Gospel singer Daddy Owen and his wife Farida Wambui are allegedly living separately and headed for a bitter divorce amid claims of infidelity.
According to sources close to Mpasho.co.ke the two started living separately in November last year.
THE SOURCE WHO IS A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND HAD PREVIOUSLY REVEALED THAT FOR THREE YEARS NOW, DADDY OWEN HAS BEEN “DEPRESSED AND IT ALL CAME TO A HILT WHEN HE WAS CALLED BY A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WORKS IN A POSH HOTEL IN NAIVASHA REVEALING TO HIM THAT HE HAS JUST SEEN HIS WIFE GET ENGAGED TO A RICH TYCOON AND HE WAS WONDERING WHAT’S UP?”
Daddy Owen spoke exclusively to Mpasho, yesterday admitting that indeed he has been healing from depression since 2019.
On whether he still loves his wife, Owen said, “Why should I hate anyone. we are all human.”
“I HAVE BEEN SUPPRESSING AND THINKING THAT I WOULD BE FINE UNTILL WHEN THE SIDE EFFECTS STARTED SHOWING.”
He says he was afraid of speaking about his mental health as a man since he feared being termed as weak.
“THOSE I TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO MY PROBLEMS THOUGHT I WAS MAD OTHERS TOLD ME TO BE A MAN BUT IN THE LONG RUN, I HAD TO DIG UP THE PROBLEM AND FACE IT.”
He will be celebrating his 40th birthday this week and he says his mission is to find himself and thank God for the milestone.
“I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT SO MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN MY LIFE AND SO MANY THINGS ARE YET TO CHANGE.”
While asked what lead to him being depressed, Owen said his counsellors said depression is usually caused by things that happens around us.
“THE PROBLEM IS THAT I WAS IN DENIAL AND I WASTED A LOT OF TIME SAYING THAT I WOULD BE OKAY AS A MAN.”
Owen says his family and close friends have helped him in walking through the healing journey.
Has he been judged by the public after the alleged breakup?
Owen says he is aware that people might be judging him wrongly as a celebrity but apart from that he understands the emotional battles and through the counselling has been helping him.
Even on his DM, Owen says he has been judged.
“SOMEONE RECENTLY SENT ME A MESSAGE SAYING ‘VILE ULIKUA UMEDORMINATE KWA INDUSTRY, KWELI WATU HUISHA.’”
He says that he has learnt to have thick skin as a celebrity.
“WHEN YOU BECOME HOPELESS, YOU EVEN FEAR GETTING A PSYCHIATRIST SINCE YOU DO NOT TRUST ANYONE. THAT WAS A WRONG MOVE BUT I THANK GOD I CAME OUT AND I CAN NOW FEEL RELIEVED.”
While asked to comment on the status of his marriage, Owen declined to comment.
“I DO NOT WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT MY MARRIAGE SINCE THERE ARE CHILDREN INVOLVED.”
We reached out to his wife, Farida Wambui but when she heard the question she hung up. Subsequent attempts to get her were rebuffed.