“My son has been an Ikeji right from birth” – Linda Ikeji breaks silence over son’s change of surname

Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji has issued a clarification over her son’s change of name.

On Tuesday, Linda was heavily dragged for giving her son, Jayce, her surname. The mother-of-one had shared an image of her six-year-old son and that of his cousin, Ryan, who is almost the same age as him on vacation.

The blogger intended for a sweet post and caption about the kids’ vacation, but fans swiftly turned things around after they noticed in her caption that she referred to her son with her last name.

Now speaking out via her Instagram story, Linda said she changed her son’s surname as he has always been an Ikeji from birth. She questioned whether she had the time or patience to change names as she made it known that the decision to retain his surname when he is older lies in his hands.

I’ve never ever had to change my son’s surname. He’s been an Ikeji right from when he was born! Where do I have the time or patience to be changing names? Changing it and keeping his surname (Ikeji) will be up to him when he ages.

Food for my Junior colleagues”.

Refreshing your memory, Linda Ikeji birthed her son in 2018 out of wedlock at the age of 37 and announced his name to the public as Jayce Jeremi. She had welcomed her son with billionaire businessman Sholaye Jeremi, who she dated on and off for 3 years. The two finally called things quit in 2017 after their relationship deteriorated.

In 2021, Linda took down his surname from her son’s Instagram bio and fully changed his surname from Jeremi to Ikeji before his 3rd birthday.

Sholaye has been rumoured to have not accepted her pregnancy and had never considered being in the boy’s life since his birth, leaving many to conclude he is a deadbeat father.

In 2022, it was rumoured that Linda was expecting another child, which had left many netizens mocking her. Unfortunately, the rumours were untrue.

Last year, former actress Caroline Hutchins blamed Linda Ikeji for partially wrecking her marriage with her malicious blog posts. In a face-off with Linda’s younger sister, Laura, during the Real Housewives of Lagos reality show, Carolinespiltd on how Linda Ikeji had a role in her divorce and alleged that Linda had dated her ex-husband and believed Caroline snatched him from her.

Setting the record straight, Linda Ikeji pointed out how Caroline always blames people for the demise of her marriage. She noted how Caroline admitted on Instagram that she blamed herself for the end of her marriage and made it known that she bears no grudge against Caroline as she doesn’t know her.

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