For the past few days there has been talk on the marriage status of Sultan Muhammad V. Many said that he and Rihana Oksana have gotten a divorce while others disagreed. However, it has been officially confirmed that Sultan Muhammad V and Rihana Oksana are no longer married.
It was just last June that the happy couple were celebrating their marriage together in Moscow. The wedding came as a surprise to many Malaysians. This is because many were unaware that the Sultan of Kelantan was pursuing the Russian beauty queen.
In addition, Sultan Muhammad V then abdicated as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in January this year. This came as a shock to the nation who had never seen a Sultan abdicate before. Many speculated on the reasons behind Sultan Muhammad V stepping down from the throne.
Furthermore, the announcement of their newborn son only came about in June on Rihana’s Instagram account. Their son, Tengku Ismail Leon Petra Tengku Muhammad V Faris Petra, was born on the 21st of May.
Rumours of the couple filing for divorce surfaced in the beginning of June. However, there was much confusion as there was no official statement. Meanwhile, Rihana was continuously posting sweet pictures of the couple on Instagram. The following captions were stories on the couple’s journey.
The divorce was confirmed by Koh Tien Hua who is Sultan Muhammad V’s lawyer. He is from the Singapore-based Eversheds Harry Elias LLP law firm. The letter from the law firm says:
“Please be informed that HRH (His Royal Highness) has irrevocably divorced Ms Rihana Oksana Gorbatenko in June 22, 2019, by three Talaqs in accordance with Syariah laws and the Kelantan Syariah Court has issued a Divorce Certificate dated July 1, 2019, in accordance with the Islamic Family Law Enactment 2002. On behalf of HRH, we request that his privacy be respected.”
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Saya sedang menulis dan saya tidak dapat menahan air mata dari mengalir…dan saya rasa tidak perlu untuk menahannya, kerana ia adalah tangisan kegembiraan dan kesyukuran! Saya masih tidak percaya yang saya menerima bergitu banyak mesej yang baik daripada anda semua. Daripada seluruh pelusuk dunia! Dan sudah tentu saya mahu beritahu kepada semua rakyat Malaysia: anda semua berjiwa besar, kerana menerima dan menyokong saya – seorang wanita dari negara asing dan membesar dengan budaya berbeza. Saya sangat bangga darah Malaysia mengalir dalam anak saya dan saya akan lakukan apa sahaja untuk dia membesar selayaknya dengan kasih anda semua. Dalam hidup saya, saya terpaksa menghadapi pelbagai jenis kejahatan, tipu daya dan hasad dengki. Tetapi anda meyakinkan saya bahawa masih ada kebaikan di dunia ini. Kalaulah saya berpeluang, saya mahu memeluk anda semua dengan kegembiraan . Sokongan dan dorongan anda semua amat berharga bagi saya. Mesej masuk tidak henti-henti, saya akan terus berkongsi kisah hidup saya dengan ikhlas dan jujur. Semoga Allah memberkati anda semua, kawan-kawanku! P.S. Hari ini genap 2 bulan umur Leon. Terus membesar dan bahagia si cilik duniaku.❤️
In a moving post, Rihana shared a few pictures of her and her baby with a heartfelt caption. She writes about how she is so happy that Malaysians welcomed her with open arms and that she is glad for her time here.