Sunday, February 17, 2013

Why Goldie And I Kept Our Marriage Secret - Andrew Harvey

Barely 48 hours after pop singer, Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey, fondly known as Goldie Harvey died, controversy over her marital status continues.

Perhaps because of her music career, the late singer decided to play down her marital affairs, and the desire to participate in the Big Brother StarGame House, without her colleagues treating her as a married woman.

Andrew Leonard Harvey, a senior contract engineer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and husband of the deceased said everything that happened in the Big Brother House was a game that was long over, after the late singer was evicted.

However, the controversy over the singer’s status has gone viral ever since these fresh facts emerged, including the marriage pictures released on Goldie’s Facebook page by her husband.

Fans of the late singer have been reacting to the ensuing controversy, one of which centres on her alleged romance with Prezzo, a Kenyan rapper and one of the contenders in the BBA StarGame House. He was reported to be in Nigeria on St Valentine’s Day with an engagement ring for the late songstress.

As if that was not enough, another woman, who identified herself as Ifeoma Harvey, is claiming the late singer ‘stole’ her husband. The anonymous lady, who claimed to have two kids for Harvey, said that she was Goldie’s best friend until the deceased seduced the man into a secret wedding in Nigeria.

But the wedding pictures which Harvey posted online do not suggest any thing secret about the union. Both parents and family members were at the wedding which looked elaborate. Harvey’s dad and mum, who flew in from the United Kingdom, were attired in traditional wears during the engagement. There were also evidences of an elaborate church wedding.

Harvey almost dismissed as untrue insinuations that his late wife may have died of drug related ailment. According to him, Goldie never used drugs in the last 10 years that he knew her. They were married in 2005.

Perhaps, apart from the fact that the late singer never wore a wedding band, was part of the reasons people never took her seriously each time she mentioned casually that she was married. Harvey said, even he had not been wearing their wedding ring; adding that it was a matter of choice. “We had wedding bands and swapped them at the church wedding, they were oversize. After the wedding I was on assignment in Houston and took them for resizing. The day of leaving, all my things were stolen from my hired car and I had to delay my journey to get new passport and visa. We both agreed that as the blessed rings had been stolen, we did not want to wear unblessed rings. From there, we decided that neither of us would wear ring again.”

He said, the reason she wasn’t flaunting her marital status was their preference as husband and wife. This, they believed, would keep their private life out of public view. He noted that pictures of their wedding were not displayed in their Ikoyi home, as all the pictures and reference have been kept in the UK.

On the purported engagement ring that Prezzo was meant to give to Goldie on Valentine’s day, Harvey admitted spotting it on the internet, but said, since the Kenyan never knew about him and his marriage to Goldie, it would be difficult to accuse him of poaching: “But now he knows, the family and I would prefer he maintains a low profile and allow us to grieve our loss. The BBA game is over now,” he said curtly, adding that they had asked the ‘lover boy’ not to attend the burial. He said the family is not happy with the development, and that he thought that Prezzo should respect the wishes of her parents.

On why he is just publishing the photographs of their wedding, Harvey said it was the decision taken by him and Goldie’s family and that it was necessary for the world to know everything before the pop singer is buried.

By Akande and Adetutu Audu / The Nation NG

4 comments:

  1. How I wish RIP was Return If Possible.

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  2. May d Lord console d family

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  3. It is always good for us to be truthful to ourselves and the people around us! Because u may never knw what could happen next. "Every seconds count in our lives"

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  4. rest in peace Goddie

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