Nollywood actress Juliana Olayode has admitted to deceiving Nigerians that she is a virgin.
The actress revealed in her new memoir titled “Rebirth,” that she lost her virginity to her married teacher at 17 which left many Nigerians in shock.
The actress had on several occasions claimed she was a virgin, and plans to keep her virginity till after she marries.
‘Toyo baby’ as she is stared in Funke Akindele’s hit series, Jenifa’s Diary, explained the reason she decided to keep the truth away from the general public.
The actress said the first time she was led to lie about her virginity, was when she was taken unawares during a live TV programme.
She explained that after that particular interview she was left with no other choice than to live with the lie.
She said: “People had assumed I was a virgin. I had never said I was but I had never corrected their assumptions either. So, I was still in that fix. Shortly after my confession, Ebony Life TV called me for an interview. I went and for the first time in my several interviews; I was asked point blank if I was a virgin. I tried to evade the question, but my interviewer was not having it.
“She demanded for a yes or no. I did not see the question coming and I lied. I said, “Yes, I am a virgin”. Immediately the interview was over, I hurried to the bathroom in the studio and cried. I felt terrible for lying and told God I was sorry.”
“I felt it was my secret and the whole world need not know about it. I was upset with myself, however, for answering her. I could have insisted I could not tell. So, I proposed never to answer such again. Easier said than done, right? Shortly after, I was on another TV interview, Crux Of The Matter, with Elsie.” She continued.
“I was invited to talk for sexual purity while the other guest spoke against. In the process of the discussion, around the time when it was heated, I was asked out of the blues again if I was a virgin. And before I knew it, I heard myself lying again. I was mad at myself. I was on another TV interview that trended for a while. It was On The Couch, with Lady Ariyike. I talked about sexual purity, but thankfully I was not asked if I was virgin. After that one, I decided to stop interviews altogether. I was tired of lying or having to dread lying if I was asked straight up.”
In the book, the actress also discusses her early struggles in life and how she was almost abused sexually.