When Mercy Aigbe let her fans and the public know that she had
suffered from domestic violence multiple times in her marriage, the entire country assumed she will never get back together with her husband, Lanre Gentry. However, recent reports seem to indicate that the popular Nigerian actress may have forgiven her abuser. This has left so many people wondering how and why Mercy Aigbe and her husband got back together.
MERCY AIGBE MARRIAGE AND PRIVATE LIFE
Mercy Aigbe Gentry is best known in Nigeria for her roles in Yoruba movies. She has been married to Lanre Gentry, a Nigerian hotelier, since 2013; the couple has two children – a daughter and a son, as well as three other adoptive children. For a long time the media outlets were not aware of their marriage problems, however, a few years ago Mercy broke the Internet with photos and videos which showed how her husband had beaten her up severally. The shots which showed her with blood and bruises all over her face were posted after her husband told the media that rumors about him beating up his wife were false.
After it got to public notice that Lanre Gentry was an abusive husband, he was legally charged for his actions and even got sent to prison, and the actress finally decided to break up with him. She also reached out to Nigerian women who are being abused by their family members and subjected to violence to speak out, adding that only cowards hit women and real men never do this; she was obviously also referring to her ex-husband who had acted violently towards her on multiple occasions. She also asked the women who are stuck in abusive relationships to get out of them as soon as possible.
HOW DID MERCY COPE WITH THE BREAKUP?
After the difficult decision to break up with the man who physically abused her during their time together, Mercy showed the world that she was doing fine on her own. She opened up to the public about her unfortunate marriage and became an advocate of human rights on domestic violence matters, publicly advising domestic abusers to opt out rather than hurt their partners.
She received treatment abroad in the United Kingdom and started spending more time with her children judging from photos she shared on Instagram. She also put a lot of effort and work into her own boutique, and shared a lot of photos where she seemed happy and content with life.
Mercy opened up about her marriage in an interview with Broadway Africa, disclosing to the public that she did not really want to dump her husband, and that she only shared the shots and videos of domestic violence in order to seek help for him. She added that she was patient with all the beating because she wanted to be a role model for her fans and children; however, the last time he hit her was so brutal that she finally packed her belongings and left. She also confessed that she forgives her husband everytime he hits her because he begs her forgiveness, promising to change for the better. However, every time she believes him and forgives his wrongdoings, the beating continues.
During the time of their separation, her husband tried to convince the media that Mercy has been telling lies in order to make money and that he has done nothing wrong. He also sent threatening messages to one of the actress’ friends, Lege Miami, whom the media reported had an affair with Mercy. Miami however denied these rumors and said he was being falsely accused, adding that he and Mercy are just good friends.
DID MERCY AIGBE AND LANRE GENTRY RECONCILE?
After months of trying to beg for Mercy’s forgiveness privately, Lanre Gentry wrote a long post on his Instagram, admitting the bad things he did and claiming he was tired of all the drama and just wants to get back with his wife. He also confessed his love for Mercy and publicly asked her to forgive him and believe that he will become a better husband and person from then on.
Some media sources claim that Mercy has forgiven her husband and returned to him, and Gentry himself confirmed that his wife has returned and he is happy. However, the actress shut down these rumors, saying that she is still waiting on the court case against him for abusing her.
So, is the media right? Will Mercy and Lanre ever get back together, or will she never forgive him for abusing her? Only time will tell.