Hostility and fury as Primrose's marriage heads for splitsville
BEAUTY Queen and entrepreneur Primrose Moloantoa's union to Nigerian businessman Christopher Mbanefo has slipped off the ramp.
This after the 33-year-old former face of L'Oreal in Africa accused him of cheating on her with different women.
The former model and Mbanefo were married in 2008 after dating for more than three years.
The couple has two kids aged five and two years old.
Several insiders spoke to Sunday World about the situation on condition of anonymity.
One family friend says the two are involved in an acrimonious battle and are considering ending their marriage, and that they are already living apart.
"Primrose is staying at their Morningside house while Mbanefo has moved to their Midrand house," says the source.
Another insider says the marriage started showing cracks when Moloantoa kicked up a fuss about relocating to Nigeria.
"They had agreed that she would move to Nigeria after giving birth to their second child but she started playing tricks to avoid going to Nigeria," says the friend.
A third friend of Moloantoa says Mbanefo is so aggrieved at the turn of events that he has demanded that she pay him back more than R2m, which he claims to have loaned her during their union.
"He claims he loaned her the money in instalments. He says he lent her R125000 when she wanted to buy her mother a car.
"He also says he gave her about R1,3m to buy the property from which she operates her business.
"He says she also borrowed R150000 to buy hair products from China and another R130000 to package the hair products and design a logo for her business," says the friend.
"He wants back the R280000 that he says she borrowed to pay the suppliers of the product... and another R180000."
He allegedly wants the money to be paid with 15% interest.
But Moloantoa allegedly denies owing him money. She argues that he offered to start a business for her from his own pocket.
"She says he forced her to quit modelling and being the fashion editor for OMagazine and promised to fund her business," says the first friend.
After she accused him of cheating on her, Mbanefo allegedly counter-claimed that she was neglecting her responsibility as a wife and mother.
He allegedly complained to his friends that she spent more time clubbing than staying home.
"He says she goes to nightclubs almost every weekend and switches her phone off while at it," says the second informant.
"Their fight is so bad he's demanded that she return the Porsche Carrera S he bought her as a birthday present in 2008."
This source says Moloantoa has given Mbanefo an ultimatum and has threatened to file for divorce and claim child maintenance of more than R20000 a month.
Moloantoa refuses to comment, saying that "divorce proceedings have been instituted and I therefore cannot speak to the press".
Mbanefo could not be reached for comment.
A LITANY OF BREAK-UPS
Other South African celebrities who were married to foreigners but ended their matrimony include:
- Metro FM midday show host Azania Ndoro, who divorced her TV presenter hubby Tony Ndoro early this year. They had been married for six years and have one child together.
- Singer Sharon D pulled the plug on her marriage to former Zimbabwean soccer star Peter Ndlovu in 2008 after being married for over a decade. All that's left of this ex-couple is a bitter papgeldwar involving two children.
- Award-winning gospel singer Deborah Fraser's widely publicised marriage to Nigerian pastor Sockey Okeke hit turbulent waters hardly a year after the couple got married in a traditional wedding ceremony last year.
- In 2009 Penny Lebyane and her Zimbabwean businessman hubby dissolved their union after her mother chased him away from his house. The couple has two children together.
- Actress Tina Jaxa and her music promoter Prosper Mkwaiwa's marriage was terminated in 2004. They have two kids.
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