John Fashanu‘s daughter, Amal has told her own side of the story concerning the highly publicized divorce he is going through with his estranged wife Abigail Onyewelu. Ahead of the divorce hearing which begins today, Amal spoke with Mirror about her dad’s relationship with Abigail.
Amal is the product of the 9 years marriage between John Fashanu and a Spanish model, Marisol Acuna Duenas.
She told Mirror that her father, a big Karate black belt holder was abused by Abigail.
I know he suffered domestic abuse. Dad told me she attacked him more than six times, even though he only reported it three times to the police. One attack was with a sword. Another was with a glass. He also told me she’d fritter away £2,500 ‘play money’ he gave her, then ask for more. He was stupid and senseless but he feels huge regret now and is finally happy and free of her.
Our situation has always been unusual. I call us a modern family because from a very early age I have never known Dad to stay with one woman for too long. Maybe it is because his parents split when he was young. Maybe it is because women are his weakness. He loves their company – the affection, the touching, the cooking.
Amal also recalled when she first met Abigail just after John Fashanu married her without (according to her) any family member present.
As soon as Dad walked through the door with her I knew something was wrong. He had this big lump under his left eye. It looked bruised, like he had been struck, and there was a scar I could clearly make out. I knew I couldn’t ask him about it with her in the room. He seemed on edge. Abigail seemed very reserved and kept me at arm’s length. I couldn’t see what Dad saw in her. She claims she is 48 but Dad told me she is actually several years older than him. He has stunning women of my age throwing themselves at him, yet he went for her. It was only after I heard they were splitting that he told me the truth about his eye. He said she came at him from behind with a glass and cut him after becoming increasingly jealous.[contextly_sidebar id=”uzy9mdruZLhb0sWo46mdzp0piyLFSWqw”]
He told me, ‘She was convinced I had been having an affair. All she can think is that I am sleeping with another woman – and it is not true.’ He would never raise a hand to her though. He is too respectful of women to ever harm them.
The first divorce hearing is today. John Fashanu‘s daughter Amal is a Fashion Designer and is based in London. For the full interview, go to Mirror.