Thursday, 11 May 2017

Why I Stayed With Lanre Gentry Despite Constant Domestic Abuse – Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe who recently dropped her estranged husband’s name, Gentry after the alleged domestic violence case which resulted in her being hospitalized with CT scan showing she suffered a fractured skull has revealed the reason behind her stay in the abusive relationship.

The actress who took to her social media page to share photos of herself in blood revealed that the several cases of physical violence she suffered from her husband, Lanre Gentry has affected her sight and caused her to bleed internally.
The actress who finally spoke up on April 16, 2016 revealed that it took her a while to cry out because “I never for once came out to say that my husband did not beat me. The video people were referring to happened in 2013 when there were rumours of such and I did a video recording alongside my husband to debunk the claim. At that time I had to do it to protect his image and my marriage. I had to do a live video at that time.”
The actress in the recent interview revealed that she stayed in her seven-year-old marriage which is now in troubles because of her children and because she was a role model of some sort.
Mercy Aigbe said: “He beats me consistently 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.”
Revealing why she wants to abandon the relationship, the actress said: “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. I’m still coughing and sneezing blood even after three weeks.”
Revealing what happened on the day of the incident which led to her social media cry out, the actress revealed that she had informed her husband that she was attending a burial of her colleague but he refused to grant her permission to go, a move which would have been unfair on the lady since she had earlier promised her appearance at the event.
She added that her refusal to pick her husband up while she was still at her designer’s place had infuriated him and thus led to the assault as he drove down to her designer’s place to beat her up.”
She continued: “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 makeup 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” (“I have a child for you).

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