It’s because of her Russian boyfriend that Heard was able to relocate from Rwanda to Uganda, she said in an interview
Judith Heard’s jealous Russian boyfriend who had her arrested
Judith Heard once dated a Russian and their relationship had some really dramatic episodes.
But when she came to Uganda and moved in with him, things changed.
One time they went for the popular Royal Ascot Goat Races that used to be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo and jealousy kicked in. That at some point he pulled out his gun and started shooting randomly.
"He became so jealous. He was aggressive... actually, when we went for the Goat Races, he went crazy because some guys were looking at me and got out a gun and started shooting,” she said, adding that when they reached home he had her arrested. “... I was like, oh my goodness, why me?... so, we go back home, and actually, he gets me arrested. He got me arrested; because he was friends with the army."
However, when they went to the police station, cops realised the case made no sense and they instead arrested the boyfriend.
Judith Heard started crying and told police officers to leave him so they sort it out themselves.
When they went back home, he stopped her from owning a phone and she was always in the house.
After a while, they went to Russia where they stayed for six months, and broke up when they returned to Kampala.
Who is Judith Heard?
Born at Lacor Hospital, Gulu on March 13, 1986, Judith Heard’s father was Rwandan and he passed away during the genocide while the mother is a Mutoro.
She went to Kampala Parents’ School, then to Rwanda in 1994 and joined Kigali Parents’ School, before moving Fawe Girls Secondary School and Ndera Secondary School, both in Rwanda.
At 15, she dropped out of school tried different things, including modeling, working at an internet cafe, and also joined a dance group.
At 16, she got a job at a club in Rwanda and started renting her own house.
She then met a Russian boyfriend who was living in Uganda, working with the Russian embassy as a pilot and interpreter.
The boyfriend promised to help her find her mother, and sister who was studying at Nkumba University. When he found them, he invited Judith Heard to come to Kampala.
In Rwanda, she had already started modeling and appearing on billboards. Her first gig was with a beer company.
She returned to Uganda when she was 16 and her boyfriend was 25.
One day, she went with her boyfriend for Goat Races, once a prestigious event in Kampala, and Andre Ringen, the Norwegian photographer who worked for Sylvia Owori’s Zipa Models took her pictures, and people who saw them encouraged her to start modeling.
Ringen, who was once married to singer Grace Nakimera, organised another photoshoot with her and and he was impressed by her professionalism.
Her photos were featured in a magazine and Sylvia Owori took her on.
She worked with them for about five years before quitting over poor pay.
As a model, Heard has participated in a number of top projects, including Sylvia Owori's modeling company, African Woman Magazine, New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Rwanda Collective Fashion Week, and Abryanz Fashion Style and Fashion Awards.
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