Nigerians had hardly overcome the shock and grief of the sudden demise of Kennis music signed singer – Goldie, than the appearance on the scene of Andrew Harvey; a British who claimed to be married to the ex-Big Brother Africa housemate and even released photos of their wedding and time together to buttress his claims.
Andrew, an Engineer, said he had no problems with his late wife’s lifestyle, adding that he even encouraged her (to be controversial) because it is “marketable.”
On his late wife’s performance inside the BBA house, he said, “We (Goldie and I) knew the pitfalls of the show and understood the game strategy. I think she did very well, I said ‘make controversy because people love it.’”
Married to Goldie since 2005, Andrew decided to stay in the background away from the spotlight that characterized the deceased’s life due to the nature of his job and he says he has no regrets because wanted her to be happy at all times. He also added that he didn’t want to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.
Andrew said he and Goldie had dreams of growing old together and was sad that this was no longer possible.
“Goldie and I preferred this way (secrecy) because I did not want media attention because of my work. I had no disagreement with her lifestyle and I encouraged her to follow her dreams. We often joked about being together like a pair of old slippers
“I did not want her to say ‘if only’ when we were wearing those slippers. That was why I encouraged her to live her dreams,” he said.
Andrew, who is an expatriate in Nigeria, denied the widely reported news that his wife died of complications from substance abuse. He said Goldie had never been involved in hard drug.
On their long term goals together, Andrew said Goldie’s demise was very painful because they had agreed last Christmas to have children together.
Apart from their personal goals, Andrew disclosed that they had planned to set up a charity organisation which would cater for the less privileged.
“We planned to set up a Non-governmental Organisation to help the less fortunate achieve their potential,” he said.