Betty Kyallo smiling

From Jacque Maribe to Betty Kyallo: The troubled love lives of Kenyan screen queens

The T.V landscape has been littered with media beauty after media beauty who have amazed us with their charisma, charm, and chutzpah.

Lillian Muli
Lillian Muli

They have been wonderful captains of their industry drawing us in and making the news more appealing to watch. They make even listening to news about grand corruption more bearable.

Betty Kyallo

But while many of these female stars on our screens may be excelling in their chosen professions, their love lives tell a different story.

Grace Msalame. photo credit: Sowariana

In this article, we take a look at some of the troubled relationships that some of these Kenyan screen queens have had. They are:

Esther Arunga

Her troubles started/continued after she met one Quincy Timberlake. During this period the one-time soft-spoken and very pretty anchor joined the aptly named “Finger of God” church led by a certain brother Hellon.

Arunga
Arunga

The scandals that erupted after she joined the church are the stuff of legend. She sued her parents, she quit her job, she married the very shady Quincy and then they went to live in Australia.

Last we heard of the couple, they had a lost one of their children after Quincy threw the child on the wall trying to cure him (?).

Lillian Muli

Lillian was destined to live happily ever after when she married Moses Kanene in September 2009. The wedding was a dream, with the venue being the legendary golf course Windsor Golf and Country Club in Ridgeways.

Lilian Muli wedding
Lillian Muli wedding

But that and the son they got together would most likely be the highlight of their short marriage after she filed for divorce on January 7, 2016.

Lilian Muli

Her reasons for the divorce were shocking, to say the least. That Kanene was adulterous, violent and quick-tempered.

But Lillian is not one to brood over her misfortunes moving on to a new man, wealthy Shabana FC owner Jared Nevaton. In 2018, the couple was blessed with a baby boy called Liam.

As of 2020, subtle signs are that the two might not be in the best place relationship-wise considering the cryptic messages the Citizen TV has been posting lately.

Doreen Gatwiri

The very attractive yellow yellow former Kiswahili news presenter had one of the most scandalous break-ups in 2018.

Doreen Gatwiri
Doreen Gatwiri

But she had got what many slay queens in Kenya would call the ultimate catch? Super-wealthy and super attractive Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi. She even showed off his huge pink mansion when things between the two were going well.

Doreen-Gatwiri home
Doreen-Gatwiri. photo credit: file

But things fell apart in 2018 when she alleged on her social media pages that the MP was physically abusive towards her. The MP was subsequently arrested.

Doreen Gatwiri and Gideon Mulyungi
Doreen Gatwiri and Gideon Mulyungi

She added that she reported previous incidents to police and sought medical attention from hospitals away from home for fear he would follow her. The two are no longer together.

Betty Kyallo

She got married to colleague Dennis Okari in a much-publicized wedding in late 2015 at Marula Manor. The wedding capped a long and drawn out six-year affair.

Joho, Betty and Okari
Joho, Betty and Okari

But things were not to last in matrimonial bliss as a certain flashy governor also had a place in Betty’s heart. This and allegations that Dennis was also cheating made the marriage last less than one year!

Jacque Maribe

Before Jacque Maribe became entwined in as a suspect in the Monica Kimani murder, the journalist had a high-flying career that was only matched by her stories love life.

Jacque Maribe and Jowie
Jacque Maribe and Jowie in court

Jacque had already been linked with Dennis Itumbi and Eric Omondi who would turn out to be her baby-daddy. Her last love-link was with Jowie Irungu who is the prime suspect in the Monica Kimani murder case.

As of 2020, Jacque isn’t linked to any man after she broke up with Jowie.

Grace Msalame

Grace always has a smile on her face but one thing that she might look back on fondly is the break-down of her relationship with Paul Ndichu.

Grace Msalame
Grace Msalame

The relationship produced a set of twins but it still wasn’t enough to keep the two together.

Grace Msalame twins
Grace Msalame twins

Paul is now married to Maureen Momanyi.

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