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After 38 years, Marley-Breakspeare still sparks debate

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Bob Marley - File
Cindy Breakspeare speaks to an attentive audience during the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit presentation of the 17th annual Bob Marley Lecture at The Undercroft of the Senate Building, UWI, Mona, on Thursday night, February 13. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

In a recent lecture at the University of the West Indies, Mona, former Miss World Cindy Breakspeare revealed details of her life with late reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley; but the former beauty queen may not have expected that her revelations would cause the uproar it has.

Her hourlong presentation organised by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit is causing quite a stir on social media, this after the details of her presentation began being published in The Gleaner.

Many users have been using Facebook and Twitter as an outlet to voice their opinions on the Breakspeare-Marley love affair. Commentors have been letting loose, posting less-than-flattering comments, scrutinising the relationship Breakspeare shared with Marley.

Many are upset with the former Miss World, claiming her revelations in a public forum to be audacious because of the position Rita Marley held in the reggae icon's life.

Part two of the five-part series was posted to The Gleaner's Facebook page and within 24 hours the article had in excess of 500 likes, 170 shares and 70 comments.

Many of the users believe Breakspeare's decision to reveal the intimate details of her love life with Marley is disrespectful to his widow, Rita.

One commentator said "The university should not have hosted such an event. Even though this happened in history, it really is dishonouring Rita Marley in public." Another said, "There can be only one Queen Sista Rita, all these side chicks need to remember no matter how you pretty the story is you were borrowing the woman husband you weren't wife material. The King already had his Queen."


Users left no stones unturned in their assessment of Breakspeare's character as even the colour of her skin was made an issue.

"Not against interracial relationships, however, a woman of her class and stature would not have given the time of day to a Rastaman in 1976. She only paid attention to him because of his star status and money."

As the arguments progressed and became even more heated, there were some that came to Breakspeare's defence.

They proceeded instead to analyse the character of the late reggae legend.

"You all so quick to bash and degrade but proudly disregard the fact that he was a womanising, hedonistic, unfaithful riddle of a man. You all jump to pass judgement and neglect the reality say a no lie she a tell! Him look har when him did marry and she respond."

Then there were those who sought to quell rising temperatures by reminding users that Marley was all about love.

"One love, people. Remember this is the man we all respect, so this means his life too. I'm sure you enjoy his music so try not to forget the words behind his music ... Irie."

The heated conversations continued up to press time.