Shaffie, Marya now an item
In a surprising turn of events, king of radio Shaffie Weru and Marya of Chokoza fame could be stirring things up after a secret engagement bash in Mombasa, writes CAROLINE NYANGA
Operations at a serene resort in Mombasa’s North Coast came to a near standstill on Wednesday evening when,Mayra and popular radio presenter Shaffie Weru secretly threw a party to mark their engagement.
Although the two have always been spotted together chatting during various local events, it never occurred to many that a mere chat would later culminate into a love affair.
Shaffie and Marya had booked a luxurious suite at the Sunrise Resort Apartments & Spa and were surprised to receive inquiry calls from the crew after a tip off.
Our source constantly kept this writer abreast via SMS with a blow-by-blow account of Wednesday’s happenings and this writer was able to ‘confront’ the duo with up-to-date information as the evening progressed.
Annoyed by our insistence, Shaffie caved in and agreed to talk but refused to divulge the details of their relationship. His main concern was how we had tracked them to North Coast.
The resort’s motto, ‘experience exclusive serenity’, appears to have been the couple’s priority.
TOTALLY COOL: Shaffie with Marya in a past event.
"People do fall in love sometimes and it’s inevitable. I do not understand why you have to make such a big deal of it," Shaffie insisted, challenging this writer, in his usual temperamental self, to go ahead and publish whatever we wanted.
TOTALLY COOL: Shaffie with Marya in a past event.
Shaffie has in the past been quoted in the media saying his religion allows him to marry up to four wives as long as he can cater for all of them.
However, it was Marya’s ex-boyfriend, Mustapha, who filled Pulse in on the whole story.
"Although Marya and I separated months back, I never thought it would result to this. So what’s the difference, isn’t Shaffie also Muslim?" Mustapha wondered.
"Only a few months ago, we agreed to a Pulse interview to stop public speculation, and at that point, I still believed we could sort out our domes," continued Mustapha.
A disappointed Mustapha went on to reveal that although they had problems, he was utterly shocked by Marya’s decision to opt for one of his closest friends.
"At the height of our problems, I approached Shaffie as a brother and asked him for advice. So for things to have turned out this way, I feel betrayed on two fronts."
Mustapha says he first suspected there was something brewing between the two last year in November at the Safaricom Live concert held at the KICC, but shrugged the duo’s closeness to showbiz.
He now admits he will take time off from the dating scene.
"It’s painful to discover that the two people you trusted so much could end up stabbing you in the back."Mustapha says.
Marya, on hearing that Pulse had talked to Mustapha, eventually agreed to tell her side of the story, saying:
"We have always had a good laugh with Shaffie during gigs and I find him confident and humorous."
She went on to reiterate that she did not do anything behind Mustapha’s back.
"Mustapha and I broke up, and during those trying moments I needed a shoulder to lean on and Shaffie was there for me," she explains. The Sunrise Resort in North Coast where the bash took place.
The Sunrise Resort in North Coast where the bash took place.
So, why go for another Muslim, if the first relationship collapsed on religious grounds, Pulse asked Marya. And all she could say is "Pass".
She admits that Mustapha sensed there was something special developing between the two and he confronted her about it.
"I told him that if the bird was meant for him, it would eventually come back and perch on his shoulder," Marya says.
Now, it appears that the bird, after being let free, has found somewhere to perch.
How did they manage to keep the relationship secret for so long?
"It was tricky," Marya admits. "We would see each other in various public functions. We are both in the entertainment industry so it was easy for us to hook up during concerts and look like we were there just for showbiz," Marya divulged.
She revealed the hard part was avoiding being too cosy with Shaffie to avoid raising eyebrows.
"Loving someone and pretending otherwise — in his presence — is very difficult. Just ask any girl," she quipped.
When Pulse inquired from Shaffie the fate of his long-time girlfriend Debbie Asila and his latest boo, Joan, he retorted, "That’s none of your business."
It is not clear whether the two were aware of the latest development as none of them picked our calls. Pulse can only hope that they can keep the promise to each other just as Nameless and Wahu have done.
As for Mustapha, the poor soul says he does not regret spending a single moment with Marya and declined to state whether he would attend their wedding if invited.
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