Tuesday, 22 August 2017
I almost committed suicide – Odartey Lamptey

I almost committed suicide – Odartey Lamptey

By Daniel ODURO
FORMER Ghana international, Nii Odartey Lamptey, has admitted for the first time that he considered committing suicide when he found out that he was not the biological father of the three children he had with his ex-wife Gloria Appiah.

Odartey has been speaking up about the trauma and emotional turmoil he had to endure after a court in Accra finally granted him divorce from his now estranged wife and also ruled that Gloria Appiah would not have a 50% share in Odartey’s properties.
Odartey ex-wife had prayed the court to grant her part share in the properties they acquired together during their 21 years marriage.
But Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey, who presided over the case put finality to the winding legal battle on Wednesday, June 14, also ordered the estranged wife to vacate the footballer's plush 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon within 30 days.
Odartey Lamptey’s marriage to Gloria Appiah hit the rocks about three years ago when DNA results revealed that the then 42-year-old never fathered any of his three children after 21-years of marriage.
It was a chilling expose which become a subject of national and global interest and set in motion a series of events that would eventually lead to a dramatic end to once lively marriage.
Speaking to the press after the court verdict, the ex football star said but for God he would have ended his life in the heat of the storm.
“When I was informed that the three children were not mine, I know how I felt. Playing the role of a father to children I thought were mine for 21 years and realising otherwise later, I nearly committed suicide. God gave me renewed energy and courage to withstand these pains and today, I can say I have gotten over them all.
“And today, with the final judgment, I thank God that my properties, my school and others I have kept them. She can take the little awarded her. Today the divorce has been granted and that burden that was on me is gone. Now, I’m a free and happy man, ready to start life again.
"Though I’ve lost a few properties, I’m very content that at the end of this case, I have retained most of them and I’m still alive too," he told Starrsportsgh.com.

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