In the aftermath of gospel artist Daddy Owen’s public introduction of President William Ruto’s daughter, Charlene Ruto, to his parents, the public eye has turned to the reminiscences of his previous marriage with Farida Wambui.
The Kakamega County native, Daddy Owen, and Farida Wambui entered into matrimony on April 2, 2016, in a vibrant ceremony that captured the hearts of many.
The joyous occasion prompted congratulations from a multitude of well-wishers, including fellow artists, comedians, and prominent media personalities.
Renowned comedian Daniel Wambua Ndambuki, popularly known as Churchill, took to social media to extend his best wishes, saying, “Help me congratulate the newest couple in town, Mr & Mrs Mwatia (Daddy Owen). Hongera…Farida and Owen. Blessings kibao.”
Former NTV journalist Larry Madowo also joined the chorus of well-wishers on the same day, expressing his heartfelt wishes for Daddy Owen and Farida.
“Congratulations Daddy Owen and Mummy Owen Farida on their lovely wedding. I wish Papa Fololo and Mama Fololo every blessing possible and a lifetime of happiness,” wrote the current CNN correspondent.
Despite the initial celebrations and well-wishing, the journey of Daddy Owen and Farida Wambui took a different turn in 2021.
The couple, who had shared the joys and responsibilities of raising two children, decided to part ways, marking the end of their marital union.
After their divorce, reports went rife that Farida Wambui was having an affair with a wealthy Nakuru Tycoon
“When the story came out, I was like…oh! I wouldn’t be the person to confirm it after all. But the fact is that whether I talk about it or not, the truth will eventually come out. I wouldn’t be the one to come out and tarnish her name and if I wanted to discuss our family issues, I would have done that a long time ago. The truth is out there. It’s hard to fight it. I wish her all the best,” said Owen in a past Interview.
He added that; “We have been discussing our issues as a couple and consulting when things don’t go right. We haven’t been agreeing on everything and that is human.
However, when one wrong leads to another, you really have to get concerned and start thinking hard. When it came to that, I fell into depression and could lock myself in the house and cry, asking God why this was going on.
I stopped writing and releasing songs, as my creativity wasn’t working. I could not pray, as I felt weak inside. I contemplated doing everything wrong, even death,”.
In a legal move orchestrated through her attorneys at Amado and associates, Wambui demanded the removal of her images from Daddy Owen’s social media pages.
“Immediately expunge the names of our clients, images, and those of the minor whatsoever in all your social media platforms as well as your agents and proxies,” the letter read in parts.
Furthermore, the missive insisted on the swift return of all original academic documents belonging to Wambui.
Amidst this legal wrangling, speculations are rife concerning Daddy Owen’s alleged romantic involvement with Charlene Ruto. The rumors gained traction following an event where Daddy Owen introduced Charlene Ruto to his mother on December 23, 2023, during a visit to Kakamega County.
Photographs capturing the warm interactions between Daddy Owen, Charlene, and his mother circulated widely online, intensifying public curiosity.