By Benjamin Njoku
…says ‘I’m not expensive’
Top Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson has again restated her claims that she is neither dating Nollywood bad boy, Jim Iyke nor her Ghanaian counterparts including Majid Michel and John Dumelo as widely speculated by her critics.
Though the leggy actress admitted having a close relationship particularly with Jim Iyke, claiming that “we have a great chemistry together.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ekerete Udoh of The Diasporan Star, an American based African tabloid newspaper, the beautiful actress maintained that there is nothing between her and the three actors.
Just last year, it was rumoured that Yvonne was having a hot romance with Jim Iyke. Given the fact that Jim Iyke is involved in a highly publicised romance with the Jamaican model, Ketura Hamilton, industry watchers expressed the fear that Yvonne was treading on dangerous path.
But dispelling the rumour, Yvonne said “I am not dating Jim Iyke and that’s the truth, but I want to confess that we have a very close relationship. We have a great chemistry together- call it some form of magic between us, especially when we act together. He is a hot guy and I like him a lot. We are always together when he comes to Ghana to act in movies and I drive him around.”
Adding, she said “when I am in Nigeria, he does the same for me. But does that mean that we are dating? The answer is no. We are great friends – the manner I am with Majid Michel, John Dumelo- these are great and hot friends of mine as well. Does it mean that I must date ever person that I have an on-screen chemistry with? People should learn to be less judgmental. There is nothing wrong about having a friendship with a co-star and not talking it to the physical level.”Also, dismissing one of the rumours that negatively impacted on personality last year, which centered on her sexual orientation, Yvonne Nelson denied being a lesbian. “I am not a lesbian,”she said, adding “ lesbianism is against my religious beliefs, it’s against my cultural norms and I think it was very mischievous for people to insinuate such about someone they hardly knew.”
“ The rumor, she continued, “started by a notorious website in Ghana last year when they reported that they had never seen me with a man. In their warped and twisted calculation, I was a lesbian. Can you imagine such crass reasoning? That they had not seen me with a man, and may have seen me with my girlfriends going out to have fun, and then automatically I was a lesbian.
It was a hatchet job – an attempt to discredit me, but they all failed. I am heterosexual and would remain one till the end. When you are in the public light as I have been blessed and privileged to be in, your life becomes a public property and some mischievous people will say all manner of things about you. It comes with the territory, so I forgive them.”Asked if she is currently dating anybody, given the fact that she was called a lesbian simply because she had not been regularly seen in the company of her boyfriend, Yvonne replied “I am not dating now-conventionally speaking, but I wouldn’t say that I am desperate for a relationship at the same time. People have asked me if I don’t think I should be considering settling down, and I tell them that I appreciate their concerns but that I am still very young. I don’t have to rush to get married because everyone is doing so. When the time comes, I will get married.
This may surprise you: I am a simple girl – very easy to date. If I go out with a date, it doesn’t cost the man money. I don’t order expensive champagne, I don’t order exotic meals. My drink of choice is orange juice. Most women would say they are looking for a chiseled man – those with perfect six-packed abs – well good luck to them.
I am not interested in macho men. I am more interested in the substance-the values and the humanity the man brings to the table than with his physical or material possessions. I work hard, so I don’t expect my man to have to slave to satisfy me. I am sure this may surprise you, because any one who looks at me – analyses the roles I play may incorrectly define me according to those roles. That is the exact opposite of what and who I am.
The screen diva claimed that she has been misunderstood in the industry, adding that “I am nothing close to the roles I play in movies.”
On the role she played in that soft-porn movie ‘Heart of Men”, featuring herself and Majid Michel where they were enmeshed in a hot romance scene, the leggy actress debunked exposing vital parts of her body. “That is why I am willing to address some of those misconceptions now. Even though it pains me to have to talk about them, but I will. People should understand that. I am an actress and I get scripts where I’m expected to interprete my role.
“As a consummate professional, I am not going to turn down those scripts because I’m expected to act in a certain manner. I am aware that some people took exception to the role I played in the movie, “Heart of Men” where there appeared to be some form of frontal nudity, but the truth of the matter is that there was no such overt display of nudity.”
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