Nigerian actress Olawunmi Toriola has opened up about the end of her marriage, breaking the silence on Tuesday through her Instagram page.
Addressing the swirling rumors surrounding her relationship, the 34-year-old confirmed that indeed, her marriage had come to an end. In a candid revelation, Toriola disclosed that the separation occurred over a year ago, opting to keep the matter private without causing unnecessary drama for her fans.
However, what prompted her public statement was the recent media attention on alleged violent behavior. Toriola emphatically denied these claims, specifically addressing accusations of violence towards her mother-in-law. She clarified, “For the record, I am not a violent person. I have not had to exchange punches with anyone, and I was never violent in the marriage.”
Expressing deep distress over false reports suggesting she mistreated her mother, Toriola vehemently rejected such allegations, considering them not only a personal attack but also “satanic” and contrary to her values.
Stressing her cultural background as a properly raised Yoruba lady, Toriola emphasized the gravity of laying hands on a parent. She asserted that she never raised her hands against her mother-in-law, and both families, as well as neighbors, can vouch for her non-violent nature.
Concluding her statement, Toriola focused on moving forward, expressing resilience and determination for the “next level.” She urged others to follow suit and advised against dwelling on the past, wishing those behind the rumors well and leaving the matter in God’s hands.
She said, “There has been a lot of media attention on me lately regarding my marriage.
“Yes, it is true the marriage is over. We have gone out separate ways for over a year now. It didn’t work out, there was no need for drama hence my reason for not letting my fans know.
“But yesterday I saw a report where it was alleged that I was violent while the marriage lasted, and I used to beat my mother and my mother-in-law. It was reported that my ex allegedly concocted these lies.
“For the record, I am not a violent person. I have not had to exchange punches with anyone and I was never violent in the marriage.
“The most painful part of the report is that I used to beat my mother. This is not only a personal attack, it is satanic. It is against everything I stand for and believe.
“As a properly raised Yoruba lady, it is costly to lay your hands on your parent. As a matter of fact, my mum has been late for over 20 years. And I never raised my hands against my mother-in-law, it never happened, and it will never happen. My family members, my ex’s family members, and our neighbors can testify to that.
“I wish those who started the rumour and those spreading it well, and pray that God rewards every one of us according to the works of our hands.
“As for me, I am focused on the next level, and I have moved on from the past. I advise everyone else to do the same.”