Celebrity marriage crash: Divorce and cases of separation in the entertainment industry always make news headlines and trend for a long time on social media. Some celebrity marriages, which are often staged amidst pomp, tend to crash as fast as they are contracted. In 2017, it was not any different. While some celebrity marriages have stood the test of time, others were not so lucky in this regard. Premium Times have complied the top 5 celebrity marriage scandals and breakups of 2017 that got people talking all year long.
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1. Mercy Ayigbe and Lanre Gentry
When in April news broke that the marriage of star actress, Mercy Aigbe to Lanre Gentry was about to hit the rocks, even with her pictures showing her battered face all over the blogosphere, many people hoped that it was a publicity stunt.
A fight between the couple allegedly led to her bleeding, a situation which informed Mercy’s decision to storm the office of the Lagos State Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Commissioner, Lola Akande, to report the matter.
Mr. Gentry was subsequently remanded in Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos. The 52-year-old hotelier finally appeared in court after failing to show up twice. He was then remanded in prison until he met the bail demands of N500, 000 and two sureties who reside in Lagos and have landed properties.
He was granted bail after he was arraigned at an Ikeja magistrate court on a three-count charge of domestic violence, assault and threat to life.
The couple were married for seven years and the union produced a son. While it was Mercy’s second marriage, it was Gentry’s third marriage.
The actress who had accused her husband of physical violence, which she said affected her sight, and caused her to bleed internally for over three weeks, disclosed their separation in a tell-it-all interview with BroadwayTV.