- The fiery couple had a very public falling out over Twitter and Instagram last year
- After accusing each other of cheating, Amir announced the pair were to divorce
- However they soon revealed they were reconciling after 'forgiving' each other
- Faryal said her husband no longer likes going out after a stint on I'm A Celebrity
Published: 04:48 EST, 8 January 2018 | Updated: 05:18 EST, 8 January 2018
Amir Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom has revealed that the boxer is a 'changed man' since returning from the jungle.
The fiery couple, who had a very public falling out over social media last year, told Good Morning Britain viewers how they had saved their marriage from the brink.
After both accusing each other of cheating, Amir announced they were planning to divorce, only for Faryal to reveal weeks later that they were set to try again.
In an interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Faryal said that her husband was different after returning from his stint on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
Amir Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom has revealed that the boxer is a 'changed man' since returning from the jungle in an interview on Good Morning Britain
Amir's social media accounts showed the boxer partying in Dubai as the couple traded barbs on Twitter and Instagram, with several women claiming to have joined the star
She said: 'He came back a changed man. He doesn't like going out, he likes staying home. I have to force him to go out now.'
The pair also revealed how things spiralled out of control during a trip to Dubai, after Amir stayed behind to attend 'a couple of meetings' while she flew back to the UK.
'I think you say things when you're angry but it's a new year and I've put it all behind us,' she added. 'We were away from each other, I was in the UK and he was in Dubai.
'I was kind of angry because he didn't get on the flight with me back to the UK.'
Amir's social media accounts showed him partying in Dubai as the couple traded barbs on Twitter and Instagram, with several women claiming to have joined the star.
Talking about the 'girlfriends', he said: 'A lot of them were friends that Faryal knew and we'd been to dinner with.
Amir also had an awkward reunion with fellow camp star Iain Lee amid accusations of bullying on the show
Amir and Faryal (pictured on Loose Women earlier this month) have reconciled after a very public spat last year in which they accused each other of cheating
The boxer announced he was going ahead with a divorce from his wife in a tweet in September
In a Twitter post, Faryal hinted at a reconciliation with the boxer after claiming her daughter and unborn child do not deserve 'a broken home'
Khan and Faryal pictured with their daughter Lamaisah. The couple are expecting another child later this year
'A lot of them were not true but obviously with what was going on in the media it was making it much worse.
'We were in talks about leaving each other and when these stories were coming out it was making it more real that it was going to happen.
'We were speaking about [splitting] and we weren't happy in the relationship at the time.
'I think we needed a bit of a break and once we had that we sat down and sorted all the issues out.'
Faryal added: 'I have [forgiven him]. We both made mistakes. I've probably made the situation worse getting him angry while he was away.
Amir Khan and Faryal sensationally announced their marriage is over in an explosive ongoing row on Twitter in the summer
Khan even accused his American wife of having an affair with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua (pictured together)
Joshua laughed off Khan's claims, posting the music video from pop star Shaggy's It Wasn't Me online, and saying he had never met Faryal
'We've been together for six years and we've never had a problem or a public dispute like this.'
Amir also had an awkward reunion with fellow camp star Iain Lee amid accusations of bullying on the show.
The 44-year-old comedian admitted that he was 'disappointed' by Amir's 'lying' as he assumed they were close.
He told host Piers Morgan: 'Amir and I were very close in the jungle, so I felt the most betrayed by him.
'We'd spoken about going to Pakistan together and then I saw clips of him lying and saying stuff about me behind my back.
'He left me out to dry. I shouldn't be friends with that back-stabbing rat, should I?'
The topsy-turvy marriage of Amir and Faryal
The couple had been married since 2013 and share a daughter together.
They first met when Faryal was 19 and Khan was 24 through mutual friends at a party in New York.
At the time, the businesswoman, who runs a cosmetic company, was studying political science and journalism at Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences in New Jersey.
Khan and Faryal are pictured inside the Royal Box at Wimbledon in 2013, the year they married
In exclusive interview with You Magazine in April, she said when they met he said: ‘You’re like a girl I would marry', and she thought 'What a total bull*******.'
When he left they kept in touch over Skype, subsequently meeting again in London eight months later where the pair were photographed together outside Harrods.
They began dating shortly afterwards when he went to surprise her in New York. Three months later, the pair were formally engaged.
But weeks before the wedding in 2013 she was asked by Amir’s management team to sign a prenup.
She said during the interview: 'In our culture, that’s really bad. I couldn’t care less about the money but my parents felt very insulted, especially because they are so well off. My parents didn’t make Amir sign a prenup.'
The pair met in New York in 2010, when Faryal was 19 and Khan was 24, through mutual friends at a party
Faryal said she signed it nonetheless, but it was later cancelled by Amir when she fell pregnant with their daughter, Lamaisah. She was born in 2014.
They wed at Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York in front of 250 guests, followed by an elaborate celebration for 3,800 people in Bolton before she moved to the UK.
The pair lived a quiet and happy life for many years until the tail-end of 2016 when things began to sour.
In December, she launched an explosive rant on Snapchat, accusing Khan’s parents, Sajjad and Falak, of trying to destroy their marriage.
She even claimed her 'evil, hating sister-in-law' Mariyah 'came to hit' her while her husband was not at home.
However Mariyah responded to the allegations by saying: 'Do I look like I can beat someone up?'
Faryal began her series of posts: ‘Don't get your sons married if you're going to abuse and bully the wife.
'I've always been so quiet but seriously this message is for everyone! When you bring someone's daughter – treat her as your own. Your son will be much happier & so will you. :)’
Using the Snapchat name Faryalxmakhdoom, she continued: 'When you force your son to divorce his wife, when she's nine months pregnant!!! And your son doesn't … and he sticks besides his wife. He's called a p***y?
'Ok, I'm guessing Islam teaches us to get married and divorce our wives and treat them bad???
Khan is pictured with his mother, father and brother Haroon in a photo posted on Mariyah's Instagram account
'My husband has done farrrrr more than any son has done. And far more than any brother has done. But why is he treated so bad? Jealousy? That's disgusting.'
While she did not name anyone in the messages, she endorsed comments by her followers which suggested it related to her in-laws.
She also shared a screenshot of Mariyah laughing at a comment on Instagram which suggested Faryal should have been on the 'dogwalk' rather than the catwalk – a reference to Faryal taking part in the Asiana Bridal Show in Birmingham earlier that month.
Faryal added: 'What have I actually done lol been a good wife to your broth.I worked my ass off on a catwalk from 7am till 12am at night.
'My husbands a multi-millionaire but still work and do my own as I can never touch his BLOOD money, when I have a right too! and then I get hating evil sister in laws s******g on me?'
Mariyah responded by saying she 'didn't need to justify herself on social media as "Allah is watching".'
Khan's brother Haroon also appeared to have his say, posting on Twitter: 'The world knows how good the khan family is #saynomore'
Khan's brother Haroon also appeared to have his say, posting on Twitter: 'The world knows how good the khan family is #saynomore'.
Faryal later published a photograph of Haroon, the other son of Khan's parents Sajjad and Falak, lying on a bed naked and claiming he was drunk.
In an interview with Murtaza Ali Shah at Geo News, Khan’s parents rubbished Faryal's allegations, claiming she is 'lying' they never laid a hand on her and treated her like their own daughter.
Mr Khan said: 'Faryal was adopting a dress code which in the Islamic faith was not acceptable.
'I ask Faryal to produce evidence of violence. Where is the evidence? We have always held her in highest esteem and gave her the same level of respect and love that we gave to our two daughters.'
Falak said her daughter-in-law has called them 'paindoo' – Urdu for 'villagers' – used as a slur for primitive people from the Pakistani countryside.
She said: 'I am a proud Pakistani, I have always respected my in-laws and we have our traditions and values. No one abused Faryal and I once asked her to take dupatta (veil) and she didn't listen and I never brought up the subject again.
‘Amir told us that she doesn't listen to him and that we should tell her parents about that. We lived in the same house but Faryal never mixed with us. She called us “paindoo”. She has forgotten that the same paindoo parents gave birth to Amir Khan and brought him up'.
Khan released a statement on Twitter, describing the actions of both parties as 'childish'.
He said: 'I have supported my wife, and that's because she was in the right.
'Since I've been married I've seen how my family and siblings have treated her. It wasn't fair. I'm not happy that it's come out. It was a private matter and should've kept private.
'My siblings were posting on social media over and over again. I asked my father to have them remove it and no one listened to me.
'I was patient and kept quiet but FARYAL said she couldn't take it anymore and had to speak up. So she did.
'I supported her when it came to family bothering her or upsetting her. But I did not support siblings or my wife to be this childish all over the media, crying and bashing one another. It's really getting out of control and needs an end.'
In January, the couple’s relationship was strained after a sex tape, featuring Khan performing a sexual act on webcam as female model watched on, was published on major US pornographic website.
It was claimed the X-rated video was made shortly after the couple married in 2013.
Faryal was said to be 'absolutely disgusted' by the revelations, but continued to have a united front with her husband by posting a series of jokey Snapchats together.
Earlier this year, Faryal relived their daughter's glittering £100,000 birthday party last year by posting photos and videos of the event
Tensions between the boxer and his family deepened when he failed to attend Haroon’s wedding due to training.
Haroon was said to be 'bitterly disappointed' about his brother's absence, but Faryal hit back saying she didn't go because she was not wanted.
On Snapchat, she said: 'Everyone's been asking why I didn't attend Amir's brother's wedding. I kept quiet.
'But the truth is AMIR'S wife and child were not invited. Or even included in the celebrations. They could have at least tried.'
The claim came after Haroon revealed that his brother 'didn't even send a message of congratulations' after the event.
Haroon responded: 'We, family, friends, are all shocked and saddened by what his Faryal has been saying but we tried to forget about the negatives at the weekend and just enjoyed.
'She is a one off and lives by her own set of rules.'
At the end of January, Khan revealed his father Shah, who was his manager, his uncle Taz Khan, formerly his consultant and lifelong best-friend Saj Mohammed, who was his assistant, were all no longer working with him.
He told SportsMail's Jeff Powell: 'I have had to grow up and take control of my own life.
Khan later revealed his father, uncle and life-long best friend Saj Mohammed, were all no longer working with him
'Dad won't be negotiating my contracts any more but I love them and they have been so good for me. But I've matured now and come to realise it is best to keep the two elements of my life apart.'
But his father was said to be 'humiliated' by his very public sacking.
A family friend told MailOnline. 'Credit for that goes to Faryal who got Amir to do it.'
Things quietened between the family for a few months until April, when, during an interview with the Daily Star, she said: 'After everything Amir has been through I'm the only one still standing here – no one else is. I don't see some of his friends, I don't see some of his family members.’
The couple continued to remain strong and even announced plans to adopt a child in the new future.
Speaking to The Sun, Khan said: 'When I was in Africa, I met so many young African kids and I loved them.
'I wanted to take them back home with me.'
In June, the couple put their six-bedroom home in Lostock on the market for £1.6million. Two days ago, they knocked £200,000 off the asking price.
Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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