Popular Yoruba actress Mide Funmi-Martins has talked about her husband and why she bleached her skin.
In an interview with Ynaija, the Nollywood actress opened up on how lots of people think her husband of 12 years has been using ‘jazz’ on her, the various misconceptions about her husband, why she bleached and lots more. Here are excerpts from the interesting interview below:
Why she married her husband, Afeez Owo: It is a normal thing for one to develop affection and feelings for someone who is always there for you… especially the person that was really of help when no one was there. My husband was the only person that was there for me during this period and that’s one of the reasons I fell for him.
And then I love him actually. He was my mum’s manager before she died but before she died we were best of friends and that’s where the feelings started from. So after she died we became even closer, go out together, work together on some of the movie scripts mummy left behind and from there, things started going and thank God this is our 12th year together.
Success in the industry: If mum were still alive, I wouldn’t have been this successful. She wouldn’t have allowed me, in short I never planned to be an actress all my life. I did not even like the career before, I wouldn’t even be in the industry because I came into the industry mainly because of my mum’s fame.
When she died, I just thought about it that I had to take it up from where she stopped so that she’d be remembered forever, imagine if I hadn’t taken it, many would probably have gotten who she was today. That’s why I took it up and to God be the glory I made the right decision. I never thought it would be this fun but I’m loving it, when I’m on location, it takes away all my sorrows, I love my job so much.
Her alleged crashed marriage: Well, let me say this, you cannot please the world. I have heard series of interviews on this particular issue but I just don’t know why people sit down and write lies about me and my marriage. I am happily married, I live with my husband and children. We were together a few minutes back, we don’t have crisis. Fine, we have normal quarrels that happen between couples but none has ever extended outside our home.
That she cheats with a particular sugar daddy: I don’t know what to say anymore, they should bring photos and evidence of the sugar daddy that I am cheating on him. See me, I hardly go out, if I am not on location, I am in my house. I am a workaholic, after my family, then my job is next so how do I have to see any sugar daddy.
I depend on the work of my hand and God ‘cos they are the only ones that can take me far in this life so I don’t have time for any nonsense, and they are just bad belle people.
The misconception that her husband is not fit for her: Well, love is a very funny thing. It happens in the most unexpected way, you might be the first lady of a country and fall in love with a gardener and you won’t just know how to explain it, love is not something you can just explain.
Whom you fall in love with is not something you can control. When we first started, I myself thought it was jazz cos people were saying it too, but one thing about jazz is that when you are being jazzed you won’t realize it, you wouldn’t even think of it once cos the jazz would have blindfolded you.
But I have been with him for the past 12 years, I am sure that if he actually usedjazz on me, it would have been impotent by now….so it’s natural, it’s funny, strange but I’m in love with my husband, with just the way he is.
Probably if I have married a more handsome man, we would have divorced or separated since and not be living happily as we are now.
But I married this man and I ‘m happy with him, happy with my marriage and I have a happy life. What more do I want or need, I am happy with my husband, I just wish I can tell the whole world that I am happy with this man, stop all this nonsense talk, he did not use Jazz on me, I love him just the way he is.
On bleaching: It is not a crime to me, it is not a crime to change your skin color. One thing I believe is that when you are fairer it brings out more beauty in you, so there is nothing wrong in lightning your skin a lil’ bit, just don’t overdo it.
There is no offence in it after all it is not a legal offence….yes, there is this belief that Black is beautiful but it doesn’t fit some people. It is the truth, black doesn’t fit everybody but when you are fairer you become more beautiful and that is why I am prettier now.
And in this our industry, that’s what sells the most. It is not as if you have to fair skinned to be in Nollywood but that is how I view it for myself. It is a personal decision so I lightened up a bit to become more beautiful and attractive and fit into major roles…and I don’t think I have overdone it, it’s just normal.
Recall that just few months ago, the actress denied reports that she had separated from her Nollywood actor and producer husband, Afeez Owo.