THE wife of love rat boxer Amir Khan has revealed she gave him a second chance only because she learned she was pregnant with their second child.
The couple talk candidly in a new eight-part BBC docu-series about rebuilding their relationship following their six-month split in 2017 after the former world champ was caught having a string of affairs.
Bolton-born Amir, 34, tells the show his cheating days are behind him after taking New York beauty Faryal, 29, to “hell and back”.
She says she took him back for the sake of their family — and not because he is worth £22MILLION.
In BBC Three documentary Meet The Khans: Big In Bolton, which launches this Sunday on iPlayer then airs the next night on BBC1, Faryal says: “Me being a young girl, I would feel kind of betrayed.
“My marriage did go into a really bad place where it was like, ‘That’s it, there is no turning back’.
“But I found out I was pregnant with my second child, so she was like such a blessing, my little angel.
“I thought, ‘For my children’s sake, I’m going to make this work’.
“So when you hear people say, ‘Oh, she’s a golddigger’ or, ‘She’s a doormat’ and stuff, it’s so hurtful.”
Faryal reveals she gladly gave up the prospect of an independent life when the light-welterweight ring king wooed her.
She says: “I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to go into corporate law. But then when Amir came into my life I was just like, ‘Forget school, I got myself a millionaire’.”
She also seems to explain away his affairs, saying that while friends in his home town of Bolton used to spend their youth partying, he was constantly training.
Speaking to a therapist on the show, she says: “My husband is such an amazing guy but he was never really able to properly enjoy his youth because of all the hard work he did.
“So he kind of never got it out of his system and he’d get caught in the wrong places.
“I saw a great guy who had potential to change and, (him) being the father of my children, it was like I wanted to try harder. I don’t think I wanted to give up.”
Amir married Faryal at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in 2013, when she was 21 and him 26, and they moved to Bolton to start a family.
He was about to reach the height of his earning power, making almost £11million in the ring in 2014.
Faryal adds: “He was at the peak of his career — women, attention, money, fame. He was constantly boxing and flying all over the world. And I wasn’t able to go to all these places with Amir.”
In 2014 the first of their now three children, daughter Lamaisah, was born.
But it was during Faryal’s pregnancy that he had a romp with 24-year-old French lingerie model Eglantine-Flore Aguilar.
A year later Welsh MTV beauty Lateysha Grace, 22, claimed she was offered £2,000 by Amir for a four-some in Miami with two other girls.
In 2017, the year he finally split from Faryal, he also had a night of passion at a Heathrow hotel with 21-year-old beautician Emily Volkova, from Crawley, West Sussex.
Amir admits on the show that his boxing career, and a first pro fight at age 18, meant he sacrificed youthful hedonism and so was not ready to settle down.
He says: “I used to go running at night when my friends would go clubbing. I missed out on all that. I had to grow up quicker.
“Everything in our relationship happened very fast. Me and Faryal got married at a very young age and then we had the baby very young.
“I was focused on the boxing. We never really got time to spend with each other properly.”
In 2017, when their relationship was at its most acrimonious, Amir briefly accused Faryal of a relationship with his fellow boxer Anthony Joshua, which the heavyweight champ denied.
This could not have come at a worse time for Faryal, who reveals on the show that she suffered from postnatal depression, made worse by the interest in Amir’s affairs.
She says: “I had this baby in my arms but didn’t really have anyone helping me. It was quite hard. You do your best but it’s never enough. Every day I’d wake up to comments on social media. Everyone knew the problems me and Amir had.”
Later in 2017, Amir then patched things up with his wife after six painful months apart.
In the documentary, he recalls: “That’s when I thought, ‘Wow, I can’t live like this because it’s destroying me’. Day by day, it was hurting me.”
The reconciliation coincided with him going on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, for a reported fee of £400,000-plus. He finished fifth.
Boy done good…but bad too
Dec 8, 1986: Born in Bolton into a Punjabi family.
1997: First boxing matches, aged 11, winning three English school titles.
2003: Gold medal at Junior Olympic Games in Detroit.
2004: Silver at the Athens Olympics, becoming Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medalist, aged 17.
2007: Convicted of careless driving after a pedestrian is injured crossing a road. Six-month ban and £1,000 fine at Bolton Crown Court.
2008: Accused of doing more than 140mph on the M62 in 2006, he is banned from driving for 42 days and fined £1,000.
2009: His first world title – became WBA light-welterweight champ, beating Ukrainian Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena, Manchester.
2011: Added the IBF world light- welterweight title, defeating the American Zab Judah in Las Vegas. Khan later lost both titles but WBA crown was reinstated after his opponent, American Lamont Peterson, failed a drug test.
2012: Lost WBA title to American WBC champ Danny Garcia in Vegas.
2013: Married New Yorker Faryal Makhdoom at the city’s Waldorf Astoria hotel.
2014: Daughter Lamaisah born.
2017: Announces he and Faryal had split but later said they had reconciled after six months apart. Was paid a reported £400,000-plus to appear on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, one of the highest fees ever. He came fifth.
2018: Daughter Alayna born.
2019: Lost a bid for the WBO welterweight world title at Madison Square Garden, New York. Wins his last fight, against Australian Billy Dib, in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
2020: Son Muhammad born.
Then, in 2018, Faryal gave birth to their second daughter, Alayna, and last year they had third child Muhammad.
Now Amir tells TV viewers: “I’m going to put my past behind me and move forward. We’re young and in love and have three beautiful kids.”
He adds: “I was young, I was a bit silly in them days. But now, obviously, I’m a lot smarter. I’m a big boy now and I’ve got a lot of responsibilities.”
Amir also discusses the pancreatic cancer battle being fought by his mum Falak, 54, which he revealed in January.
He now says: “She’s had her second chemo. The doctor said with the first one she went through, a lot of problems, so they’re going to reduce the chemo a bit.
“When I went over to her house she was really down and upset. It’s a tough time. I’ve been there every night, spending time with them trying to give my support in any way I can.
“When they had the first op and chemo I went with my dad to give him support. It was good to see and speak to the doctors, and see how my mum was feeling.”
Meet The Khans sees the couple juggle family life in their Bolton mansion, which has a Lamborghini and a Rolls-Royce on the drive.
Faryal has a vast walk-in ward-robe packed with designer clothes, shoes and sunglasses which, before lockdown, she would regularly cram into suitcases as she and Amir jetted away to exotic destinations such as Dubai.
She is seen carving out her own career as a social media influencer, with almost a million followers on Instagram.
Faryal is the self-proclaimed boss of Amir, who she describes as her “fourth child”. It is an arrangement he is more than happy with.
He even enlists her no-nonsense skills for his pet project — a wedding hall in his home town which should have cost £3.2million but has now swallowed up £11.5million and is still a work in progress.
Amir admits: “Literally, £5million pounds has gone missing.” But he adds: “She can get things back on track again.”
The fighter insists his showy lifestyle goes hand in hand with of his true passion, boxing, and he is eager to make a comeback. He had two fights planned last year but they had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.
He says: “Forget the bling, it’s all about being in the ring. I’m 34 but I still think there’s a lot in me.
“There’s so many big names out there who I want to fight so I’m stepping up my training now and getting into fight mode.
“Boxing means everything to me, it has kept me off the street and given me a better life. If one punch hits you in the wrong place, it’s over. You’re risking your life as well, but I love that risk.
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“Its been a hard year. I was meant to get back in the ring, and I did feel lonely at times and lost because all I know is boxing. It’s my life.
“But now I’m at the stage where I’m more towards the end. I’d like to do one more, the last dance.”
When The Sun asked Faryal if she has forgiven Amir she said: “We’ve moved on, the past is the past. You forget about all that negativity. You change and grow and you need to forget all about it.”
- BBC Three show Meet The Khans: Big In Bolton launches on iPlayer this Sunday then airs weekly on BBC1 on Monday nights from March 29.
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