[Akothee, Courtesy]

Flamboyant singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, has opened up regarding the struggles she goes through as a public figure. Taking to social media, the mother of five revealed that she is always uneasy when she is noticed in public.

According to her, events from the past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans. In a post shared on Instagram, Akothee further indicated that being in the limelight might not be as glamorous as most people believe.

Referring to her experience, Akothee likened herself to ‘damaged goods’

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken soo many times. I am a moving damaged good,” she wrote in part.

“I have realised that I have become very sensitive that I don't even want to leave my house. I don't like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

The singer went on to narrate how on several occasions she has been forced to run away from her fans. According to her, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions.

“On several occasions, I have found myself running away from fans who maybe innocently, are coming to say hello to me with love since most of the ones who really made an effort to come show me their love and how much they adore me turned into upgraded professional haters without me doing anything to them,” she said.

Revealing that she has had to learn this the hard way, Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans in person to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house.

“My life is very hard as a public figure and entrepreneur, I have met real haters live at the supermarkets, banks, and service areas, airport, my place of work…don't think everyone loves me, I am not ice cream, but then again just leave me alone,it's not what you think, the love and hate come in equal measures. I get traumatized before leaving my house or jumping out of my car…I already feel attacked even where there is nobody,” she added.