by Chi Ibe
They say long distance relationships is not for the fearful but for Puerto Rico based American Kenny Rodriguez, being married to actress Uche Jumbo is nothing to be afraid of.
“I don’t consider it long distance because whenever she has nothing doing as regards film production in Nigeria; she is definitely with me,” he was recently quoted during his visit to Nigeria to attend his wife’s movie premier of ‘My Life My Damage.’
Rodriguez who for the first time spoke publicly about his marriage which happened in a very private ceremony described Jumbo as beautiful, gorgeous, loving, caring, amiable and a good cook. He said her smiles is what keeps him going. “I’m always happy whenever she is around me.”
On how the union came to be, Rodriguez said:
“It was really fun because we got to know each other through a friend who happens to be a business partner but it took some few months and persuasion before she finally agreed to marry me because I told her point-blank that I want to marry her and all. She paused and never said anything. Then there was this time we both went on jet skiing, one thing led to another and she said she was going to kill me because it took a little distance before we could get to the boat; so I told her if you want to kill me then marry me because that will make it a bit easier and the rest is history now.”
“Let me just say we are both lucky to have each other. Uche is not just an actress, she doubles as my better half, I don’t want to use the word lucky because we both liked and loved each other and also saw that we could strengthen our affair so we got married which we both are happy about. ”
On if he was comfortable with his better half playing sexy scenes on camera, Rodriguez had not entered the union blindfolded. “I understand her profession before we got married so if a role demands her to go nasty; it now lies in her hand to choose whether to pick up the role or not after reading through the script. I know her for something that she is usually selective when it comes to movie roles and that is why you see her go extra miles in her own personal efforts. I know she understand the roles that is suitable for her.”