We spotted the actress on the red carpet at the EbonyLife@4 celebration which also launched the TV series of ‘Fifty’ a movie she starred in over the weekend.
It was observed that the 50-year-old film star, who was wearing a floral sleeveless top on a long skirt, had a ’ringless’ finger. The wedding band, which was meant to be on the fourth finger of her left hand, was missing. When approached for an interview, she politely declined.
It was her first public outing since penultimate week when news of their separation first surfaced online last week. But, the estranged couple is yet to issue any statement on the matter.
When contacted on phone, she said, “I understand what you want to say. But I’m driving right now and I’m not using an earpiece. I suggest that you call me later or send me a text message containing your questions and I would respond to them.”
Her husband did not respond to enquiries when contacted.
The 15-year-old marriage, which produced six children, is said to be on the brink of collapse.
Sources close to the couple say they no longer live together.
The Tinsel star, Iretiola, has since moved into a new apartment in Anthony Village area of Lagos, living far away from her veteran broadcaster and actor husband and children.
While the reason for their break-up is still unclear, a source said Patrick and Ireti ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and have chosen to remain friends.
Talking to some of their colleagues who worked with the duo while in NTA, many expressed surprise at this development.
Although the couple had not been stepping out together, before rumours of the separation spread, not a few could have guessed that the union was troubled.
When asked why they have not been spotted together in recent times, Ireti, said: “We are both busy people and you find that, in any one given weekend, we’ve both been invited to three or four different events where all three or four people are expecting to see us so we play it smart, we share it; if you’ve seen one you’ve seen the other.”
The actors got married shortly after Patrick’s first wife passed on and have been together for over two decades.
They share six children but lost one to a sickle cell in 1999.
Ireti had her first child, a daughter named Abimbola Ozofor back in her late teens. Now a grandmother, her daughter tied the knots three years ago at a grand ceremony in Lagos.
Clipped from Premium Times