• The Marini founder has explained why she kept denying her previous lover when asked about it in public.

• Michelle said due to the relationship's nature and a lot of mistrust within it, she didn’t feel confident to publicly confirm it. 

Marini CEO Michelle Ntalami
Marini CEO Michelle Ntalami
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Marini CEO Michelle Ntalami has explained why she kept denying her previous lover when asked about it in public.

Through her Instagram page, Michelle said due to the relationship's nature and a lot of mistrust within it, she didn’t feel confident to publicly confirm it.

"I’d like to set the record straight once and for all, on a false narrative that I ‘deny’ my partners. Let me begin with accountability on my part. I’ve learnt from past mistakes with regards to this," she stated.

Michelle added that she also felt pressured to have to say what they were to the media and together with her partner, they agreed to deny each other.  She says she wishes she did things differently.

"We mutually agreed that if they ask, we’ll ‘deny.’ Something we both did in interviews, not just myself. Looking back, this is something I’d have done differently. Other issues aside at the time, I take accountability for my part in this. Since then, I resolved to do things differently."

Moving forward, Michelle said that “private but not a secret” is her policy.  She promises to be very open about her relationship.

"If I’m comfortable speaking on my dating life, I’ll answer with the truth; yes, no, or the much I can share. (e.g good friends for now, etc) If not comfortable, I’ll reserve my right to answer. Anything in between or beyond that is no one’s business," she said.

She told her fans to stop speculating she is dating anyone they see her with until she confirms.

"I have several male & masc-women friends. I request people to stop assuming we’re dating or there’s more to it, each time I’m seen with them or if we share moments online. Then when I clarify with the truth, it’s termed as a ‘denial.’ Stop. Until I confirm my relationships, drop the speculations."

She added that people should stop dragging her past into her current life.

"Let the past rest without bringing it up each time I’m seen to be happy and going about my life. And let’s give each other the space and grace to become the best version of ourselves, once we know better and do better."

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