The T.V landscape has been littered with media beauty after media beauty who have amazed us with their charisma, charm, and chutzpah.
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.
But while many of these female stars on our screens may be excelling in their chosen professions, their love lives tell a different story.
In this article, we take a look at some of the troubled relationships that some of these Kenyan screen queens have had. They are:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The very attractive yellow yellow former Kiswahili news presenter had one of the most scandalous break-ups in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
The relationship produced a set of twins but it still wasn’t enough to keep the two together.
Media personality Jacque Maribe who sired a son with Omondi took a jab at the comedian;
“Responsibility? @catewamaribe come I can’t speak. 7 years of responsibility?”
Jacque’s sister Cate went ahead to reveal that he (Eric) tried to call Maribe, while live on air.
“Eric Omondi, now you have been exposed you are calling my sister while live on air thinking she will play along,” she wrote in part.
“Umemuanika kama nguo baridi kwa fence ya sengenge (you’ve aired him on a clothesline to dry)…good job, mama. Do not use our baby to chase clout.
Baba ni ule analea si sperm donor (fathers are responsible ones, not just sperm donors). PS bado nangojea umalize kupark gari unitumie fees ya mtoto wako (I’m still waiting for you to park your car and send your son’s school fees), oh sorry, was that last year?”
Co parents Jacque Maribe and Eric Omondi gushed over their son on Sunday in a cute Instagram moment.
Jacque recalled the difficult pregnancy she had with son Zahari admitting it’s the reason she is an over protective mum.
She tagged Eric in the comment and asked him to organize a family vacation because they need it.
“One day, while in South Africa, a good friend of mine @brianbaraka told me “uko na mood swings kama za mtu ako na mimba.” We laughed but to be honest it was the hardest trip I did, I was throwing up literally all the time. But I didn’t think I could have been pregnant. Because baby’s daddy @ericomondi had said we wait a while.
Then I came back home on my birthday. @wamboshiks my childhood bff had organised rieng pale Rafikiz Langata. Even included my mother who came for me and took me to the spa for nini nini.
Were there busy throwing raos. @catewamaribe
@njeripriscathy were busy dancing and showing love. Then May 2014. See, I had gone through miscarriages. During this pregnancy every single day was a blessing. I chose 14th, and boom, this cute child of mine came.
I am very particular about my son. I am so invested in his well being. I am his mother not for the name but for his life. So many times I would have lost him during that pregnancy. So when you see me being an overly protective mum, you know. And anyone who harms my child is the devil reincarnated.”
Despite that many were enthralled and captivated by him but that feeling was to end soon after. Why? He was implicated in the death of Monica Kimani a few months later, a fact that tore away at his near-perfect image and visgae.
After spending nearly two years in remand, the man was released in 2020 and again shocked Kenyans with the news that he was married to a certain model called Eleanor Musangi.
That wasn’t all he unleashed a gospel song called “Nishikilie” that tried to showcase a different Jowie from the person we had come to know.
Eric Omondi might be a brilliant comedian, with a lot of fresh content that gets Kenyans excited but it seems that Kenyans will bring him up more for issues surrounding his personal life than that fact.
The man who has a son with Jacque and also dated model Chantal Graziano, features more in the news about his exes than for his career, something that he has resigned himself to.
In an interview I did with the comic recently Eric explained that this fact used to surprise him at first.
“I think I gave up on that. I think that it will happen forever. Initially, I used to get surprised and get angry but I realised that when Chantal is brought up Eric Omondi will always be brought up, same as Jacque Maribe.”
“So when that happens nowadays, I just usually enjoy and say that is how blogs operate. Sometimes something happens that I didn’t even know about, until I get to know when I am mentioned. Pengine hata sikua najua ilihappen. It becomes news to me.”
“It will always happen,” he maturely finished off. Listen to the star speaking below:
One of them concerned Zahari, the son that he shares with Jacque Maribe. Eric normally likes to keep a lot about his relationship with his son on the DL. I asked him what trait he would love to pass on to his son? He said that would be his never give up nature.
“Persistence. I am very persistent. I never give up. Whatever you are going for, go for it. Push and don’t stop.”
Eric was revealed to be the father of Zahari in October 2019, when Jacque Maribe shared a post of the family together. The two had come together for their son’s graduation with Maribe referring to the comedian as her son’s father putting to rest rumours that have long been going round of the child’s paternity.
“Family first. Happy graduation day Zahari. We, mum and dad @ericomondi are proud of you!” wrote Ms Maribe alongside the cute family photo.
Eric Omondi has probably been the biggest thing in Kenyan comedy the past few months. The man who is Kenya’s most-followed person on Instagram has done that largely with his antics on social media where he debuted with a new more muscular body.
The second was his popular show, Wife Material which had tongues wagging during the period that it aired. Now the man wants to launch a second season and its all steam ahead for the comedian who made his name on Churchill Show.
The comedian further said his baby mama Jacque Maribe will play the role of adviser.
“The show has different parts, like now Jacque is coming in as an adviser,” he said, adding: “What I mean is that she will be the one talking to the girls, explaining to them what Eric likes and what he does not like. She will be giving them tips on how to win my heart.”
Adding, “There will be respected couples in the show. With that, I mean people like Wahu and Nameless. There will be a pastor.” The comedian has also been hinting at Betty Kyallo being in the show.
Her photo of a mug (now deleted) written Mrs. K, with words of affirmation that she is off the market has elicited so much discourse for the murder suspect
“I have never received so many calls and texts any January of my life 🤣🤣🤣 because of a mug written Mrs. K. Hahaha aki I now believe udaku haipendi uvivu. Still taken, hehehe 🥰” said Jacque yesterday.
But it seems that people haven’t gotten the memo and she has had to plead with fans and followers to relax on the news. A few hours ago the mother of one wrote,
“All jokes aside…peace people. Yaani even distant relatives are calling. Can we just have plenty of peace and not think too much into the letter K? Could be a guy and could be a show or wait, it could be both! Or different! Or more! 2021 jamani.”
It seems that Jacque Maribe has discovered the way to get a lot of press – hint at a new love interest. The media personality stirred the pot this week when she posted an image on her Instagram page which read Mrs. K.
And Jacque is shocked, shocked I tell you! Shocked that she is receiving lots of calls and text messages after going public with information that she is taken.
On Thursday, the former Citizen TV news anchor put up a photo of a mug (now deleted) written Mrs. K, with words of affirmation that she is off the market. She also made sure to lock the comment section of the photo in question.
That post has elicited a lot of reactions from her fans and followers prompting the former Citizen TV journalist to come out with a new update.
“I have never received so many calls and texts any January of my life 🤣🤣🤣 because of a mug written Mrs. K. Hahaha aki I now believe udaku haipendi uvivu. Still taken, hehehe 🥰” said Jacque.
In an interview with True Love magazine last year, Jacque explained that she wouldn’t get back with baby daddy, Eric Omondi.
“No, that ship sailed. We will keep the friendship, but he doesn’t believe it though, to be honest. A few days ago, he made a joke and said You are single and I’m single, we were meant to be single so that one day we will get back together, but I was like No. that ship sailed.”
“I think I came to know another side of him and I keep telling him we kinder messed crossing the line because we were very good friends, from the beginning and I don’t know why we thought that maybe it could work. If we were able to collect ourselves again, I don’t think I will ever cross that line again” said Maribe.
Jacque admitted that she got pregnant shortly after she began dating Eric but was unsure about what he would do/say.
“By the time we realized that we were expecting, I was very excited. I really wanted a baby and had gone through all the motions of trying to get one. I was at a space where this was what I wanted and was genuinely actively working towards it.”
According to Maribe, at the time Eric had been juggling his career and women – something Maribe was not ready to put up with. That wouldn’t be the worst of her troubles with the father of her son, Zahari.
A woman decides the man who will get to pass his genes. She can either not sleep with a man or abort the child if she doesn’t want the child.
In Jacque’s case, she knew what she was getting into when she started dating and sleeping with Eric-It didn’t come as a shock when he acted out who he was. A man who still wasn’t ready to be a father at that time, although that publicly changed last year (lucky for Jacque)
While I might sound harsh on Jacque my reason is simple-Women should choose their husbands and fathers to their kids with wisdom-Men who will not only participate in bedroom gymnastics but also provide, protect and stick around afterwards.