Amir Khan’s wife says she has forgiven him for cheating on her during marriage

The wife of boxer Amir Khan has revealed she has forgiven him for cheating on her during their marriage.

Faryal Makhdoom, who started ­dating the sports star in 2011, now has three children with her husband and says the pair are finally happy after their "ups and downs".

But their marriage has been dogged by cheating rumours, most recently in 2018 when it was reported Amir, 34, had a one-night stand with a 22-year-old beautician just 17 days after his wife gave birth to their second child.

Faryal, who is from New York and met her husband through a mutual friend, says: "We've moved on from it. Amir was so famous and so young when I first started dating him and married him.

"We've just forgotten about all that negativity because we've made good memories, we've changed and grown and we're older than we were before.

"Everyone has ups and downs in their marriages, but Amir and I just want to look forward now and let the past be the past."

The couple has lifted the lid on their relationship as they prepare for the launch of their new BBC reality ­series, Meet The Khans: Big In Bolton.

They're hoping to ape the success of reality TV programmes such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, saying they decided to do the show to give viewers an insight into their ­family life in the northern town where Amir was born.

"Faryal and I used to watch a lot of those types of reality TV shows, and I really liked them," says Amir. "What I enjoyed about them is that you get to see what the people in them are really like.

"People always see the glam side of us, and me in the gym, but they never see me away from that with my family and children.

"On social media, I never post me trying to cook or hoover the floor, or Faryal without make-up on and wearing her sweatpants but you'll see that in the show.

"For us, this series is a new way of engaging with our fans and showing them the real side of us."

Meet The Khans was filmed last summer, and in the programme the pair say lockdown was the longest amount of time they had spent together as a family.

"Normally, we are travelling all over the place, or I'm in the gym training and fighting," says former I'm A Celeb star Amir.

Lockdown gave us a chance to spend time at home with the kids, and it was great that we were able to film this period."

In the series, Faryal, 29, says before meeting Amir she had planned to apply for law school and become a lawyer. When she was introduced to him, she was in her last year of studying for a degree in political science and journalism.

But Faryal, who has a huge 905,000 followers on Instagram and is believed to have netted at least £100,000 through lucrative sponsorship deals and social media posts, doesn't regret turning her back on her original ­career choice.

She says: "I do feel sometimes that I married quite young, but I was so in love and it was hard to have a long-distance relationship.

"I still work and I do make more than a lawyer would. I'm a businesswoman, not just Amir's wife."

But Faryal has had to deal with ­online trolling due to her influencer work, and uses the show to talk about the effect this has had on her mental health.

She says: "I do touch on mental health and these comments that I get on social media where people judge me for whatever they see me as.

"I am quite thick-skinned and strong, but it does affect me.

"People tell me that I look rude and mean, and that's not what I'm like. I never really smile on there because it's a straight fashion look I'm going for.

"Amir and I think mental health is important and it's good to be open about it. I want to use my experiences to help build confidence in other young girls that feel it and shy away from talking about it."

In Meet The Khans, Faryal reveals her love of designer clothes and wardrobe just for shoes, showing off a pair of £2,000 heels.

Yet Amir – who is worth a massive £22.5million – claims money doesn't mean anything to him. The pair don't have reservations about what viewers will think about their lavish living when they see the show.

"At the end of the day, in my job I'm always one punch away from getting hurt, so I like to treat myself and my wife," says Amir.

"However, I do respect money and do a lot of charity work.

"Since I was young, my parents were always giving to causes and more recently I've gone to orphanages and places in Africa.

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"When you see how people live out there you realise how fortunate you are. That gave me a wake-up call and humbled me."

Faryal adds: "Look, everyone loves a bit of fashion and designer clothes, but we are a normal family trying to juggle raising children.

"In Meet The Khans we are completely honest and we can't really apologise for who we are. At the end of the day, people judge us anyway."

Meet The Khans: Big in Bolton is showing from Sunday on BBC Three and Monday at 10.45pm on BBC One.

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