Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has finally reacted to the controversy surrounding the red dress she wore for her 40th birthday photoshoot.
Mercy was caught in a storm after an Instagram user with the username Rettypetty accused fashion designer, Mariam Elisha of Rikaotobyme, of giving the actress her wedding dress.
The bride, whose real name Lawrentta Sawyer, narrated how her wedding was almost ruined by the designer she described as heartlessly wicked.
In spite of explanations by Elisha that Mercy knew nothing about what she called a mix-up in delivery, online trolls continued to hit out at the actress, who was forced to finally react on Wednesday.
“I have followed events as they unfold following a particular dress I wore for a photoshoot. First, I must say that I sincerely sympathise with the bride as this situation is painful, unfortunate and regrettably avoidable,” the Satanic actress began.
She added that she paid a stylist who got four dresses for her birthday photoshoot.
Both of them, she said, didn’t know one of the dresses belonged to someone else.
“I am embarrassed that the designer was not professional enough in handling events leading to this moment. It is also painful that a bride is made to go through what the bride has been made to go through,” she continued.
Her lawyer, she concluded, have been instructed to look into the matter for proper legal advice.
I have followed events as they unfold following a particular dress I wore for a photoshoot. First, I must say that I sincerely sympathise with the bride as this situation is painful, unfortunate and regrettably avoidable. I hired and paid Seun @styledbyseun for the photoshoot as a stylist and got four dresses for the shoot. Seun and I were unaware that one of the dresses was meant for someone else. I am embarrassed that the designer was not professional enough in handling events leading to this moment. It is also painful that a bride is made to go through what the bride has been made to go through. I have reached out to both the stylist and designer (whom I have never met nor HIRED directly) to express my displeasure. I have instructed my lawyer to look into this and see how best to approach this from a legal point of view without festering an already open wound. Thanks.
The disgraced designer had in her poor attempt at apologising said: “We would have preferred if this matter was addressed directly to us for a quick resolution and to avoid the media frenzy, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”
Claiming that the dress Mercy wore was not the bride’s she added: “Please note that both dresses were of the same style, the same colour (red) and almost the same measurement.”
Desperate to save her brand reputation, Elisha said “We have already apologised to Miss Lawrentta, but once again use the public fora to tender an unreserved apology to her and by extension to Mercy Aigbe who shouldn’t have been dragged into this.”