My Wife Looks Away When Female Fans Flirt With Me – Deyemi Okanlawon

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Popular Nollywood actor Deyemi Okanlawon has revealed his wife’s reaction whenever female fans flirt with him.

According to him, she doesn’t pay attention to women who make advances towards him.

He clarified that his spouse does not even follow to him on social media.

In a recent interview with comedian Teju Babyface for the Deep Dive podcast,

Okanlawon stated:

“If look away was a person, that is my baby girl [my wife]. I remember one time I went out with friends and some lady tried to kiss me. Not once has my wife ever questioned me about female fans flirting with me.

“My wife has not being following me on social media for years. She has never followed me on social media.”

He said he never wanted to be an actor, stressing that he struggles to handle fame.

“I don’t understand fame. I have never dreamt of being an actor. If certain things had happened the way I wanted it to happen, I would never have left the cooperate world,”
 he said.

“In 2019, I quit acting. Fame is nothing, impact is everything.”

He also narrated how he nearly ended his acting career prematurely because of his wife, Damilola.

According to the actor, the reason was because his wife, “became uncomfortable” with his acting and the roles he played in movies.

Deyemi recently spoke with Teju Babyface about abandoning his corporate job and 10-year acting career.

Deyemi stated that, while his wife initially supported him in his acting career, “she became uncomfortable after a few years”.

The actor claimed he promised his wife to perform for a year, and then “gigs started coming in.”

The 44-year-old stated he stopped acting in 2019 but had to return in 2020 with his wife’s consent.

He said:

“I remember sitting my wife down. We got married in January, this was August. I sat her down and said this is what is going on. And I am scared. We talked through it and I assured her that look, we had some money here. I have invested some money over here. I am kind of good for us over one or two years,” he said.

“But I am still scared. She reminded me one night and she said ‘I have watched you shoot from 7 am to 7 am the next day and you were more alive at the end of that 24-hour shoot. This is what you obviously love to do. And I see you wake up and try to go to work dragging yourself. Maybe you should do this’. With that, I was emboldened to make that move.

“I did the first gig. The next gig came. And what I thought was going to be a year, I actually kind of said ‘babe let us try this thing for a year. So after one year, the jobs fell into the next year. It has been 10 years going into 11th.

“In the middle of the fifth year, my wife woke me up in the middle of the night and said ‘young man, this is not the deal. What is happening?’ I was like it is working.

“I have noticed for the first, second years… I asked for some time. So in 2019, I quit acting. I picked up my resume and I went back to work. I was hired as the head of marketing for Silverbird film distribution. I go back into marketing. I did not tell anybody I was not acting anymore. People call me and I just said I am not available.

“One of the reasons why I left apart from the fact that my wife was not comfortable was that it felt like something was not working. It was very frustrating. She wanted the change. I saw I needed the change. Working with one international streamer was the plan moving forward.”

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