Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his wife Reham have decided to divorce within just 10 months after them got married. Imran 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 this year in a low-key ceremony in Islamabad.
The couple took to the Twitter after the news of their split made headlines: “We have decided to part ways and file for divorce,” Reham, said on Twitter. Imran Khan tweeted “This is a painful time for me & Reham & our families. I would request everyone to respect our privacy.” “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”, Naeemul Haque, a spokesman for Khan, said in his Facebook post.
According to a Pakistani media report, the couple had already parted ways almost a month ago and had earlier decided to keep it under wraps till the Pakistan general elections scheduled in 2018. A source close to Khan was quoted as saying that the couple were “just not getting along”. “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”, the source revealed.
Imran 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; while Rehman has three children from her previous marriage.