by Hauwa Gambo
Nollywood observers would know by now that, a few days ago, blogger and gossip journalist Stella Dimoko-Korkus revealed exclusively on her blog that actor (and singer?) Jim Iyke has an 11-year-old son.
He is said to have had the son with an ex-girlfriend who relocated to the United Kingdom years ago.
No stranger to controversy – from fights with bloggers to gigolo charges from Abuja ‘madams’ – Iyke was quick to counter this one.
See statement from his media manager, Mitch Mgaman, below:
“Jim Iyke is aware of the viral story currently making the headlines and wishes to state that this is not the first time that issues of this nature have arisen. Friends and fans who follow his activities closely will recall a number of occasions in the past when baseless claims of paternity and even marriage were made.
“Nonetheless, as a responsible man, he is always disposed to verify any such development(s) brought to his attention and when any satisfactory outcome has been ascertained, the general public will be duly informed without ambiguity. The only specifics at the present time is that at the age of 22yrs-23yrs old he dated for a brief period the lady at the center of the story who subsequently left Nigeria for the UK.
“There had been no contact between them ever since and by implication no linkling of the existence of a living product of that encounter. Since this is more about an innocent child than the star himself we advise caution and respect for privacy.”
So, we’re a bit confused – but yeah, there’s an innocent child involved.