Nollywood actor Arnold Olatunde talks about failed love search, pandemic and career growth [Pulse Interview]
Nollywood actor, Arnold Olatunde takes us down memory lane on his journey during and after his participation in love reality TV show 'Ultimate Love.'
For many, it was a surprise to see an already known actor in a reality TV show in search of love.
In this interview with Pulse, the movie star speaks on the reasons behind his decision to take part in the reality show and the journey after.
We kicked off our chat with the topic that has been on the lips of everyone around the world, coronavirus, and how no one expected a pandemic at this time.
"Not at all, 2020 came as a shocker, and as a matter of fact this is the first we of this generation is experiencing. It was really scary for me" he said.
Olatunde made the news earlier in 2020 when he was unveiled as one of the contestants in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Love'. Why did an actor had to go on a reality TV show to fine love?
"It is very easy to fall in love these days but to stay in love that is another topic. Like I said I love adventures and going for such show I thought to myself, this is a one time experience," he said.
"When I got the memo I was like men I could just end up with a forever bestie on a reality show platform and when we both grow old our kids would see the process we went through finding each other."
Every reality TV show comes with its own dynamics. The platform gives anyone the opportunity to make long lasting relationships and friendships. For Olatunde, 'Ultimate Love' blessed him with some amazing friends even when the price was the target.
"It's a Reality show and a competition with a prize. So everyone was everywhere trying to outsmart and outdo. But for real I also met some wonderful people in there who regardless the competition believed in friendship and respect the bond-like Chris, Obi, Jenny Koko, Kachi, David and Iyke," he said.
For those who watched the first season of the reality TV show, Olatunde had a very interesting relationship with his paired partner, Bolanle Babalola. I simply wanted to know how that ship sailed.
"It was a struggle all through. And each time I try I got every reason to still stay back and take things slow," he said.
"I never knew a partner would want to be in competition with the other. I discovered that attitude when anytime we are asked to nominate a housemate, she always exonerates herself from the decision."
"I will go ahead and make the nominations alone and she secretly goes to the Housemates and apologises. Thereby making me the victim."
Still, on his relationship with Babalola, there were reports of clashes between them after leaving the 'Love Pad,' especially about the rent issues. Olatunde chipped in to clarify what really happened.
''Not a fight I bet it was an issue of opinion," he said. I asked if they are still together and he dropped the bombshell; "NOT AT ALL ."
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the economy all over the world and most of the world's population is feeling it. For Olatunde, the pandemic has also affected his earnings but he isn't giving up. According to him, there are works in the pipeline to collaborate with some filmmakers.
"Been trying to partner with some filmmakers on a personal project which I started last year and also been in the studio recording my EP "THE BOOED AND THE BOOLESS" a lot of people have been chastised and disapproved wrongly, it's just a collection of my sounds and lyrics," he concluded.
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