For years now, these celebrities have battled so much to refute the gay rumours that have seriously been trailing them. Despite their efforts, the rumours keep escalating. The media and blogs are filled with gay rumours about these celebrities. As a matter of fact, none of the people carrying the rumours has any concrete proof that any of these celebrities are actually gay. So they are likely mere rumours.
Popular Nigerian rapper and producer, Chibuzo Nelson Azubuike popularly known as Phyno cleared the air on rumours surrounding an alleged picture of him kissing a guy at a club sometime ago, and we’re not paraphrasing what he said at all. While speaking to Tribune about it he said:
“The only thing that was in my head when I saw the picture was where did this happen. I said back then that a gangstar like me could not have been involved in something like that. The fact is that, I am not a gangstar and I don’t want people to see me in that light. I think I am too serious and cool for that kind of thing. People say I am gay. Tha’s laughable because these same people reported soem time ago that I impregnated a girl. So you can see that these things don’t work together. My life is all about entertainment, as long as the people are happy about what they read, I am happy too”.
13. Iyabo Ojo
Yoruba actress, Iyabo Ojo was called a lesbian because of her foundation called ‘S-exy Pink Ladies”. But Iyabo vehemently refuted it. She later changed the name of her foundation due to such insinuations.
She once reacted to rumours of her being a lesbian: ‘’I am not a lesbian. I have never practised lesbianism. People who know me know that Susan Peters is not a lesbian. Maybe, the speculation was because of my masculine structure. I am masculine because I used to participate in games a lot before.I played basketball, ran, played golf but I stopped at somepoint because I was developing muscles. If I goback into gym now, I will develop those muscles but I am not gay. People should stop tagging me as gay.I love the other se-x, I don’t likegay. I have female friends but I have more of male friends. I have a boyfriend mind you, not boyfriends. But I have male friends because I prefer male friends to femalefriends because they are more comfortable to be with. I am notsaying I don’t like my female friends. I have female friends but I love more of male friends. So, people should stop saying I am gay,I am a full-fledged straight woman.’’
11. Genevieve Nnaji
The story that Beninoise actress/musician, Ella Martins and Nollywood superstar, Genevieve Nnaji, are lesbians was actually broken by an online magazine last year and it created a big buzz. Though both Ella Martins and Geneiveve reportedly, swiftly reacted to squash it all but it would seem the echoes are still being heard as Ella recently evealed to Vanguard that the rumour has affected her. You became popular in Nigeria after that allegation of lesbianism between you and Genevieve. How did that little scandal affect you and your career? Yes, it has affected my emotional life, because everybody now believes I am in a relationship with Genny and my family is not happy about it. It has really affected my career and image at home
.Have you had any similar issue back home before then?I have never been tagged that before. It is something that is completely new to me. There has never been a time Iwas accused of being a lesbian. One little thinghappened about me and Genevieve Nnaji and everyone now believes I am a lesbian. It is very touching and depressing. What actually happened between you and Genny that sparked the allegation? Hmm, you know I speak more of French than English,so, it is a little hard for me to express myself fully. What happened is that Genny and I were in a club in Lagos and her phone got missing. Later, I think a paparazzi or someone got hold of it and started sharing some contents about me and Genny online. I don’t see anything abnormal in the pictures but people started talking that we must be lesbians and all. What kind of pictures are you talking about?
As normal persons and friends, we do take normal pictures at home and in other places but I don’t know why the online magazine showed Genevieve and I kissing, I am surprised and don’t know where they got those pictures from. So, you and Genevieve were never kissing each other in any pictures you took together? “We kissed, but it was nothing extraordinary, it was normal kiss between girls. I mean girls do kiss each other normally, even guys do too. When I was dating Fally Ipupa we used to kiss and now that we are separated and are good friends we still continue kissing like we used to. My fear is I receive strange calls saying that in a few days’ time they will be releasing more pictures about us.”
Yes as unbelievable as it seems to some of you the Koko Master has also being accused severally of being a part of the Rainbow Confederation. Forget the various stories D’banj has had gay rumours about him since that pesky story of him being involved in the illuminati emerged and like some others on the list his body is well built. So, are the rumours due to something he did or has done or is it an attack from the Pot Bellied Men Association of Nigeria?
Nigerian R&B singer, Banky W reacted to rumours about his s-exuality.The singer mentioned this during an interview he granted to Y! Magazine saying ‘It’s hilarious to me and completely false. I’m not. Maybe it’s because I’m not married, and I practice safe se-x and thus have no children yet.’
He started it all by himself, posting those semi Unclad selfies on Instagram. Incase you have not noticed pot bellied and flat chested Nigerian men are quick to call well muscled men who flaunt what they’ve got as gay and unfortunatelyFlavour and Iyanya fell into that trap. Flavour was rumoured to be Peter Okoye’s gay partner last year when they were pictured hanging out together. One wonders why one would be tagged gay by just hanging out and snapping with same se-x.
Kcee’s colourful attires and mix match outfit with eye popping colours has however attracted the rumours that he is gay, He has being constantly bashed on Twitter for being gay due to his choice of eye popping attire.
He’s been called gay by people but he has denied it severally. IK Ogbonna was a guest at the Pulse TV studio where he refuted the gayrumours associated with his name.The actor who turned up with his gorgeous Colombian girlfriend, described the rumours as ridiculous as he stated that he loves women with nice curves. When asked “What has been the most ridiculous rumour you ever heard about yourself?” He said: “They say IK Ogbonna is gay, Jesus Christ!!!, does this guy look gay to you? (takes off hissunglasses). When I heard that one, I couldn’t stop laughing, I am still laughing.«First and foremost, I have a foundation that won’t let me do certain things,I was reading a partof the bible with some people theother day – Leviticus 18 : 22, and God calls it an abomination. «I am not even attracted to my own self,I love myself as a person but I cant imagine to get (makes sound). Besides, my love for women is out of this horoscope, I love to feel it” He also told the NETNG in an interview where he debunked the accusations On reports that he is gay: “I disgust it even the bible does. My love for women is even so much that you must be extremely feminine for me to love you.
He was rumoured to have dated Uti Nwachukwu. He’s rumoured to be datingIK Ogbonna currently.Alexx addressed his rumoured gay affair with Uti then: Your relationship with him has been tagged a romantic one on several occasions with people insinuating that you are gay partners. How do you feel about this? It’s hilarious! Back in the days, when you have a friend who you go out with often, it was cool, people called him your best friend. Now, when they see twoguys together, people begin to have weird thoughts.You see, in this business of entertainment, what you need is someone that believes in you to grow. Uti is big, and he helped me a lot prior to now that I’m beginning to gather my momentum. He is a ‘BigBrother Africa All Stars’ Winner. You can hate him but you can’t take that away from him. A lot of these local celebrities, outside Victoria Island nobody knows them. Uti is someone who grandmothers and pepper sellers know.
We were in Ghana recently and the President of Ghana saw Uti at the Airport and recognized him. You can’t hate on success. Where do you think the rumours originated from? I don’t care and I am not bothered. Nigerians have what I call the crab mentality. Have you seen a bunch of crabs in a bucket? When one is trying to come out, the others pull it down. If these insinuations were true, by now there should be a picture to prove it. Look at most successful Nigerian entertainers, they were either tagged gay or Illuminati which I find weird.
You see some girls acting their lives away on TV and people tag them as “runs girls”. Almost every young, successful entertainer has a negative tag and it is disheartening. The word on the streets is that you both live together. Is that true? Yes we do. But is it anybody’s problem who I live with or who Uti lives with? We all know how expensive it is to live in a highbrow area in Lagos. If you have a friend who youare getting along with and you want to live with each other, is that anybody’s problem? How does this rumour affect your career? It doesn’t affect my careerbecause to me, I am just living my life. I’ve never come out to refute anything because I don’t owe anybody any explanation. It’s my life.”
Uti is seen as gay by so many people. They alleged that Alexx Ekubo his erstwhile best friend who was sharing a flat with him then, was his gay partner. They always travelled out and also attended events together then which fuelled the rumours. However, Uti took to social media, facebook and twitter warning and threatening seriously all who were spreading false rumours about his se-xuality. He said: “I am going to say this just once. All false gossip mongers about my se-uality are hereby warned. A scape goat will be chosen verysoon.
This is no threat. ”WHO GOD HAS BLESSED/ELEVATED, NO MAN CAN CURSE/BRING DOWN! ONCE THERE’S WONDERFUL NEWS ABOUT ME, THE DEVIL’S AGENTS TRY TO INTERRUPT BUT THEY ALWAYS FAIL CAUSE THEY USE LIES…CONGRATS TO THE FALSE RUMOUR MONGERS. I’LL SAY IT ONCE ..BE WARNED. VERY VERY SOON A SCAPE GOAT SHALL BE FOUND. I PRAY NONE OF MY CURRENT OR FORMER FRIENDS ARE INVOLVED CAUSE THE WRATH OF THE ALMIGHTY JEHOVAH LORD GOD OF ISRAEL WILL SPARE NO ONE…THE EGYPTIAN PLAGUE SHALL BE CHILD’S PLAY COMPARED TO WHAT IS COMING.THEY SHALL KNOW I SERVE A LIVING GOD. SAME GOD THAT HAS CROWNED ME. BABA GOD NOOONIII!! TO YOU BE ALL THE GLORY HONOUR WORSHIP ADORATION AND PRAISE FOREVER MORE! AMEN…I LOVE YOU UFC..REMAIN BLESSED”
Benson has really been rumoured to be gay. The rumour started after he played a gay character in a film. Benson had a very serious gay scandal few years back. That’s a story for another day.
His weird lifestyle also contributed to his gay rumours. Pictures of him kissing Denrele increased the rumours too. He was once quoted to have said he’s gayand the head of illuminati in Nigeria. But he later denied it and threatened to sue the newspaper that carried the news
1. Denrele Edun
Denrele is the one that is worst hit by this gay rumour. His weird lifestyle may have necessitated this rumour.He once talked about the gay rumours trailing him in an interview. Excerpt below: Is Derenle Gay? 14 Nigerian Celebrities Who Were Once Trailed By Gay & Lesbian Rumours (With Pictures) 14 But a lot of people believe you are. And to prove them right, a picture of you Charley Boy went viral on the internet recently… “I don’t read the news, I make the news.The thing is people tend to look for loopholes when they see you doing well. And since people feel I am feminine in nature, then they think I’m gay. But the truth is I don’t really care about what people say because I’m not fashioned according to what the society expects.
And also I think for my personality, if I weregay, the news would have grown from speculations and would have been in people’s face.On the part of Charley Boy and me, I was not expecting the paparazzi that came with the picture. So what was the picture about then? I really don’t want to go into details, but it could have been a controversial agenda, it could have a been a publicity stunt, it could have been the real deal and it could have been photoshopped, but whatever it was, people should just go ahead and make their conclusions.
So why is Denrele still single? I’m a hustler and I’m still trying to get myself together. When the time comes, I’ll get married definitely, but there’s no one in the picture for now. I am single. Who is your ideal woman? I like someone who would not try to change me and who would understandthe complexity that I am. I want someone simple and absolutely free and not intimidated by what I represent.(Culled from Nigerian Tribune).
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