Media personality Joey Muthengi has opened up about her battle with depression after she discovered that her 'mzungu' boyfriend was cheating on her and got married without her knowledge.
In a recent interview with an online magazine, The Unwritten, the former Citizen TV news presenter says this discovery threw her into a deep depression for a long time.
She also reveals that she contemplated suicide during the period.
The journalist says she began dating the white boyfriend while they were in high school in the United States.
Their relationship blossomed through the years until June 2016, when she was hired by Citizen TV.
She says they somehow lost touch after she landed the job only to later realize the man had moved on with another woman.
“The love of my life was a white man. I knew him since high school. We were perfect but the logistics around our lives just weren’t matching. We were always traveling on different time zones, different location and I was so keen on climbing the career ladder."
“And when I finally got to Citizen TV, when I was finally feeling like ‘I’ve sort of ‘made it’, I started looking for him again and then I found out he got married… through Facebook of all the places,” says Joey.
She could not come to terms with the fact that the guy had been cheating on her.
“I was quite depressed for a long time. Even my family couldn’t understand and kept asking ‘what is it about this guy?” Joey notes, adding that she has since moved on.
Joey's family moved to the US when she was two years old. She returned to Kenya after graduating with a communication degree from Hope College in the US.
She currently works with the Voice of America (VoA) radio station.