Willy Paul: How sexual scandals drove me into depression
Kenyan singer Willy Paul has reveals that he fell into depression following false accusations of sexual assault in the past that saw him lose many business deals.
In a recent interview, the former gospel singer said he has been going through a rough patch in life which drove him into depression.
“I was depressed for some time. Even at the moment, I’m still working on it. I’m still going through something, but I’m working on it, and it will all be okay,” he said.
He, however, expressed his gratitude for how his life has had a turnaround after things started looking up for him.
“God made a way for me. I had reached my limit and hit the wall but God made a way for me because everything that I had lost at the time came back,” he said.
Last year, Willy Paul made headlines following accusations of sexual assault made by singer Bahati’s wife Diana B and Miss P, with the latter, in an interview, accusing him of being predatory.
Willy Paul would go to court and got an order to have the viral video interview pulled down. The singer later addressed the sexual assault claims.
“A few months ago, a lady whom I deeply loved claimed that I sexually assaulted her because of the differences we had regarding some work we’re doing together at the studio. That was the first stone that managed to break my thick skin. I felt betrayed I suffered depression and I am still under medication. I feel vulnerable. The matter is active in court and I cannot comment on it any further.”
The singer was later also accused of attempted rape by Diana Marua who claimed that he kidnaped her, locked her in his car, restrained and choked her while he sexually assaulted her.
These accusations, according to Willy Paul damaged his reputation and integrity as an artiste, which had a ripple effect on his career which he claimed started deteriorating after the allegations.
But now the controversial musician appears determined to put all those episodes behind him. To get things in motion, he recently launched his own matatu business. In an Instagram post, the singer shared a photo of his new van with the caption: “Swipe to see my new van… my new business. To God be the Glory… its open for hire… classy thing fam… contact @saldido_international for hire.”
In another interview with Mungai Eve, the singer said he had never pictured himself owning a matatu business but it was one of the several business ideas he took into consideration after consultation.
“I have never had a plan to own a matatu or matatus. We have three so far, and one is private. We took the design of a matatu and applied it but it’s for hire. I had many ideas for business, but one of the ones I settled on was this matatu business,” he said.