• Gospel star thanks God for protecting her, saying she 'could have died' in the union
Tanzanian gospel artiste Martha Mwaipaja has confirmed that she and her husband separated over what she termed betrayal.
She said this in an interview with fellow singer Christina Shusho.
"I separated with my husband like two years ago. I am not there to try, I have already decided and people cannot be together if they don't understand each other," she said.
"Many married people nowadays are just living and not understanding each other. You will later find yourself giving birth to kids who don't have grace."
Asked whether it's separation or complete divorce, she said, "I don't have the time to just separate. We have lived together for so many years, and if you see that you are going to fall into a pit, there is no time to give each other time. That's where you decide. I have done my decision. "
The two were blessed with a child, whom Mwaipaja says she has been taking care of since they parted ways
"I was the one who got myself in and also got myself out. Anyone who knows that person will clap for me, but whoever doesn't know him will point fingers at me," she said.
"I could have died. I thank God for protecting me from death and betrayal. He was a man of God and the churches he had have all been closed. If it's not God, people might have buried me by now."
The "Naiona Kesho" and "Nifundishe Kunyamaza" hitmaker says the making of these two songs was when she was at her lowest.
"A time reaches when you wish you could die or get lost, but when those words came to me, I was filled with Grace. If you see me crying, know that God has fought for me," she said.
"A message to women, if you see your knowledge has come to an end, don't force it, you are calling death and don't get out and go away from God. I encourage people through my songs and I know what pain is.
"Marriage should be respected by all, but the husband or wife should not make you wrong God."