Nollywood curvy actress, Mercy Johnson, who is currently married to husband, Obi Amuku, has opened up on her marriage as well as the challenges they both faced on their way to the altar and how they have been able to manage their love lives.
The couple who got married in 2011, August 27 at the Christ Embassy church at Ikeja, Lagos, are blessed with three kids.
Mercy also said she had to stop some roles in movies because her husband was not comfortable with romantic scenes.
“He wasn’t comfortable with the romantic scenes. I stopped taking up such roles in 2009 when I realized we were getting serious and headed for marriage. I was so in love with him that I started adjusting my lifestyle and personality to suit him. He is enlightened and well-travelled. He understands the demands of my job and has no problems with my career. He simply gives me space to fly”.
The actress said she made sacrifices in order to keep her marriage.
She also said she went extra-miles to learn her husband’s language before they got married and always ready to let go of anything that may affect her marriage.
“A lot of people asked me this question when I was getting married but at that point in my life, there was nothing too big to let go, even now. I am willing to let go of everything to be with him and be happy. I am not in competition with anybody. I want to be married, I want to be with a man, just the way God has asked it be. I don’t want to take his role as a helper.
“He is an introvert and can stay at home all day when he isn’t working but I am the extrovert and we complement each other perfectly.
“I learnt how to speak his language, Ishan, in less than a year. It wasn’t difficult for me because I was crazy about him. I bought CDS and Ishan literature and my husband also spoke the language to me whether I understood or not. I also wanted to be part of the discussions as well. It didn’t take me up to five months and I already knew the basics before we wedded.
“Also, I cut down on my nude dresses. He made me understand that with age, you have to let go of certain things because life is a phase”.
When asked what she does to keep her love life still sparking after three children, she said;
“I buy funny cards, which I slip into his pockets, and then he would jokingly remind me about the fact that I have two children. I also dress skimpily in bum shorts and parade in the room whenever he is around” she added.
Responding to what she dislikes about her husband, she said, “My husband is too truthful and that gets me upset sometimes. He doesn’t pretend at all”.
The adorable mother of three said marriage has taught her patience and it has changed everything about her.
“This is a brand new me. It is possible that my husband attends a party and my movie is being shown. I have to do things that represent him well at all times.
“My husband and children are top on my priority list at the moment and acting is secondary. I would let go of everything for them”.