Nigerian star Burna Boy is being accused of cheating on his girlfriend Stefflon Don after a young 23-year-old lady by the names of Jo Pearl surfaced online alleging that the two had been secretly dating for two years.
At the moment, Burna Boy is in a relationship with British rapper Stefflon Don, 28, and have been dating since early 2019 according to Pulse Nigeria.
However, Pearl has alleged that she also dated the Afrobeats star in the past two years, and they have both been in a secretive relationship for over two years now while he was with Stefflon Don.
The young lady took to social media to express her feelings of hurt in a series of Instagram videos, where she narrated the story about how she fell in love with Burna Boy before he started dating Stefflon Don.
“Two years is such a long time for a person to be hidden,” she said in the video on Instagram.
Jo Pearl added: “It has affected me in so many ways, and I can’t hold it any more to protect people that wouldn’t protect me.”
The video has gathered thousands of views with many coming out to support Pearl in her struggle for love.
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The story of how Burna Boy and Jo Pearl met
According to reports by Pulse Nigeria, Pearl says it was Burna Boy who sent her a message on Instagram about two years ago. It took her two weeks to reply because she was reluctant at first before her friends persuaded her.
She did it unwillingly, and they started talking. Burna Boy invited her for his pop-up show in the United Kingdom, which was the first time they met.
“I feel like what he made me feel like when I met him made me feel like love at first sight. He just gravitated towards me, he was very sweet,” she said.
Although she was hesitant at first because she didn’t want to date someone in the music industry, Pearl said she soon fell in love with Burna.
“His words worth his action. Not only will he tell me like he loves me, and other personal things, he actually showed me,” she also said.
Pearl also further stated that her and Burna Boy were almost inseparable as she later moved into his London home and went everywhere with him when they first started dating.
“This is somebody that wanted me around; this is somebody who I basically moved in with,” she said.
“He was a breath of fresh air,” she added.
But things took a different twist in the relationship when Burna travelled back to Nigeria in November, ahead of the busy Christmas schedule. According to Pearl, the Nigerian star often called her every day until mid-December when she couldn’t get in touch with the singer anymore for over two weeks.
He later reached out to her to say that he had been hospitalized and reassured her of his love.
“He would tell me ‘I don’t know what this is that we got going on, but I like it, you are going to be my wife, I’m going to marry you. We are going to have twins; you are my sweet Salon Jollof’,” Pearl said.
However, their relationship came to a standstill when Pearl later decided she wanted to travel to Nigeria to be with the love of her life. According to her, his people didn’t want her to come because she ‘made him unable to do anything’.
Later on, in December that year, their relationship came to an end after they both had an argument, and to Pearl’s surprise, she later started to hear reports about Burna being in a relationship with Stefflon Don.
Burna Boy and Stefflon Don’s relationship came to light in 2019
In Jan. 2019, Burna and Stefflon Don went public about their relationship after they met at one of his shows in Ghana. It was during that event that the two hit it off and later made it official after a few weeks.
Pearl said she was devastated when she learnt of Burna Boy’s relationship with the British rapper. “I literally collapsed and cried for days, probably even weeks,” she said.
“I feel like the thing that hurt me the most is that from the first day I met him, he always emphasized how much he just loved black women, African women. He made me feel so good to the point; I cut my hair just recently.
“I don’t even wear makeup to go see him, he loves my short hair, he was telling me how beautiful I am. He just truly helped boost my self-confidence in ways I didn’t think was possible and I just loved that about him.”
According to Pearl, the singer told her that he heard she had moved on with another person after their argument in December and that was why he went into the relationship with Stefflon Don.
Although he tried to reach out, Pearl said she was still hurt and didn’t speak to the singer from March to April. In May, he reached out to explain that he still loved her and they continued with their relationship.
Pearl also said she thought Burna’s relationship with the British rapper was a publicity stunt. “At that point, I thought this relationship was fake anyway. I thought, there’s no way this boy is going to date someone like that only because of the things he has told me about himself. Knowing how he is so in tune with his African heritage and black women,” Pearl said.
Pearl said they never addressed the other relationship and they resumed as usual. “For the past two years we have never stopped seeing each other,” she added.
“It’s just been like the elephant in the room that we choose not to discuss and we just go about things like it doesn’t exist. I just was in love, and I have been in love for two years, and I have been seeing him for two years; I’ve just always been in the background.”
“In the past two years, he has never mentioned the person I see him with on social media to my face. That person never gets acknowledged, it’s like she doesn’t exist in our world,” she also said.
“D, I’m just tired of protecting you,” she said, addressing Burna Boy. “I’ve got feelings too, seeing you in secret for two years has been detrimental to my mental state. It’s my choice, but you guys will never understand what it is to be in my shoes.
I didn’t do this video to hurt you. I know it will hurt you because as far as you are concerned, I and you are on good terms but I can’t do this anymore.”
“I’m not doing this for clout, I’ve been very private for two years, I’m not doing this for money because financially I have been so stable, working and having someone provide for me so I’m simply doing this because I’m about to burst and mentally I feel like I am in a bad place.”
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