Wanaflow: Amir Khan has not spoken to his parents for the past six months as a bitter feud that once tore the family apart resurfaces, MailOnline can reveal.
In an exclusive interview, Amir’s father Shah Khan blamed his son’s wife Faryal Makhdoom Khan and her mother for the latest fall out, accusing them of trying to control his life and drive a wedge between him and his family.
Speaking from his home in Bolton, Shah said: ‘Amir’s wife and mother-in-law have teamed up, 100 per cent. They’re in his head, both of them. They want to control everything about Amir. They’re running the show. They want to run everything in his life. We said fine, carry on with it. We’ve taken a step back.
‘But I don’t know why he stopped talking to us. I have no idea. They keep pumping his head with ‘oh they’ve (Khan family) ripped you off. They say that I’ve robbed him. They’ve turned him against us.’
Shah revealed that the current spat stemmed from last November when Amir went to Saudi Arabia with his wife to perform Umrah, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
While there, Amir exchanged some social media messages with his youngest sister Mariyah which, Shah claims, ‘were not nice.’
He added: ‘I couldn’t see Amir sending those messages but they did come from his phone, so I wanted to know if he’d sent them. I thought when he gets back, I’ll ask him, face to face but we’ve not faced each other since then.’
The Khan family publicly fell out in 2016 and 2017 amid a scathing war of words between Faryal and her in laws which was widely played out in the media. She accused them of bullying and violence while they branded her ‘evil’ and labelled her a bad mother.
The dispute prompted Amir to announce that he was divorcing his wife but they reunited after she revealed that she was pregnant with their second child. The couple have two children Lamisah, aged five and one-year old Alayna.
Amir, aged 32 and New York born beautician and model Faryal, aged 27, married six years ago in a ceremony that cost more than £1 million.
Shah said: ‘I thought it was all sorted. Faryal came into my office, apologised and said, ‘I was wrong.’ She said it’d never happen again. We put things behind us and moved on. But I look back now and think it was all a load of bull.
‘For a while we were a happy family. When Amir was on ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ I’d call her up to come over and watch him on television with us. We thought what’s happened has happened, you move on and hopefully you never make the same mistake again.
‘But obviously people had different agendas otherwise we would not be in this position today.’
Despite burying the hatchet following their high profile fall out, Shah said: ‘Deep down, I don’t think she (Faryal) ever liked me.’
Shah revealed that he was forced to speak out this time following recent media reports suggesting that Amir was selling his £1.2million Bolton home and was house hunting in Berkshire with Faryal and their two children to get away from his family and ‘save his marriage.’
Shah protested: ‘That really annoyed me. I’d like him (Amir) to tell me what’s the family saying to you? The family has been doing its own thing for the past six months. We’ve not even spoken to the guy so what the hell is his problem. The family’s not saying anything to him.
‘The bottom line is that Amir’s mother-in-law and and wife want him as far away from his family as possible. They don’t want any of us around him. It’s up to him, if that’s what they want, fine, be happy. I’ve no problem with it. It annoys you, upsets you, but fine.’
Shah claimed that the fall out extends to the wider family, who number around 60 and get together regularly for religious and other occasions. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is currently taking place, culminating in the festival of Eid next month, where another major celebration will take place amongst the Khans. Amir is not expected to attend with his family.
Shah said: ‘Maybe I’m bad, I’m wrong, his mother’s wrong. Is his brother wrong, is his sister wrong, is his uncle wrong, his auntie, nephews, nieces, are they all wrong? Not one member of his family is close to him, not one member of his family was at the last fight.’
Describing his son as ‘being under the thumb’ Shah fumed: ‘I don’t know what the heck his wife and her mother have done to him. But that’s not the Amir I know. I don’t know where his mind is.’
Shah maintained that he is still seething from an incident late last November after his wife Falak was rushed to hospital with an anxiety attack following a heated telephone conversation with Faryal’s mother, Kausar Zia.
He was so incensed at the time that he took a photograph of her being carried out of an ambulance, which he sent to Amir.
Shah said: ‘We thought Falak was having a heart attack. I sent a photograph of her on a stretcher to Amir with the message ‘Amir, thanks mate.’
‘To this day, he has not rung up to ask how she is or visited her. That shocked me. I thought what has she done that’s so bad that he can’t even be bothered to ring his mother and ask, ‘how are you?’
‘Which son or daughter doesn’t pick the phone up when they see their parent coming out of an ambulance?’
Kausar Zia spends most of her time living with Amir and Faryal at their four-bedroom bungalow, helping to look after their two children but Shah has accused her of meddling in his family’s affairs.
He said: ‘Faryal’s mother spends more time in the UK than USA. Her husband is there, her life is there, so I ask, what are you doing here? She’s got a son as well. You’ve got a son, you’ve got a husband. Shouldn’t you be spending time with your family?
‘At the end of the day she should stay out of it, it’s got nothing to do with her, it’s none of her business. OK, it’s her daughter but she’s married now, let her live her life, give her privacy. It’s a mother’s job to raise the kids, not a mother-in-law.’
Amir has earned an estimated £23 million through boxing and his father claims that the dispute with his son has been generated because of an attempt to control his wealth.
He said: ‘This is all about money and greed. I hear from people that Faryal said this, or her mother said that, stuff about me being nothing and that Amir made me or that I’ve been cheating him.
‘Money breaks up families and sadly, this is happening to us.’
Shah also fears that his son’s golden years in the ring might be over, blaming Faryal, who has recently taken over managing parts of his boxing career. Amir lost his last fight to Terence Crawford in New York last month.
Shah, aged 58, who used to manage his son, said: ‘Not one member of our family was at the last fight. None of them were invited, I didn’t even get a call. This was the worst fight that he’s boxed in his whole career, including amateurs.
‘They (Faryal and her mother) are doing his head in, he’s not all there because of what’s going on in his head.
‘I saw stuff on social media from Amir saying my wife looked after my diet, she looked after my training camp, she looked after my sparring, she cooked for me. She can’t boil an egg, never mind cook for you.’
Following the defeat to Crawford, Shah messaged his son asking how he was, the only contact he has had with him during the past six months.
Amir messaged back, saying: Yh not bad. No injuries. Arm was little sore but everything else ok.’
Shah once enjoyed a close bond with Amir and urged him to remember the early days of his boxing career, which his father helped to launch.
Shah said: ‘How d’you think Amir got to where he is today? I had a garage, I also drove taxis part time at weekends then I’d finish work at 3am and at 9am I’d pick him up and take him to a championship somewhere, across the country.
‘I’m disappointed that Amir can’t see it himself. He can’t see what’s been done for him. I don’t need to tell him. He should know who he is and who’s got him to where he is today.’
Amir and Faryal have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.