Patrick Doyle and I are officially divorced.

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Fans of Nollywood power couple Patrick and Ireti Doyle were shocked when the actress revealed that they are now divorced.

For years, there has been speculation about the state of affairs in their marriage.

Things started looking rocky in 2017 when fans of the couple first pointed out that they rarely appear together in public anymore.

In 2019, Mr. Doyle, who lost his first wife to sickle cell disease, wrote a moving message to Ireti on his Facebook page to mark their 15th wedding anniversary.

The veteran artist, Patrick, had said that they met on the set of a film he was producing, and after losing his wife, Ireti made her shoulders available for him to cry on and lean on.

Describing her as an unusual woman, he, among other things, said that he “had been less than worthy of her affection.”

Nigerians were quick to point out that she did not acknowledge or respond to the lengthy post, further fueling divorce rumors.

However, in a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo on his WithChude podcast, the actress, 55, emphatically stated that they are officially divorced.

no fairy tales

Speaking to the presenter, Ireti said that while they may have painted a pretty picture in front of fans, there was a huge gap between the image and their reality.

She went on to say that while they may be artists, their private life is not and the public has no right to any information.

“That I am an actor and ply my trade in the public arena does not give you the right to my personal life. And frankly, I don’t owe anyone an explanation. So go ahead; speculate all you want. If it helps you digest your morning tea, I’d be happy to oblige,” she said.

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On the question of stealing the hopes of those who want to believe in love, he said that his life is not an animation.

“My life is not an animation. I’m sorry if I contributed to destroying your image of love and the perfect couple. Still, my life is not an animation, and I cannot sacrifice my life on the altar of imagination or fantasy.

“So if I hurt someone, I’m sorry. But I had to choose for myself. I would say that it was a pretty image, but there was a big gap between the image and reality, ”he added.

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She, however, insisted that she kept the Ireti Doyle name because she had worked hard to achieve it.

Responding to a question posed by a fan on Twitter, he said;

“’Ireti Doyle’ is a name that has been almost 30 years in the making. It’s mine.”

go viral

Since making the shocking announcement, the actress has been trending on Twitter, prompting her to make a thread explaining her stance.

In a series of tweets, the ‘Wedding Party’ actress said she initially wanted to act, perform and be seen.

“About five years ago I realized, omo, this ‘work of my hands’ was supposed to bring me a fortune. Then I started to focus on money, and that’s where the strategy began. I became independent, active, and informed how I moved,” she wrote.

According to the ‘Flawsome’ actress, in another five years, a bit of fame and fortune found her, which made her go viral for the first time.

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“I can’t remember what the public post was about now, but that’s when I experienced ‘going viral’ for the first time. Oh, the different interpretations, many of them totally off the mark.

“Then he hit me again; Whether I realized it, liked it, signed up or not, with “fame and fortune” comes a certain level of responsibility that must guide the motion of the waves. Wisdom, not cowardice,” she added.

Patrick and Ireti Doyle

Patrick and Ireti met when the former was still a student at the University of Jos, where she was studying performing arts.

In his third year, during a strike period, he headed to Lagos to try acting. She later met Patrick at an audition where he was the producer and director of a play.

One thing led to another and they got involved after she worked for him.

They were married on December 21, 2004. Together they have six children from separate relationships.

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