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Exclusive: Jacque Maribe responds to claims of being on suicide watch, heavy drinking

By Winnie Mabel September 23rd, 2022 3 min read

Media personality Jacque Maribe has responded to claims making rounds on social media that she is depressed, is drinking heavily and has been placed on suicide watch.

Speaking exclusively to Nairobi News on September 22, 2022, the TV queen said that she never pays attention to blogs looking for traction using her name just to get more likes and clicks.

“Suicide watch? Depression? By who? When? Why? I don’t even drink. I’m happy and healthy,” she said.

Ms Maribe added, “But ni life, sasa watu wakitaka clicks tufanye? (But it is life, if people want clicks, what do we do?).”

She also revealed that no one in her family reads such malicious posts and so they are not worried about her wellbeing.

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Rumours of Ms Maribe’s dwindling health and macabre thoughts began when a blog published an article on social media alleging that the former media personality was not doing well.

The same article was aggregated by several other blog sites.

She took to her social media to trash the reports. Tagging her big sister, Cate Maribe, she wrote, “Are we done laughing at fake blog posts and expert commentators? We hydrate and mind our business and such deliveries.”

Ms Maribe shared a photo of gifts delivered to her – wine and flowers – adding, “Then we sue said bloggers we continue soft life, good vibes and Inshallah.”

Jacque Maribe's statement on her Instagram Stories
Jacque Maribe’s statement on her Instagram Stories. PHOTO | COURTESY

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This month, Ms Maribe also alluded to the fact that she was not feeling well but her family came through for her.

On September 6, 2022, she thanked her sister, Cate, and her family for being her support system.

“My sister, Carole Maribe, may you have the abundance of grace you have shown me while unwell. May I repay your kindness? Thank you. Mum was panicking, dad of coming, all the friends who checked in,” Ms Maribe wrote on Instagram.

Jacque Maribe and her former Girl Squad
Jacque Maribe and her former Girl Squad. Photo: Instagram

According to a source who spoke to Nairobi News, Ms Maribe rarely hangs out with members of the defunct girl squad as she has a new set of friends that she goes out with.

This clique had members including Kirigo Ngarua, Shix Kapienga, Terryanne Chebet and Monica Kiragu. All the ladies once worked at Royal Media Services where their friendship was founded. Kiragu still works there.

“Of late Jacque has also not been looking like herself, she has lost a lot of weight. Her family is now her core support system,” added a source that spoke to Nairobi News.

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The high-flying journalist was at the peak of her career when it all came crashing down after being implicated in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

Back in July the public and the court got to learn that Ms Maribe was hospitalised through her lawyer, Prof Hassan Nandwa.

The High Court in Nairobi through Judge Grace Nzioka postponed the hearing of Kimani’s murder case after Ms Maribe, fell sick.

This is after her defence lawyers said she could not attend the court proceedings because of an illness.

The court heard that she was hospitalized at Imenti Medical Centre in Nairobi and she was being observed by doctors.

“She has been appearing in court without fail and has been traumatized by this case as indicated earlier. Give her a benefit of the doubt,” said defence lawyer Prof Hassan Nandwa.

The case prosecutor, Wangui Gichuhi, wanted the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Ms Maribe on grounds that the details about the said illness were scanty.

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