Days after branding rumours of his marriage as “greatly exaggerated,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan confirmed last night that he has secretly married.
According to Daily Mail, Imran has confirmed the British tabloid’s earlier reports of his marriage to Reham Khan, a journalist who formerly presented the weather on the BBC.
Speaking to reporters at Heathrow airport last night before boarding a flight, Imran is reported to have said: “I am going to Pakistan to share good news about my marriage with the nation. I have nothing to hide.”
The 62-year-old politician, who divorced heiress Jemima Goldsmith in 2004, has wed 41-year-old divorced mother-of-three against the wishes of his party and family.
Upon arrival in Islamabad, the PTI chairman reiterated that he would share 'good news' with the nation soon but did not confirm whether he had already tied the knot with Reham Khan.
“Marriage is not a crime. I will share good news with the nation next week,” Imran said, while addressing the media at his residence in Bani Gala.
Regarding earlier reports of his marriage which he had branded as “greatly exaggerated,” the PTI chairman said he did not want to make any announcements regarding his marriage without meeting his two sons.
“When you have kids from your first marriage, they are your biggest priority. My kids happiness comes before my happiness,” said Imran, adding that his children had already suffered a lot due to his divorce with Jemima Khan.
The announcement comes after Imran returned from London earlier today after meeting his children.
Imran’s sister Aleema had earlier branded the reports of marriage lies, saying they had been concocted by his opposition.
“This is the only way the opposition know how to attack him. These are the tactics they would stoop to. It’s out of control. I guess that is politics,” she told the tabloid.
Asked if her brother is in a secret relationship with the TV broadcaster, she said: ‘It’s a confusing signal to everyone who follows him [but] we asked him if he was married and he said no. I don’t know if he is in a relationship. We just asked him if he was married.’
Jemima felicitates Imran on his second marriage
Reacting to news of Imran’s second marriage, his ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith tweeted on Tuesday that, “I hope Imran will be happy in this new phase of his life.”
(cont) ...And I hope Imran will be happy in this new phase of his life.— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) January 6, 2015
She thanked the Pakistanis who had sent her messages of support, adding that the she felt like an honourary citizen of Pakistan owing to the love shown by the people.
"I'll always love Pakistan. Thanks to my sons & the love I've been shown there, I'll always feel like an honorary Pakistani, no matter what."
Earlier in October, responding to Imran’s decision to remarry, the cricket legend’s ex-wife revealed she planned to ditch the surname ‘Khan.’
“My ex-husband, Imran, recently announced that he intended to get remarried soon, which made me think it’s probably time to change my name back to Goldsmith,” said the 40-year-old daughter of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and his widow, Lady Annabel.
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