Famous pops singer, Felix Lebarty aka Loverboy was definitely a toast of music lovers in the 80s and really held sway in every party arena, without his hit tracks like Loverboy and Ngozi, no party was complete then. He was said to have fathered about 19 children in his hey days, but he has turned a new leaf, as not only is he a born again Christian now, he is actually a Pastor. This is an excerpt of a recent interview and what he regrets about his misdoings in the past. Enjoy it:
Are you a pastor in Benin at the moment?
The head quarters of my church, Divine Revelation Church, is located in Benin. Presently, we are planning to set up a branch in Abuja.
You had a branch in Lagos before now. What happened?
The place we had in Lagos then was not expansive enough compared to the space we are currently occupying in Benin. But we are coming back to Lagos by the grace
Would you say you wished you had accepted Christ at the peak of your career as a singer back in the days?
Nobody discovers God when he or she wants to. God has to call you to himself for one to be able to discover him. I didn’t decide to follow God, rather God called me to work for Him.
Looking back, is there anything you are regretting or mistakes you made then that you wish you could correct today?
There are so many things I didn’t do right, and I have asked God to forgive me. The issue of having children here and there was a very bad mistake I made. My regret till date, is my inability to provide love, care and financial support to all of my children. You cannot bring a child into this world and you can’t take proper care of him. You cannot bring a child into this world without showing him enough love.
Every child has a right to his own destiny, and his destiny will be fulfilled through the love and care you have shown to him. And all these things I didn’t have them and it hurts. I was just like a fool who believed he was a superstar. There was nothing in me at all. Any man who does not know Jesus is not fit to live.
Do you still come in contact with all your children?
Of course, I talk to them most of the time. But I am not doing enough for them as a father. That’s my biggest regret.
What of their mothers. Do you still relate well with them?
Yes, I also come in contact with most of them. Again, you don’t blame them because you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with a man that has disregarded you, put you in bondage and allowed you to take care of the resulting children all alone. A woman should run away from such a man.
Would you say it was part of the price you paid as a star back in the days?
It wasn’t a price per se, it’s just that I was selfish. Every woman that came my way then I wanted to date her. It’s not a good omen. You must look for your wife, and stick to her. It has to be one woman. That’s my advice to all these young music stars that are making waves today. They should beware of women. Marriage is sacred. I am telling all the young stars to stay away from women. They will come after them and later lead them to a life of regrets.
You wedded a woman a few years ago. Was she one of the women that had children for you?
The woman that I am currently married to, Rosemary, is the best woman that I got involved with. She is the mother of my first four children.
How did she feel when she realized you had children from other women?
She couldn’t cope as she left me for awhile. But when I became born again, she came back to me.
Each time you hear the word, ‘Lover Boy’, does it remind you of anything in the past?
It reminds me of all the success I made during my time as a music star and some of the things that I am regretting now. But at the end of the day, I give glory to God that I was able to come out of it. I now live a Christ-like life. I enjoyed all the success that music gave to me while it lasted. I loved it so much when my music was making waves, to the point that it got into my head. But it wouldn’t happen again.