Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, who celebrated his 60th birthday during the week, has said that he has been able to navigate some issues in public life because he does not see himself as a celebrity.
Speaking during an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, RMD said, â€œThere was a time when I was in Delta State, I had a serious accident. My car flipped and I was in the hospital. It was the governor that called my wife to come. Apparently, it had been reported that when I had the accident, there was a woman and a baby in the car. But there I was, I didnâ€™t know what had been written. But, my wife had read it, so when she came (to the hospital), she wasnâ€™t too sure.
â€œLater on, we were on holiday in America and she said, â€˜Didnâ€™t you know what they wroteâ€™? She told me that when the accident happened, it was reported that I was carrying baby things and hiding them.
â€œThere was also a story of me having another young wife in Lagos and that I would leave my wife soon. It is really difficult sometimes for her to navigate through all of this. This is the age of social media.
â€œThere are people who look at one without any regard for the sanctity of oneâ€™s marriage or oneâ€™s home. All they want to do is tear one down. They write things like, â€˜He is in love with somebody else. He is going to leave his wife tomorrowâ€™. How do you even wake up and do that? What have I done to you? Why do people like to see celebrity marriages crash? What has helped is that I never really see myself as a celebrity.
â€œMy marriage is not a celebrity marriage. There are times when I have been told, â€˜We will pay to interview you and your wifeâ€™. I often tell them, â€˜Sorry, she has more sense than me, she will not do this for all the money (in the world). I am sorry, if you cannot have me alone, then itâ€™s fine. But be rest assured that she is goodâ€™.â€