I like 500 girls is not a sentence you’d expect from a married man, but Shoaib Malik said something like that in an interview. His statement irked countless fans, and many people have had issues with his behaviour for some time now.
Shoaib Malik recently snatched 13,000 runs in Twenty20 (T20) cricket, but he’s always in the news for seemingly wrong reasons. In a recent interview with Shoaib Akhtar, Malik was asked to name five ladies he finds beautiful and gorgeous. Malik responded with “All girls are beautiful. There are 500 and not just five I am fond of”
It’s no wonder Shoaib has been in and out of marriages in the last two decades. Let’s check out the timeline of his relationships to see why his recent viral statement is no slip-up.
Timeline of Shoaib Malik’s Relationships
With Ayesha Siddiqui (8 years)
Shoaib Malik’s marriage to Ayesha Siddiqui is not that popular like his later weddings. However, his union with Ayesha was not free from controversy. The duo got married in 2002 when Shoaib’s career was just taking shape. Ayesha hails from Hyderabad and her marriage to a Pakistani cricketer caused a lot of tongue-wagging at that time.
Controversy will later strike their quiet union when Ayesha accused Shoaib of infidelity. The Pakistani player denied allegations at that time, even after Ayesha filed a police complaint against him.
Ayesha presented marriage clips as proof of her union with Shoaib. It was obvious that their marriage was heading for the rocks in 2010 when mediators had to step in for an amicable split. Eight years later in 2010, Ayesha got an alimony payment of ₹ 15 crores.
With Sania Mirza (13 years)
The world of cricket and tennis came together to witness a historic wedding between professional players Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. The ex-couple exchanged marital vows in a lavish Muslim ceremony in Hyderabad at the Taj Krishna Hotel. Another equally-lavish Walima gathering followed in Sialkot, Pakistan to make the union official.
The love story between two celebrities from Pakistan and India gave many pop blogs lots to talk about for months. Mirza and Malik will get a son from their union, Izhaan Malik, in 2018. All seemed to be going well for the couple until rumours started filtering in about trouble in their once-fairytale union.
Rumours at that time claimed the couple were no longer living together, sparking a seemingly-endless debate about their once-happy marriage. Other rumours claimed Shoaib was openly dating Pakistani actress Sana Javed. These rumours picked up steam in 2023 and it was almost certain that Malik was dating Javed.
Shoaib also shared his birthday wishes for Sana on his social media during this period. Shortly after, Sania Mirza and her now ex-husband removed all their couple photos from all social media channels and updated their bios.
Rumours of their split will subside sometime later in 2023 when Sania and Shoaib hosted their child’s birthday before hosting their signature show Mirza Malik in Dubai. All lingering rumours were confirmed later when both families released a statement saying:
“Sania has always kept her personal life away from the public eye. However, today the need has arisen for her to share that Shoaib and she have been divorced for a few months now. She wishes Shoaib well for his new journey ahead! “At this sensitive period of her life, we would like to request all fans and well-wishers to refrain from indulging in any speculation and to respect her need for privacy.”
It turns out that Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik divorced in 2023 but decided to keep the split quiet. Fans believe Malik’s recent comments forced this joint statement to clear the air and end their union. Sania’s father also confirmed that his daughter initiated the divorce with a ‘khula’ – a traditional Islamic rite that allows Muslim women seek divorce from their husbands.
With Sana Javed (2024–)
Shoaib had divorced Mirza for over a month, but the estranged couple managed to keep their split out of news blogs. Malik’s distasteful comments coupled with his marriage to Sana Javed made his split from Mirza public.
Pictures from Mirza’s wedding to Javed got in public view from January 20, 2024. This will be Malik’s third marriage in 21 years and Sana’s second marriage. Sana Javed was married to a popular singer for three years before they split in 2023.
Sana Javed is a popular actress and has featured in several highly-rated shows throughout her career. She began her acting career in 2012 with an appearance in Shehr-e-Zaat. She has also been part of many fan favourite serials throughout that time.
Other popular works by Malik’s new wife include appearances in Ruswai, Khaani, Dunk, and other great motion pictures. She is a 30-year-old actress and was born in Saudi Arabia.