"I refuse to play out my marriage publicly"
Amir Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom posted a lengthy statement, hitting out at the model he allegedly “begged” for her racy pictures.
After 25-year-old Sumaira made the accusations, Amir denied them and claimed she tried to blackmail him.
This prompted Sumaira to share screenshots of their message exchanges.
Amir has since apologised to his wife and said he is willing to undergo therapy.
In response to Sumaira’s public posts about the messages, Faryal posted a lengthy statement which began:
“After a long week of accusations, slander and harassment I have decided it is now time to address the situation that has unfolded.”
Faryal slammed the model and said:
“I will stand strong in my stance.”
She also accused a representative of Sumaira of trying to “tarnish” her reputation.
Faryal Makhdoom continued: “Over the duration of the last 7 days, I had had private conversations of mine dissected and torn apart by an alleged ‘legal representative’ acting on behalf of Sumaira, who has taken to social media with what I can only describe as a hate campaign.
“My name has been used in almost every single story she has posted in a bid to tarnish my reputation and name label me as not only a woman who has no ‘self-respect’ but Amir’s supporter and enabler in these circumstances, all because I refuse to publicise the private dealings I have with my husband.
“How I deal with my marriage and my husband is not the concern of anyone else.
“I refuse to play out my marriage publicly, the situation has been humiliating enough for me and I will not further play in the spectacle created by others in order to satisfy their desires.
“I will stand strong in my stance that I did not owe Sumaira anything more than a civil conversation.”
Faryal also refuted Sumaira’s claims that she did not know Amir was married.
“This woman was not under the impression that Amir was a single bachelor, yet she continued on speaking to him whilst gathering her evidence to take to social media.”
Sharing what she said to Sumaira in a “civil conversation”, Faryal continued:
“I knew what the outcome of this situation would be and I forewarned her not to take this to social media.
“I explained that the situation would cause immense embarrassment not only for her but for my family also and that in the end no one wins.
“I am a woman who receives abuse on a daily basis simply for existing and I knew she would also receive the same for even entertaining a married man, no matter what spin she put on the story.
“I’m now being made responsible for Sumaria’s current mental state.
“Her ‘legal representative’ has claimed that Sumaria suffering with her mental health as a result of her social media presence and exposure in her exchanges with my husband Amir and this has somehow become my fault too.
“I was the one who was disrespected, lied to and embroiled in scandal and once again, it has become my fault.
“Amir and Sumera are both adults who engaged in consented communication.”
“They did not consult me when exchanging messages nor did they consider or respect me when building a ‘bond’.
“I will not be dragged through the mud now for not ‘supporting another woman’.
“This woman had no respect or regard for me as a woman and as Amir’s wife. There was also no consideration of my mental health.
“I am not in control of Amir’s actions not those of Sumaira.
“I had a civil conversation with her which is more than most women in my position would be willing to do.”
Indicating that she will stand by her husband, Faryal Makhdoom added:
“I am being criticised for being Amir’s wife, for still staying with him knowing his ‘track record’.
“This is the man I am married to and have three young children with.
“The whole world is aware of his track record, his reputation precedes him, why would you as a single woman want to engage in a conversation with him at all?
“My focus is my children and shielding them from all that is happening.”
Sumaira has since responded to Faryal’s statement, saying that it lacks facts.
She also claimed that she has received an “alarming number” of death threats and calls from supporters of the Khans.