Its Over! How Funke Akindele's 413-Day Old Marriage Crashed

...and another celebrity marriage bites the dust.

After days of speculations and rumours, Nollywood actress Funke Akindele finally broke the silence on the true state of her marriage over the weekend...its over!

The former Mrs Oloyede released a press statement to that effect through her spokesperson confirming the end of her marriage to Businessman cum Politician Alhaji Kehinde Oloyede Almaroof thereby putting a rest to the various speculations that had made the rounds in the short week since ex-hubby Kehinde Oloyede let out the break-up bombshell via his Facebook page. Funke's statement had read:

Dear Friends,

..onto the next one!

Funke Akindele got married to Alhaji Almaroof in what was unarguably one of the biggest weddings of 2012 but the union had been plagued by speculations and controversies from the get-go. Right after Funke Akindele revealed her groom to be none other than popular Oshodi/Isolo businessman, many were stunned that the very eligible bachelorette had chosen to settle for the popular Oshodi businessman who also happens to be the son of the Iyaloja (Mother of the market) of Oshodi market. Fans and industry watchers theorised that Alhaji Oloyede was no social match for the accomplished actress/producer. No sooner had the couple gotten engaged than the stories of his philandering ways began to hit the media with several quarters claiming that he already had a wife and several children from different women, but the smitten Funke would not bulge and she went on to wed him in a high profile wedding.

A few months after their wedding, a new chapter unfolded when it was revealed that a Lagos trader, Modinat Nike Dada was seven months pregnant for Alhaji Almaroof. In an interview on the July issue of Genevieve magazine, Funke had defended her husband claiming that a lot of negative comments came from sadists who wanted to run their mouths. In her words:

«My husband has never been married. I am the woman he got married to. I was married properly. A lot of negative comments came from sadists who want to run their mouths. So because I am a Youth Ambassador or a Celebrity, I can’t have my life?

However, no matter how desperately Funke defended her marriage, the speculations just won't stop and it didn't help that Funke was never spotted with her man on the red carpet. Sources further allege that she had in fact moved out of her matrimonial home about two months ago. But in what can now be termed as the final showdown, Funke's (ex)hubby stunned the Nigerian entertainment scene when he took to Facebook to announce the end of the 413-day old marriage sending cyberspace into overdrive mode. When asked why he had chosen to make the announcement via Facebook, Alhaji Oloyede allegedly said he did it to 'get her attention', a move that caused the rumour mill to go overdrive.

But speaking with blogger/journalist Stella Dimoko, Funke stated that she bore Mr Kehinde Oloyede no ill feelings and that for now, she's focused on her career. Excerpts:

It’s my private life, I know I am a public figure but I am entitled to some privacy at least. What has happened has happened, No one is beyond mistakes. I will take corrections from this and apply where necessary from now on. I bear Mr Kehinde Oloyede no ill feelings.

Funke Akindele joins the growing number of Nollywood actress with failed marriages including Chika Ike, Stella Damasus and Kate Henshaw-Nuttal which leads us to ask, is it the lifestyle or the fact that they're in the public eye that leads to the prevalent collapse of marriages in the entertainment industry?

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