Kenyan actress, Catherine Wanjiku, popularly known as Kate Actress, and her husband director Philip Karanja announced that they separated after six years of marriage.
Their separation comes after months of rumors about their relationship status. In April, both Kate and Phil denied the rumors. But they finally confirmed the split.
Speculation about their separation grew as Kate actress deleted numerous photos featuring her husband from her Instagram account, leaving only a handful. But the couple quickly moved to quash these rumours, posting a video of themselves enjoying a meal during an outdoor birthday celebration.
The couple said that they came to the decision to end their marriage a while ago but decided to keep it private. They requested everyone to respect their privacy and the privacy of their children.
“We came to a conclusion to end our marriage a long while ago and are separated. We sincerely request everyone to honor our wishes for privacy for us and our children,” they said.
Kate added; ’it was never a secret. We just kept it private. To all our dear fans, Asanteni Sana for the support over the years.
Phil on his part said they remain friends and business partners.
“Hii ni mambo ya watu wawili. But allow us to add you to the group chat kidogo so we can proceed with our lives bila story mob. Kate Actress and I remain as friends, co-parents, and business partners,” he posted on Instagram.
A trusted source disclosed to Nairobi News that Phil is living with his teenage stepson while their daughter remains with the mother.
“The boy chose to move in with his stepdad; the two share a very tight bond. They really love each other deeply. Despite the awkward situation, he cares deeply for both kids and is always there for them,” the source added.