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‘Linda Ikeji kept begging me after we broke up…I took her for granted’ – Dan Foster tells it all


Aww, what a love story!
Popular Nigerian-based American On-Air Personality Dan Foster in a new interview with Punch has opened up on his affair with top blogger Linda Ikeji, why his 16 year old son is into
drugs, and more, read below:

Do you have regrets coming down
here?
The only regret I had was that in
1999, I had a son in the US. I had to go to my dad and I told him, ‘Dad, I think
I like my job more than being married now. I would do anything for that job but
then, I just met this woman and she just had a baby for me.’ He is now 16. I
was mad at him last year. My ex sent me some of his pictures and I knew he was
doing drugs. He had everybody fooled as if he was a cool kid. I feel so guilty
because I am sitting here making all the money and I didn’t spend time with
him. You have to spend time with your kids or you would lose them. Sometimes I
would call him and he wouldn’t have anything to say. I would ask him how he was
doing and he would just say ‘fine.’ I would scold him and tell him to say
something more than one word. I would tell him to ask me questions and he would
say he didn’t know what to say.
Did you ever smoke weed?
Yes. I remember one time I smoked
weed and my father came in and asked me, ‘what is that stupid look on your
face? You must have been smoking that stupid stuff because you look so stupid!’
I never smoked it again. But I was even 18. But my son was 14 when he started
smoking weed. I was so pissed with his mum because she didn’t even know what he
was doing. Now, I am trying to get his head together and make sure he does well
in school. My only pain is that I needed to have been there for this kid. But I
have three kids now and I love them to death.
Was your absence the major reason he
did drugs?
I could have communicated more with
him. He needs a role model. I spoke to my ex’s new guy and I asked him why he
didn’t watch over him. He said he tried to talk to him. I told him I was
annoyed with them. I told him I would have watched over the kid and found out
who he was hanging out with. He told me he was hanging out with a white kid.
But he is doing better now. He is communicating with me now.
Why did you marry a Nigerian?
My father told me that my ex had
moved on. In fact, he told me then that she looked heavy. I asked what he meant
and I was told she was pregnant. I knew she had really moved on. But then, I
didn’t marry again till almost four or five years later. I was taking my time
after that. It wasn’t something I wanted to jump into. But then, I did have so
many options.
We knew you had options including
Linda Ikeji…
Oh yeah! I remember Linda asking me
what she did wrong. She went on and on. My wife always tries to delete her
number no matter how I tag it on my phone. She would always figure the number
out and she would find out what I use to code it. My wife is so strong and she
is the right woman. I love her because she didn’t know who I was when I met her
at the theatre. She still didn’t know who I was for almost two weeks after. We
just had a great conversation. My sister kept asking me how I would find
somebody that would love me for who I am. I put my wife to that test. She
didn’t know me. It was two weeks later that people in her office asked her if
she knew who her boyfriend was and they told her. She told them she didn’t know
and she hadn’t even heard me on radio.
But Linda is doing well now; don’t
you feel you should have married her?
She is a nice kid. I hope she is
able to find someone but she has to find the right person. She is really into
what she is doing. She is an honest kid. I thought I wasn’t good enough for
her. I kept asking her why me. But she was really into me. I couldn’t believe
it. I took her for granted. I felt she could always find a fine model on the
runway. But she was so really serious about me. She was in love with me. But it
didn’t work out. I took her for granted and I was dating another person while I
was dating her. I tried to keep a relationship in Abuja, another in Warri while
she was in Lagos. Ah! It was a nightmare. I wouldn’t want to go through that
again. I had three beautiful women at a time and I lost them all. They were all
waiting. One of them knew about all the rest. She could have been the one. I
hurt her so badly. She even left the country after we broke up. I felt bad. I
went to the cinema to get my head together on a Saturday morning and that was
where I met my wife. See how God works. Look at my kids. They are wonderful
children.
Do we see you going back to stay in
the US?
One day, I have to. But my family
went to the US recently. They saw my relatives. I didn’t go with them. I wish I
went with them. I am still looking forward to that day to happen. We are
hustling at the moment. We will do it at the right time. The US is a great
place but a man needs to be where he is known. This is where my job is. We
would visit and enjoy those places. I have made this place my home because my
work is so relevant to me. My job is important. The satisfaction I get when I
am working is big.
You have not mentioned anything
about your mother
My mother died when I was 10. There
was no mum around. It was just dad. I had a good relationship with my dad. In
fact, it was the best. I talk about him a lot. He is full of wisdom. He sounds
so clever. He started taking care of us when my mum died. My siblings are cool
too.
You must have fully adapted to
Nigerian system now.
I am trying. It is just that I see
fish in everything I eat. I am allergic to sea food. How can somebody put fish
in beans? It is just ridiculous.
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