Boxer Amir Khan looks headed for divorce after an explosive Twitter war broke out between him and his wife on August 4. Khan, 30, married Faryal Makhdoom, 26, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in May 2013 after becoming engaged in January 2012. The couple has one daughter, Lamaisah, who was born in May 2014.
This apparent split comes just a few months after Khan appeared to settle a longstanding beef he had with his family. The boxer’s family apparently disagreed with Makhdoom’s decisions to wear western clothing. However, it was New York City born Makhdoom who was credited with settling the feud.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Khan Is Apparently Accusing His Wife of Having an Affair With Another Boxer, Anthony Joshua
The tweets began on the morning August 4 with Khan telling the world, “So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m currently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.” That was followed up with a screengrab of a Snapchat conversation that Khan says was between his wife and boxer Anthony Joshua. Khan followed that up with, “Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer.” Another tweet said, “Lol moved up in the weight classes lol. Trust me I ain’t the jealous type. No need to send me pictures of the men your talking to disgusted.”
That was followed by, “Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce Golddigger.” The final message, at the time of writing read, “Mans like Joshua can have my left overs!” In response to the scandal, Joshua wrote on Twitter, “Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe.”
This prompted Makhdoom to come back with, “I’m not sure if it’s your family tweeting for you. But I’m not the one who been in the papers for cheating… Stop making false things up.” Makhdoom continued, “Accusing other boxers just because your boxing career is finished. Man up amir.” Another tweet read, “After all these years. I’ve always defending a cheat, always stuck around for him, always had his back. And I’m called a gold digger?” At the time of writing, the final message from Makhdoom read, “He’s in Dubai rightnow with a prostitude. While I’m getting accused of cheating? Treating the mother of his child like this , is sickening.”
A few days before the Twitter fight, Makhdoom and Khan posted the above photo in an ice bar in Dubai. According to Makhdoom’s Instagram page, July 27 had been her birthday and the couple spent it together.
2. In December 2016, Makhdoom Said That Khan’s Family Was Trying to Destroy Her Marriage
This apparent breakup comes just after Makhdoom had apparently played peacemaker in a brutal feud between Khan and his family. Earlier in 2017, Khan had fired his father and manager, Shah. In June 2017, Khan posted a photo showing him with his father and former manager Shah at a cricket game in Birmingham, England.
Khan wrote in the message: “My dad and I at the pak v ind cricket match last weekend. We both had a great time together. Faryal and I decided to put everything behind us. She played a big part in helping me move forward. Life is too short. It’s the month of Ramadan. This is the month Allah asks us to clean our hearts & love one another. A lot has happened but my wife and I have accepted to move forward with a clean heart. We hope to expect the same from others ???? Ameen.” That posted has since been deleted.
Makhdoom had maintained that the beef with Khan’s family was over her choice to wear western clothes. Khan’s mother told the Daily Mirror about the feud saying, “I once told her, ‘Faryal, do not wear this type of clothes; wear a scarf.’ But she paid no heed so I stopped saying it to her again, because it was Amir’s duty to tell her that.” Around this time, Makhdoom had publicly said that Khan’s family was trying destroy her marriage. Makhdoom also made a Snapchat post that read, “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!” The Sun reported that the post showed Khan’s brother lying naked and drunk in Makhdoom’s house.
3. In the Midst of Family Strife, Makhdoom Admitted That She Visited Kim Kardashian’s Doctor
Makhdoom admitted to You Magazine in March 2019 that she had visited Kim Kardashian’s surgeon, Simon Ourian. Makhdoom explained:
Because of lack of sleep, genes, dehydration, I get bags under my eyes and I wanted to get them lightened. So I went to my doctor, Simon – he’s Kim Kardashian’s doctor. I like high cheekbones. I’ve never had plastic surgery. Fillers and plastic surgery are two different things and I want people to understand that.
The justification for the surgery from Makhdoom was her increased public profile since marrying Khan. Makhdoom continued, “If other women had this money and if they had a husband who was famous, they would do it, too. If I wasn’t married to Amir Khan, I’d probably be a regular girl and I might not do it. But I’m in the limelight, I go to events, so it’s part of my life now.”
Makhdoom is a native of New York City having been born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island. She was 19 when she met Khan for the first time and were introduced by a mutual friend.
4. Khan Has Said That Makhdoom Was the Only Intelligent Member of His Family
During that height of Khan’s feud with his family, Khan told the Daily Mail, referring to his wife, “At least there is one intelligent member of the family. My wife is a university graduate with the brains to help put my affairs in order. And I have my own family to take care of now.” Khan added that he done much to help support his family. Makhdoom is a graduate of Rutgers University where she studied political science and journalism. At the time Makhdoom met Khan, she had been planning to go to law school.
Around this time, Khan’s father referred to Makhdoom as “very evil” and “fame hungry.”
5. In January 2017, an Apparent Sex Tape Involving Khan Was Leaked
A tape involving Khan performing a sex act on Skype leaked on line in January 2017. During an interview on ITV’s This Morning show, Khan and Makhdoom said that it “somebody close” had leaked the clip. The pair said during that interview, “We’re here to show that all the divorce rumors aren’t true.” In regards to the tape, they said they felt “like it was done by somebody close to us out of revenge.”
Makhdoom said about the source of the recording, “I have no idea- it could be a jealous girlfriend passing it on or a former employee who was fired from the Amir Khan foundation. I’m not saying it’s a family member, but the timing is strange- it happened now for a reason.” The clip had been made in January 2013, after Khan and Makhdoom got together.