Lanre GentryBy Rashidat Akashat

Estranged husband to Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, Lanre Gentry, revealed in an interview with PUNCH that he still wears his wedding band.

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The hotelier businessman who recently apologised to the actress ‘for peace to reign’, denied ever acting violently with her, on Sunday.

According to him, the actress is only trying to tarnish his family’s image and should be asked why she is doing that to him.

Read excerpts below:

When asked if he regrets the marriage?

I have no regrets whatsoever. I have never regretted being with any woman. Besides, I’m still legally married to Mercy. Till I hear from her about a divorce, I believe I’m still her husband and that’s why I still wear my wedding ring at all times. Maybe you should just ask her why she is destroying my image.

What led to the messy media drama?

It was during the Easter period. We were expecting some guests and I gave her N160, 000 to prepare food and other things. But that was when she decided to go for a photo shoot. From there, she went for AY’s comedy show around 12am. It was even her publicist that told me this. I then went to her stylist’s place because I was angry. We argued but I didn’t beat her; her publicist and stylist were there that day so they can prove me wrong. I am not a violent person; as a matter of fact, whenever I’m angry, I don’t talk. I don’t even want to say much about this because it is a family issue and I want to protect my family.

And he swears yet again that he has never physically attacked her

I have never touched Mercy in my life. All what she is doing and saying is made-up. Even her face that appeared badly bruised was achieved through make-up. She knows what she is doing; she just wants to be free. She doesn’t want to be under any man.

When asked the last time he spoke with the actress?

We’ve spoken after the incident, particularly when our son, Juwon, celebrated his seventh birthday some weeks ago. He is with his mother.

When asked about his relationship with their children?

I have a very cordial relationship with my children. I love each and every one of them deeply. I cannot do without them and I think that’s why Mercy decided to deprive me of the chance of seeing my children. Though we have only one child, Juwon, together biologically; I consider Michelle, who Mercy had before we got married, as my child too because I raised her and she actually bears my surname.

About their court case:

We were in court today (Wednesday) and Mercy was asked to bring the children to court during the next sitting, which has been adjourned till August.