Celebrated sports journalist Carol Radull has — for the first time — spoken publicly about her formal split from her husband of seven years Mike Njiru.
In a candid and exclusive interview with Betty Kyallo in the Up-close with Betty Show aired on K24 Television on Friday, March 20, Radull said six out of her seven years of marriage were blissful, and that only one year — the last that preceded the separation — ruined the gains of the six-plus years of a formal union.
Radull and Njiru went separate ways four years ago.
“I was married for seven years, and the union was not bad,” Radull told Kyallo.
“It was great six years and then one year was a bit rough. But having been in the institution of marriage, it is not something you easily jump into, again,” said Radull.
The prolific radio host said she won’t speak negatively about her ex-husband in public.
“I believe he was a good man, and I was in love with him when we were married.
“However, things changed. People grow apart for whichever reason. Maybe he was just not meant to be the one. Marriage taught me a lot, and one of the key lessons is: if the relationship is not working, do not force it.”
Asked on how the divorce has affected her life, Radull said: “Had you asked me this question four years ago, when I was going through the process, I would have probably cried. People need to understand that divorces are never easy. You don’t wake up and decide this relationship is irretrievable, I’m getting a divorce. It is not a cheap decision that you would easily make. You give it a lot of thought. And, even after making the decision, the aftermath is not easy to handle. Even one year [of healing] is never enough.”
The ardent Arsenal FC fan said it is unfortunate that some people make fun of those who have gone through divorce.
“People need to understand that it actually hurts when somebody belittles divorce, and I pray people don’t have to go through it. Divorces are hard to handle, Betty, you’ve been there. Nonetheless, there is life after it [divorce].
“Beat yourself up, and if you’re lucky enough to find happiness in somebody else, maybe that was the person meant for you.”
Asked whether she is currently in a relationship that is likely to lead to marriage, again, Radull said: “Not yet. I haven’t been asked [by a potential partner], so I cannot assume I’m getting married.”