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“I Had To Sacrifice My Marriage For My Career In Nollywood” -Shaffy Bello

Actress Shaffy Bello has opened up about what led to the end of her marriage.

I sacrificed my husband and kids for my career — Shaffy Bello - Naija Times
Shaffy Bello

Bello during an interview with Chude Jideonwo in his #WithChude show shared that she split from her husband five years ago to pursue her ambition in Nollywood.

The 50-year-old mum of two said she felt boxed in by her marriage and motherhood and needed to break free. Bello who grew up in the United States said her freedom came but at a high cost.

“I wanted to spread my wings. I felt like I was pregnant and I couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were closed in and I was boxed in. I was yearning for more but didn’t realise what sacrifice will come with that,” she said.

“I paid the price of [not] having a connection with my children. Coming to Nigeria, I would stay in my room sometimes and cry, like, ‘oh my gosh, what am I doing?’ I left them. My daughter was 13 and my son was 11.

“Now mind you, I was a hands-on mother: come home, take a nap, set the table, all of that. And I mean, quit my job just to raise my children. That’s why I only had two. So when they grew up to a certain extent, I went back to work.”

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The actress said she had to sacrifice her marriage for her career in Nollywood.

“I sacrificed everything because I believe that they didn’t ask to be born. I wanted to give them everything. Leaving them was a huge sacrifice, but it turned around for good. I came back and wanted to be a Yoruba actor.

I found my calling; paid the price of divorce five years ago. He was a good man but I got to a place where I wanted more. I had to make that choice to focus on what I wanted. I’ve worked too hard and I’m sacrificing nothing.”

Shaffy Bello is one of Nollywood’s most beloved actresses, with a fan base in both the young and the old.

The actress first graced the entertainment scene when she voiced backup for Seyi Sodimu’s 1997 hit song ‘Love Me Jeje”.

She’s since gone on to star in several Yoruba and English Nollywood films and TV series including  ‘When Love Happens’, ‘Gbomo Gbomo Express’, ‘Taste of Love’, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘Elevator Baby’, ‘The Men’s Club’, ‘Your Excellence” and others.

Shaffy Bello and her kids

She’s mother to two children; a boy and a girl named Ashton Akinrimisi and Ashley Akinrimisi.

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