Ibitola, ex-wife to Nollywood star, Femi Branch, has recently discloses what led to the end of their marriage.
Ibitola in a tell-all interview with Encomium says she moved out of their matrimonial home the night he beat her.
Excerpts from the interview below:
We heard that you and Femi Branch have called it quit. Is it true?
“Yes, it is.“
What actually happened?
“I came back from work that day, and he went out as well. I waited till 11 pm and I didn’t see him. I tried calling him on phone when I didn’t see him.
He complained that I was screaming, I apologised for screaming and I asked him for his whereabouts. I told him he wouldn’t have gone that long since he wasn’t on location.
All he said was that he was coming, he also said I was screaming which I apologised for again. But Femi did not come back to the house till 1 am. I was up waiting since he said he was coming.
When he came, I went to open the gate and I told his friend that I wouldn’t come down that late again if he comes back late. I was really upset. I asked his friend to warn him because of another time.
I added that he should be telling me if he would come home or not because that wasn’t his first time. The next thing Femi said was, “You dey craze.” And I replied the same way. He started bragging, “Do you know who you are talking to? I am Femi Branch,” and he descended on me and started beating me.
He was hitting me hard and his friend was trying to stop him. He left me and went upstairs and told me to meet him upstairs. His friend said I shouldn’t go, but where will I go by that time? So I went upstairs. Femi continued beating me and insulting me. His friend tried to intervene again, all these while I never raised my hands against him.
You can imagine him with his stature hitting me. His friend said I shouldn’t sleep in the house, so I followed him because he was also a married man with a kid. I slept in his house that night.“
Would that be the first time he would be beating you?
“The truth is, that was the first time. But before then, he had pushed me hard against the bed that I almost hit my head on the wall. That was two years ago.
Such things don’t happen without signs, him pushing me the first time and now beating me. It could develop into something else. I have always said I can’t stay in a marriage if the man is beating me, I know I can get killed if it continues. I have risked my life enough in that marriage so I decided to leave.“