Imran Khan to divorce Reham after 10 months of marriage
- HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Islamabad |
- Updated: Oct 30, 2015 18:07 IST
A file photo shows Imran Khan with his wife Reham Khan. (Photo courtesy: Twitter account radioPakistan))
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his wife Reham have decided to divorce just 10 months after they wed, the couple said on Friday, ending a whirlwind romance that made headlines round the world.
Khan, 63, who captained the Pakistan team that won the cricket World Cup in 1992, married 42-year-old Reham, a former BBC journalist, in January in a low-key ceremony at his home in Islamabad.The couple announced the break-up in separate tweets.“We have decided to part ways and file for divorce,” Reham, who has three children from a previous marriage, said on Twitter.Khan tweeted that he had the “greatest respect for Reham’s moral character”. He added: “This is a painful time for me & Reham & our families. I would request everyone to respect our privacy.”Khan is the father of two sons from his previous marriage to British socialite Jemima Goldsmith. Khan divorced Goldsmith in 2004 after a nine-year marriage.Naeemul Haque, a spokesman for Khan, said in a post on Facebook that the couple had “decided to divorce by mutual consent”. He said, “Due to the sensitivity and seriousness of this extremely painful matter it is requested that the media should refrain from any speculation. There will be no further communication in this respect.”A source close to Khan was quoted by Pakistan’s Dawn.com as saying that he and Reham were “just not getting along”.“She wanted to get involved with politics and that is not what Khan wanted at all. She just did not want to sit at home,” the source said. “There were teething problems as well over other issues which were being resolved but this was a major issue – she wanted to get into politics and was not ready to back down.”