It isn't in my blood to give up, says Imran on third marriage

Published: July 11, 2016
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PTI chairman says he is even more open to marriage than before. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman says he is even more open to marriage than before. PHOTO: AFP

Even after two divorces, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said he will not give up the idea of marrying again and is actually thinking about it even more these days.

“It’s not in my blood to give up. But it takes a lot … [the idea of marriage] is even more open than before. But marrying at 60 is not like marrying at 30,” Imran said during an interview with Hindustan Times on Sunday.

The PTI chairman who divorced his second wife this year also revealed he had always remained faithful to his spouse while he was married. “I’m very proud to say that while married, I’ve always been faithful. I had told myself I would not indulge in infidelity and I never did. It is the greatest pain a human being can cause to their partner, which is why in all religions it is a sin,” he said.

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When asked how he saw the institution of marriage, Imran was staunchly supportive of the idea and remarked that bachelor life is a superficial existence. “I would always choose married life. Because bachelor life is: all that glitters is not gold. It is very shallow and empty. It is a superficial existence. You cause a lot of pain. As a bachelor there were a lot of heartaches, and I regret that,” the PTI chairman said.

“I am 63 years old and have been married for only 10 years, but I am more of a staunch believer of marriage now [after two divorces] than I ever was,” he added.

Spilling beans on his first divorce with ex-wife Jemima, Imran did not hesitate to say, “It was a very painful ending because it wasn’t a natural ending. But that’s life”. However, he said he did not have any regrets as he had tried his best and so had Jemima, with whom he still shares a “very friendly” relationship.

On his second divorce, the cricketer-turned-politician said that it was even more difficult for him to part ways with Reham Khan, his second spouse.

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The 63-year-old said his psychologist had advised him not to get married after his divorce with Jemima because his children might get adversely affected. But when the right time came, he married Reham Khan but it did not work out as she had her own family and he had his. “When they [Imran’s sons] were old enough, I thought I would try again, but it just didn’t work out because when you have grown children and she has grown children, it’s very difficult. There’s your family, her family. It was too complicated.”

Although Imran said that he did not have anyone in mind for the third try – not even remotely, he did not shy away from expressing what he was looking for in his third spouse.

“I never judge people for what they are. I judge the type of person they aspire to be. You have to be with someone who is stimulating. You know, I’m not into looks that much. I’m not impressed by glamour or fashion. I get impressed by someone who has a belief system, convictions…” he said.

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Zeeshan
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:59PM

    This time PTI youth should not be deprived of this honor, only on the basis of gender. Recommend

  • OSD
    Jul 11, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Ahem.. And a dharna is also coming up.. partyyyy!Recommend

  • faisal
    Jul 11, 2016 - 1:15PM

    Shame on you.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 11, 2016 - 1:30PM

    And why should his personal life be splashed all over news papers ?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Jul 11, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Yup, please continue marrying and partying and leave the serious work to adults.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jul 11, 2016 - 3:09PM

    If he is that serious about “NAYA PAKISTAN” and “TABDELI” he should sacrifice all and devote to the country. Alas, he’s a mere politician with all the same traits of a typical one and will remain so, even if he wins the PM Post.Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Jul 11, 2016 - 3:41PM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi):
    This country needs politician. Why should he invest all energy on this nation, there is no need. Way to go IK, live your live.Recommend

  • Umar Kamal
    Jul 11, 2016 - 3:52PM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi):
    Sorry, he is not a puppet. He is entitled to enjoy his own life. First as nation change, after that talk about these thingsRecommend

  • rex minor
    Jul 11, 2016 - 7:02PM

    he is the kind for marriage but not to father the children.

    rex minorRecommend

  • SaneVoice
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:45PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    When you are a public figure then there is no personal life.This is the price you pay for being popular.Recommend

  • Khabar
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:57PM

    Why with dharna around, there is always a talk of IK’s marriage. Is it a dharna or marriage bureau?Recommend

  • Sara
    Jul 11, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Glad to know he sees a psychologist. He really needs therapy. Recommend

  • Nikah is the best policy
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:30PM

    @Sara:
    You would gladly accept his proposal, if you ever get that lucky LoLRecommend

  • Jul 11, 2016 - 11:36PM

    PTI chairman who divorced his second wife this year – It is not he but she who divorced him. Try and try and get success in the last.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 12, 2016 - 12:03AM

    He should get married but should NOT be allowed to fathered children. Recommend

  • Sheikh Asif
    Jul 12, 2016 - 1:30AM

    Hamari Tu Abhi Tak Aik Shadi b Nahi Hui..
    Lagta Hae Single he rahengy hum Recommend

  • Hello
    Jul 12, 2016 - 1:36AM

    Hasn’t he heard the saying “There’s no fool like an old fool?”Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jul 12, 2016 - 1:54AM

    Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.Recommend

  • khalid
    Jul 12, 2016 - 7:58AM

    from my point of view i think that he should focus on his personal life instead of spending his time on nation who will never going to change them self!!!!Recommend

  • Jul 12, 2016 - 9:16AM

    IK it’s time you stopped being a ‘Jack-in-the-box.’ Salams Recommend

  • abood
    Jul 12, 2016 - 9:29AM

    So now we know why you are planning a dharna .Recommend

  • Zunaira
    Jul 13, 2016 - 4:27AM

    What Imran Khan needs is a GOOD Reverted gori wife from Nottingham who understands him, who will be his legs when he can’t move, his voice when he can’t speak, his shoulder to lean on, his ears to hear things he can’t, someone to practice speeches to, someone who’ll make his Salan aur Roti with love, make sure he always looks good, someone to have fun with, someone who DOESN’T see him as the man to lead a ‘Naya Pakistan’ but as Imran, the man holds the other end of her material when she’s sewing and loves her obsession with things with Bunnies on, who stays in the background and doesn’t have her own agenda…
    Someone like me.Recommend

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