to define the reason you love someone to the extent of marriage.
“Once you get married for a reason, then there is a problem. I got married because I was pregnant. That was a reason. My husband married me because I was pregnant for him; that was also a reason. Most men get married to ladies in the industry because of the celebrity aura around them, only to realise that there is a lot to marriage than that.
“They also discover that in reality, these ladies aren’t as perfect as the screens project them and then the men cannot get used to the ego that comes with the profession and typically want to be the man and break those wings. And if the woman is such that wouldn’t be tamed, then there is a crisis and a collision.”