“Second Wives Club’s” Veronika Obeng Talks Her Marriage Imploding In Front Of The Cameras
But the new reality star said her reality TV dream became a nightmare when while filming, she said she discovered her husband, Dr. Michael Obeng, was cheating on her with a host of women. Obeng said she’d just come home from a work trip abroad when one of her husband’s mistresses created a page about the affair and posted a number of pictures of Obeng, her estranged husband and herself. She said the alleged mistress tagged everyone they knew – her friends, employees and family, and included a picture of her husband during a trip to Singapore with naked women and drugs.
“I had a lot of negativity enter my life a week or so after shooting,” Obeng told BOSSIP exclusively. “I decided to live my truth because so many women don’t. And I thought, ‘why did I sign up for a reality TV show and not live my truth?’ – Living my truth for so many women. I refuse to be a prisoner to the camera or my situation.”
She added: “If you want to judge, or call me a gold digger, this is my truth, take it or leave it.”
Obeng said she didn’t take the infidelity lying down, and filed for divorce last summer. The case is now winding its way through the L.A. County Superior Court system, but she said it’s been tough having to see the breakdown of her marriage unfold in front of the cameras and the world.
Obeng, who grew up with six siblings on a dirt road in rural Oklahoma, said she encouraged her plastic surgeon husband to move from Ohio to Beverly Hills to start his private practice. She said all seemed well for years as they grew the practice together as she worked as his office manager.
And the way he repaid her, she said, was to cheat with random women and prostitutes. But ultimately, she said her husband’s failings in their marriage wasn’t her shame to bear.
“It was terrifying at first,” Obeng said. “I didn’t know what to share, when to share it, or how it would be received. But the more I had to deal with with the situation of my husband’s infidelity and the women on the other side of his life – the hood rats and skanks were going to tell my story, which was not what happened. So I took all of that fear and said that truth was more important than being embarrassed. Why should I be embarrassed? You cheated on me. I worked with him, I snapped back, I cleaned his house. Why would I be embarrassed that you like hookers? Why should I be ashamed of the truth?”
In the meantime, Obeng said she is devoted to her five children and is open to a second season of the critically-acclaimed show.
“I would be definitely down for a season two,” Obeng said. “A lot has transpired. It’s empowering not just for me, but to other women. Life doesn’t stop when you find out your man has been unfaithful, that’s when it gets real.”
She said she hopes viewers will understand that she wants them to “live their truth.”
“The truth is like a lion,” Obeng said. “Set it free and it’ll defend itself. That’s my motto right now.”
The Second Wives Club Airs Thursday At 9 P.M. EST On E!.