Siti: I did not wreck Datuk K's marriage
nst 16 Aug 2006 by Hafidah Samat
PETALING JAYA: "I’m not a home wrecker." As her big day approaches, pop princess Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin yesterday once again sought to set the record straight regarding her relationship with husband-to-be, Datuk Khalid Muhammad Jiwa.At an afternoon meeting with a group of media members at the Sri Pentas Penthouse in Bandar Utama yesterday, she denied allegations that she was responsible for the breakup of Khalid’s marriage to Tengku Zawyah Tengku Idzham.
"It hurts when people label me with all kinds of names. But, what can I do except to prepare myself to face them," she said, adding that her initial relationship with Khalid was due to business.
The allegations had been coming thick and fast ever since Siti Nurhaliza announced her wedding plans last month. It got worse when the singer decided not to "retaliate".Siti Nurhaliza, who was smiling radiantly, said she had now plucked up enough courage to face up to the adverse perceptions some people had about her love life, adding that Khalid was her "first true love".
Khalid, who was also present, said it was unfair for people to criticise Siti Nurhaliza, especially when their relationship blossomed after her concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, last year."I was divorced a couple of years ago, long before Siti Nurhaliza came into the picture. So, it’s unfair for people to blame her for the breakup of my marriage," he said.
Khalid also denied a newspaper report, which claimed that the cost of his wedding to Siti Nurhaliza was at RM12,888,888."Please make sure that the facts are accurate and don’t speculate. The fact is the expenditure is far below the figure reported."I’m not a rich businessman and the speculations have portrayed a different image of me. People would think I’m riak (arrogant) for holding such a lavish wedding ceremony."As far as I’m concerned, the wedding cost has not even exceeded RM1 million. Some of the wedding paraphernalia, from the tiaras to the wedding dresses, are sponsored. Even those who are involved in the wedding are doing it voluntarily without making a profit out of it," he said.
Asked how he had coped with the public attention on their romance, Khalid replied: "Ours is not an ordinary love. We can’t go out and hold hands in public or enjoy the beauty of being together because of our responsibilities to Siti Nurhaliza’s fans and many parties."It took me a while to decide to marry her. I prayed hard to Allah, seeking His guidance before making my decision. Honestly, I’ve no problems with the media but some of the reports have been pretty unfair to both of us," he said.
The couple’s engagement and akad nikah (solemnisation) will be held on Aug 21 at the Federal Territory Mosque in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. A week later, they will entertain about 2,200 guests at their reception at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.Boasting both local and international royals, the ceremony will also be attended by dignitaries, celebrity guests and close friends.
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