Ghana defender John Paintsil has launched an astonishing public attack on Henrietta, the ex-wife of John Mensah, warning her to stay away from his marriage.
The South Africa-based right-back says recent media reports that Richlove Paintsil is seeking a divorce from Paintsil was concocted by Henrietta who is instigating his wife to follow in her footsteps of divorcing her husband.
Henrietta and ex-Ghana captain John Mensah divorced this year after a bitter battle.
It was reported last week that Richlove had filed for divorce, but John Paintsil refused to sign the court papers which brought into sharp focus the menace of Ghanaian footballers’ wives ditching or betraying their husbands.
Paintsil says Richlove, who is a close friend of Henrietta, knows nothing about the publication and insists that Mensah’s ex-wife is trying to sow seeds of discord for his family.
“I think my wife knows nothing about the publication which came out; because I have called her and she told me it is rather Mrs. Mensah ex-wife of John Mensah who sent the story to the media,” John Paintsil told Metro FM.
“If she and her husband have divorced, that doesn’t mean she should force my wife to do the same.”
The Ghanaian defender warned Henrietta to stay away from his marriage as he or his wife are not on a verge of divorce even though there are issues in the marriage.
“I am therefore advising her to stay away from my family for us to enjoy our freedom, because there is nothing like divorce on our minds,” Paintsil told Metro FM.
“If there are any issues I need to sort out with my wife, it should be out of court or media because we never got married in the court room, but rather it should be solved at home, he said.”
Meanwhile, Henrietta has expressed shock at the allegations being levelled against her by Painstil.
In a telephone interview with ‘Daily Guide Sports’ yesterday, she said, “I was surprised when I heard my name in the Paintsils’ issue. Honestly, we are friends but I can say for a fact that I am innocent in this matter.
“I can understand where Painstil is coming from. His wife and myself are friends including he, John himself, but the fact that we are friends does not make me an influence in their marital issue.
“Paintsil knows my number and I expected that he would have called at least to cross-check from me. I was very surprised when somebody told me about Painstil’s false accusation in the media,” she added.
A growing number of Ghanaian players are having serious marital problems with over 8 divorced while Nii Odartey Lamptey discovered through a DNA test that all his three children were not biologically his.