Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan has revealed he did not see his third wife’s face until after they were wed. In a tell-all interview, the cricket legend turned politician also slammed his second wife, BBC weather girl Reham Khan, for making his life a misery.
With two failed marriages behind him, Khan claims his new bride is a keeper ahead of his bid to become the leader of Pakistan.
“I did not catch a glimpse of my wife’s face until after we were married,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“I proposed to her without seeing her because she had never met me without her face being covered with a full veil.
“The only idea I had of what she looked like came from an old photograph I had seen in her house.”
New wife Bushra Maneka, 39, is a leading scholar and spiritual guide in the mystic Sufi branch of Islam.
Her faith means she will not meet men other than her husband without a veil covering her face.
When she finally removed her veil, Khan, 65, added: “I was not disappointed, and now I am happily married.”
Back in his prime as a partying socialite based in London, Khan admitted: “[It would] have been unthinkable if someone had told me I would marry someone whose face I hadn’t seen. I would have thought they were mad.”
While he remembers his time with first Brit wife Jemima Goldsmith fondly, he revealed a scathing attitude towards his second wife Reham Khan, who worked as a BBC weather girl.
“Normally I don’t say anything about Reham, but I will say this: I’ve made some mistakes in my life, but my second marriage has to be the biggest,” he said.
After ten stormy months together, the couple divorced in 2015.
The break-up was so bitter that it still threatens his bid for the premiership, thanks to allegations of adultery, drug-taking and fathering children out of wedlock.