"I did feel stupid at the time but the damage was done."
Boxer Amir Khan has explained how he came to accuse his wife Faryal Makhdoom of sleeping with Anthony Joshua.
In 2017, he took to Twitter to call out his wife over the claims she had cheated on him with the heavyweight world champion.
Khan also said that their relationship was over. The couple then had an exchange on Twitter before agreeing to separate.
It was a brief split and have rekindled their marriage. Khan has now spoken about the incident.
He revealed the reason why he had thought Faryal had slept with Joshua. Khan also explained that the incident affected him and it has changed his perception of things.
It was discovered that he was influenced by a lot of fake messages on social media which claimed that the affair was going on.
Khan said: “It was a made-up message.
“A lot of people were making all these fake messages saying that ‘Joshua messaged your wife and she messaged him back.’
“Then I posted it on social media and said, ‘This has happened and it’s true. And I’m calling it over. She’s no longer my wife.”
The Bolton-born boxer later found out that the whole issue was made up and was meant to fuel his anger. After thinking things through, he apologised for his social media outburst.
“I did feel bad, I did feel stupid at the time but the damage was done. I made that mistake in tweeting something and putting it out. I was just digging a deeper and deeper hole.
“I remember I went to see Faryal. I apologised. I said, ‘Look, I don’t know what went through my head.’ And I totally changed my ways, changed the way I am.”
Khan also had to settle things down between his wife and his family.
He told The Mirror: “It was just a lack of understanding. Faryal comes from a city. She’s a young girl. She likes to dress differently. Bolton’s a little town. The dress code’s a little bit different, being a Muslim.
“I was stuck in the middle. I kept it cool with Faryal. I kept it cool with my family. And I tried to resolve the situation.”
“I wasn’t husband of the year. I was a bit naughty at times. I used to get caught misbehaving, going out, partying, clubs, going out with other girls and stuff. Fame is a b**** at times. Everything is printed in the tabloids.”
Amir Khan takes on American Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight championship at Madison Square Garden, New York, on April 20, 2019.