In an exclusive interview with Linda Ikeji Blog, the first baby mama of Maje Ayida, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with estranged wife Toke Makinwa, told us the 44 year old fitness trainer has never met their son, Ajani, in person. “He has never seen Ajani in person, but that’s another story” Crystal Cunningham told us.
When asked about the nature of her relationship with Maje, she said:
“To be honest, there isn’t much to tell other than exactly what I wrote. Every year for my son’s birthday, I do a post giving thanks for his life. It may seem new on your end as you guys are now knowing about me but on my end the reality has always been that I am a single parent. It’s never been a secret…at least not from where I stand. I proudly take care of my little boy. He gives me so much strength and motivation to achieve and accomplish so much.
“With respect to Maje, maybe you should ask him, what’s the nature of his relationship with his son. For me it’s very sad and disappointing that people will take liberty in commenting about me and casting judgement without even knowing my story. I work so hard, long hours, weekends even, to make sure that my son has the best of everything, particularly education. And it has been like that for the past 6 years.
“Of course there are challenging times but God keeps blessing me with all these amazing opportunities each year so thankfully so we live good.
“With respect to the nature of my relationship with Maje…there is nothing to discuss really and there are some things I will not discuss out of respect for my son as he will grow older some day and may very well read these articles/stories. I’m not here to make bad for anyone, not even Maje, despite his absence from our son’s life
“If that were the case, then I would have exposed the situation many years ago when he chose to abandon a lot of his responsibilities. Instead, I chose to do what any responsible parent would do and continued to focus on my career. I transitioned from modeling internationally into full time radio and television.”
When LIB inquired about Maje’s relationship with his son, Crystal, said they only communicate via Skype (video call). Although he occasionally reached out over the past 6 years and occasionally supported financially, he has been reaching out more often in recent times.
“Maje contacted us on Saturday for Ajani’s birthday right after i made a post about it on Instagram. He is only now reaching out more because of the media attention.”
Now Maje recently filed a N100million lawsuit against his ex wife, Toke Makinwa for her explosive tell all book “On Becoming”, which narrates her sour relationship with him. He also demanded that the proceeds to go to four charities which will be nominated by him. Indirectly addressing this, Crystal said:
“I think it’s very unfair of Maje to be suing someone for money…to donate to charity …when charity begins at home…with your own…smh”
LIB reached out to Maje and he made it clear that his personal life is off limits. He however said he was in touch with them.