Veteran Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba has opened up on the difficulties that come with being a star and how it has affected his marriage.
Speaking with Sun newspaper, he revealed that as a celebrity, it was impossible to discern if people genuinely care about you or are simply attempting to use you.
The singer stated that, aside from those he met when he had nothing, he had to be cautious of people he met after he got famous since one cannot be assured of the motivation behind their connection.
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He bemoaned that people forget celebrities are human and want them to constantly be on their best behavior.
“Most times you don’t have the ability to know somebody that genuinely cares about you, apart from the people you knew right from the time you started, when there was nothing. As a celebrity, most of the people I meet are those who I know through my celebrity status. So, you have to be careful because you don’t know the motive people have against you.
Sometimes people see me and make nasty comments. I would just turn around and ignore it. Many times, people forget that being a celebrity doesn’t mean you are not human.
Sometimes, I might just be in a bad mood and I’m probably at an airport. I might just want to walk straight into my flight quietly and people would be calling me for photographs. And, if I fail to do that and keep walking, they will tell me to go to hell; after all, my music is not good enough. On many occasions, some (Area) boys would ask, ‘Tubaba, is there anything for the boys’ and if I give them N1,000, they’ll say ‘Tubaba, you are bigger than that’. There are also other funny comments that I try to ignore.”
Addressing his marriage with his wife, the father of seven revealed that he had to change after marriage.
According to him, he no longer works late and must now return home to his wife and children. He also stated that he no longer parties as much as he used to. 2face also stated that he was initially opposed to getting married but eventually changed his mind.
In his words;
“To be frank, I was thinking that I would not marry. There was a time I said that I was not going to get married; but once the thought came, I decided to marry the woman who has been there for me when I had nothing.
And oh, I am happier than before. At least, I am more responsible now. When I was a bachelor, I could go out and come back anytime I wanted. But now, I cannot do that again. Now, once I am done with the day’s work, I have to go back home to my wife and kids. And then, the way I party before has reduced because I am married and getting older as well. Now as a married man, I have a sense of responsibility. I now know that I need to consult my wife before doing certain things, unlike before.”
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