Pastor Love Hammond has denied that he is no longer the legally recognized husband of award-winning gospel musician, Christiana Love.
The 9-year-old marriage between the pastor and the gospel singer has become a subject of public discussion as the two have traded allegations and counter allegations of extra marital affairs.
Though Christiana is currently not staying under the same roof with Pastor Love, with reports indicating that her family had called for a divorce, the Man of God has told NEWS-ONE that he still remains the legitimate husband of Christiana Love as recognized by both God and the law.
“When her relations brought the drink to my people that they were no longer interested in the marriage, we did not receive the drink and they sent it back. As I talk now, neither of us has gone to court to seek a divorce so technically we remain husband and wife,” Pastor Love told NEWS-ONE in an interview granted in Twi.
When Pastor Love was asked whether he still loved Christina and would solve their marriage crisis so as to remain husband and wife, this was his response: “We have three children together and as I said it has never been her wish to do this if not for her mother. I can’t say I hate her but I am still praying about the challenge and asking God where this would end. God has not told me that it is over between us so I cannot say that I am no longer interested in my wife.
“When I was about to marry her, I prayed about it and God told me that she is a very good woman but I would face some challenges in the marriage. I did not know that the challenge would be this great. It could be that after this crisis, we would become even closer than we used to and not allow people in between us. It could also mean that we would not come together again but the issue is that as at now, she is still my wife.”
He sounded a bit bitter about the challenges their marriage was going through and accused Christiana of leaving two of their three children with him to cater for them and bring them up.
“She has left two children aged 8 and 6 on me and does not care what we eat, yet she is touring Europe in the name of charity for orphans. I have had to send the children to boarding schools and this is not the best situation for them,” Pastor Love added.
In a response to allegations that he was exploiting Christiana Love and feeding on her income, Pastor Love explained that this was far from the truth.
“I am her manager and her song writer and what people do not know is that song writers and managers of musicians are the bosses of the artistes they manage. She knows this but people who are not in the music industry do not know about this. I do not cheat her and she can tell you this that she rather gains more than I do from this music we do together,” Pastor Love explained.
Meanwhile, Adom News has reported that ace gospel artiste Kwaku Gyasi has called on Christiana and Pastor Love to solve their marital problem for the sake of their children.
Kwaku Gyasi, who is a close friend to the couple, said he never suspected the extent to which his friends’ marriage had deteriorated when he was recording an album, scheduled to be released by Christmas, with Christiana Love.
Though he acknowledged that he was a little ‘immature’ in marriage compared to Christie and her husband, he believed their challenges were as a result of an attack of the devil and his demons who were constantly working against the children of God who used music to spread the gospel.
He however added that gospel artistes were not perfect and society should not demand perfection from them, noting that their challenges had mainly been as a result of fame, balancing spiritual and secular activities and the type of close association that one kept.
Kwaku Gyasi also said he feared that the divorce scandal might affect the success of their upcoming album.
Source News One Ghana