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My estranged hubby and I don’t talk, abandons only son of the union, says Yvonne Jegede

"Thankfully, I had given him a compound name, Xavier Jegede-Fawole, and I threatened that I will remove the Fawole and leave just the Jegede since I am solely raising him up"

Four years after her marriage to Olakunle Fawole crashed, actress Yvonne Jegede has finally opened up about the failed union that produced a son.

The actress was on Mercy Johnson’s cooking show where she said the father of her four-year-old son had not played any role in his upkeep.

Jegede, who said she and her ex-husband have both moved on, however, didn’t rule out any reconciliation, but was quick to say that” I’m glad I left because if I had stayed back for what people will say, I will not be happy to today.”

When asked by Mercy if they both still speak to each other, she said; “Olakunle and I don’t talk now, he doesn’t call or talk to his son.

“It is funny how we once had a solid friendship aside from the marriage but I don’t know if it all went off the radar.”

She added: “The first time he publicly accepted the son was when he was 5 months old. That was when I gave him an ultimatum that I will remove his surname once the boy turns 5.

“Thankfully, I had given him a compound name, Xavier Jegede-Fawole, and I threatened that I will remove the Fawole and leave just the Jegede since I am solely raising him up.

“He doesn’t wish him a happy birthday on his birthdays. He doesn’t call him to ask about his well-being, he just doesn’t care that he has a son somewhere.

“Your gift is in my hand yet you don’t care. You see, one moment I dread the most is for my child to wake up one day and ask where is my father and it has started happening.”

On the efforts made so far to reach out to his family, Jegede said: “One day when he asked, I had to send messages to his siblings to ask him to come and check up on him but it yielded no result.

“It was so bad that my father had to represent my son at school for a father’s day event they recently had. It was embarrassing for me but I’m waiting to see when he will show up or if he wouldn’t till the boy turns 18.”

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