Former Malaysian king and Russian wife have DIVORCED, report claims


The former Malaysian king has divorced his Russian beauty queen wife just weeks after the birth of their son, a report has claimed.

This comes despite the former Miss Moscow and reality TV star saying how happy she is in her fairy-tale marriage in recent social media postings.

The surprise wedding of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, 50, and Rihana Oksana Voevodina, 27, in the Russian capital last November had stunned Malaysians.

But now a divorce certificate indicates the former king, who quit the monarchy after revelations over his wife’s ‘sex in the pool’ antics in a reality TV show, has ended the relationship.

The divorce was registered as final on July 1, the New Straits Times reported today in Kuala Lumpur.

The certificate, bearing the Kelantan state crest, indicates that the divorce was done through the utterance of the word ‘talak’ three times – the most severe and irreversible form of divorce in Islam. 

The former beauty queen has posted recently and regularly on Instagram including captions describing their blossoming family and love for her husband Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan

The former beauty queen has posted recently and regularly on Instagram including captions describing their blossoming family and love for her husband Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan 

The certificate, bearing the Kelantan state crest, indicates that the divorce was done through the utterance of the word 'talak' three times - the most severe and irreversible form of divorce in Islam. It is in her original surname - Gorbatenko.

The certificate, bearing the Kelantan state crest, indicates that the divorce was done through the utterance of the word ‘talak’ three times – the most severe and irreversible form of divorce in Islam. It is in her original surname – Gorbatenko.

She posted her first Instagram photo in early June, announcing: 'Welcome to my Official Instagram page. I will be happy to share with you the moments of my life. Greetings to all of you and thank you for your support!'

She posted her first Instagram photo in early June, announcing: ‘Welcome to my Official Instagram page. I will be happy to share with you the moments of my life. Greetings to all of you and thank you for your support!’

The certificate is the copy given to the wife, it is claimed. It is in her original surname – Gorbatenko.

The date of the divorce was listed as June 22 and it was marked as taking place in Singapore. The couple’s son was born on May 21.

The couple wed on June 7 last year in a Muslim ceremony which was not made public. Their relationship came to light when they held a lavish second wedding in a Moscow concert hall.

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So far there is no comment on social media from the Russian bride.

There was speculation in January that the marriage was foundering which was denied by her father Andrei Gorbatenko, an orthopaedic surgeon, who said: ‘It’s nonsense. I do not read the Internet, but I would have been the first to know.’

The Kelantan palace has not commented on the divorce reports.

Oksana in her Miss Moscow days in 2015 - there had been rumours of marital strife reported widely in Russian media during her pregnancy but she had appeared to put those to bed on social media

Oksana shared this image with her arms draped around Sultan Muhammad V and writing in the caption about how they first met in Spring 2017

Oksana in her Miss Moscow days in 2015 (left) and in a recent social media post covered in diamond jewels (right) – there had been rumours of marital strife reported widely in Russian media during her pregnancy but she had appeared to put those to bed on Instagram

Oksana's Instagram displays her life of luxury in Kuala Lumpur and her collection of diamond rings and tiaras

Oksana’s Instagram displays her life of luxury in Kuala Lumpur and her collection of diamond rings and tiaras

Oksana shared this image on her Instagram early in June, writing: 'Family and children are the most important things in this life. Take care of each other'

Oksana shared this image on her Instagram early in June, writing: ‘Family and children are the most important things in this life. Take care of each other’

Oksana posted this picture of her pushing her son Leo in his pram in a Malaysian palace last month, writing: 'Leo eats every 2.5 - 3 hours, he sleeps good, especially when it is fresh air outside and he enjoys cuddling very much. Actually he is wonderful and very calm child'

Oksana posted this picture of her pushing her son Leo in his pram in a Malaysian palace last month, writing: ‘Leo eats every 2.5 – 3 hours, he sleeps good, especially when it is fresh air outside and he enjoys cuddling very much. Actually he is wonderful and very calm child’

But on Wednesday it issued a a statement rebuking the practice of referring to certain individuals as ‘Permaisuri of Kelantan’, ‘Raja Perempuan Kelantan’, ‘Sultanah Kelantan’ or ‘Queen of Kelantan’ without official approval from the palace.

This was seen as hitting back at reports referring to Oksana – also called Rihana – as a ‘queen’ or other royal titles.

The New Straits Times reported: ‘The cause of the couple’s divorce remains the subject of speculation, although a copy of the divorce certificate that was circulating online — confirmed by a source to be genuine — seems to hint at a serious matter because it was a ‘talak tiga’ divorce.

‘Also known as talaq baayin, or the irrevocable divorce, it is the most severe divorce in Islam.’

In a recent post the ex-Miss Moscow writes in English and Russian that she believes her son, born in May, will one day become ‘king of Malaysia’.

Oksana shared this picture in May, writing: '21 May 2019 - the Day, when my life was divided into "before" and "after". Everything that I was told about the changes occurring with a woman after the birth of a baby is true. This love is special'

Oksana shared this picture in May, writing: ’21 May 2019 – the Day, when my life was divided into ‘before’ and ‘after’. Everything that I was told about the changes occurring with a woman after the birth of a baby is true. This love is special’

In a separate posting in local language Malay, she says her son should be the future king of Kelantan – the province where her husband is ruler despite his abdication of the national throne.

She last posted a picture with her husband on July 6 – and is also seen pushing a pram with her baby in a Malaysian palace.

She also gave apparently warm details – not previously revealed – of their meeting.

But she made one posting on June 9 that could be seen as ambiguous – or high critical of her husband.

She wrote: ‘The man who really loves his woman will do everything for his beloved one. Love and taking care is the base for strong and healthy relationship.

‘A good husband will always support and be nice with his wife. Always is interested how does she feel and takes care of her, if she is tired.

She has continued to share glamorous photos from their wedding which took place in the Russian capital on November 22 last year

She has continued to share glamorous photos from their wedding which took place in the Russian capital on November 22 last year

Pictures posted to her Instagram account have been accompanied by captions describing how the pair met in the spring of 2017 and their subsequent romance

Pictures posted to her Instagram account have been accompanied by captions describing how the pair met in the spring of 2017 and their subsequent romance

Royal wedding: Oksana Voevodina, 27, married Malaysia's Muhammad V of Kelantan, 50, in a lavish royal wedding ceremony in the Russian capital in November last year

Royal wedding: Oksana Voevodina, 27, married Malaysia’s Muhammad V of Kelantan, 50, in a lavish royal wedding ceremony in the Russian capital in November last year

‘Always 100% keeps his promises. Always takes responsibility for the family and doesn’t put this responsibility on his wife’s shoulders.

‘During pregnancy he would give his wife increased attention, gifts and care. Relationships are based on how can people support and understand each other.

‘Family is the result of the work of two people who can give love gratuitously.’

Initially this posting was seen as praising her husband, but in the light of the divorce report – which is seen as genuine in Malaysia – her words can be seen as a barbed criticism of his failings.

Early in the New Year, Sultan Muhammad V (pictured) abdicated, a shock move that was linked by some reports to his controversial marriage

Early in the New Year, Sultan Muhammad V (pictured) abdicated, a shock move that was linked by some reports to his controversial marriage

The pair wed at an alcohol-free ceremony at an elite concert hall in the upscale Moscow suburb of Barvikha on November 22 last year. Earlier she had converted to Islam

The pair wed at an alcohol-free ceremony at an elite concert hall in the upscale Moscow suburb of Barvikha on November 22 last year. Earlier she had converted to Islam

There were reports that the Russian (pictured), who has also worked as a model in China and Thailand, was expecting their first child

There were reports that the Russian (pictured), who has also worked as a model in China and Thailand, was expecting their first child

 The wedding was alcohol free and all food was halal. The king was dressed in Malaysian national clothes, and the bride wore a white wedding dress

 The wedding was alcohol free and all food was halal. The king was dressed in Malaysian national clothes, and the bride wore a white wedding dress

Oksana's marriage was rumoured to be on the rocks after footage of her allegedly having sex on Russian reality TV emerged

Oksana’s marriage was rumoured to be on the rocks after footage of her allegedly having sex on Russian reality TV emerged

Russian actress Yana Samsuddin asked Voevodina online: ‘Hiye, queen, we heard rumours u guys separated….Is this true?’

The former beauty queen did not reply but another commenter claiming to be a palace inside said the king dropped her after videos and details of their relationship hit the Russian media.

‘He didn’t like it,’ said the posting.

She is described as a ‘leech’ who wanted to put on a ‘glass slipper that doesn’t belong to her.’   



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