While His Former BFF Ubi Franklin's Marriage Has Reportedly Crashed, Iyanya Says He Regrets Not Getting Married Before 30

30-year-old Iyanya is one of Nigeria's most eligible bachelors - and it's quite surprising that he hasn't joined the long list of artistes with baby mamas.

The newly signed Mavin Records singer says not being married at his age is one of the many things he regrets today. Speaking with Thenetng, the Akwa Ibom born musician said:

"I’ll be honest, It’s not very easy. If I had my way, I would have been married a long time ago, by now people will be seeing my kids. It’s not very easy trying to get this music right and then adding marriage to it. The truth is even though people think I have that bad boy reputation, I respect marriage a lot, I don’t believe I should get married and get out of it, so I’m not trying to rush into something I’ll rush out of."

What does he look out for when searching for the right wife material?
"It’s hard. If you say you want a girl from the church, you’ll carry devil, if you say you want a dancer, you’ll carry trouble. I’m just trying to be patient and take my time and it’s even harder now that I’m famous because it’s really hard to find someone that truly cares for you when you are famous. I think this is one of the things I regret, I should have married someone way back when my mum was still alive. Back then my mum was always on my neck to settle down and at the time I always wondered why but now I see it. I’m not giving up though, I just want to make sure I get this music right. I’m 30 and I’ve not seen in the bible or any church that’ll say I can’t come to church because I’m 30 and not married."

Iyanya's revelation is coming amid reports that his former best friend, Ubi Franklin and wife Lilian Esoro, have parted ways secretly after barely one year of marriage.