At a time when Pakistani singer Adnan Sami's second marriage is falling apart with current wife Sabah filing for divorce, the singer has found unexpected and welcome support in his former wife, actress Zeba Bakhtiar.
Zeba, who played the title role in RK Films' Heena, has not only lifted the embargo on their son Azaan's communication with Adnan, she has also given him a clean chit as far as his second wife's charges of physical torture are concerned.
"The whole mess in my domestic life has thawed the ice between me and Zeba. We're today talking regularly. She has offered to send Azaan over any time I need him. My happiest moment was when Zeba said I could be a bad husband on other counts, but never could I be guilty of physical abuse," Adnan told IANS.
Adnan will now be admitting his son into Eton, the world-famous British independent school for boys.
"Yes, Azaan will be going to Eton next year. Both his mother and I agree it'd be the best thing for him," he said.
Though Adnan isn't talking about it, his lawyers have apparently asked Adnan's son to dispute his second wife Sabah's claim to their property in Mumbai.
A non-cognisable offence was registered against Adnan at the Oshiwara police station early this month after Sabah accused him of "mental and physical torture". The Pakistani singer was then summoned to the police station and warned against misbehaving with his wife in future.
All the tension has taken a toll on Adnan's mother Naureen who is going through the worst time possible. Watching her husband suffer physically and her celebrity-son emotionally is a life she had not bargained for.
"But then we never know what's in store," said Naureen. "My son never wanted to re-marry. It was I who persuaded him to set up a new home with Sabah. She's my friend's daughter, so I knew her well. Or so I thought. How was I to know what she had in store for my son?"
The lady puts up a brave front, but the cracks show up in her voice.
"I'd have never guessed my son would be put through this kind of torture and humiliation by his wife. What has my poor son done? What's his crime? That he tried to be a good soon to his parents?
"You know my husband and I never visited our son while he was married the first time. We didn't want his wife to feel we were intruding. But when Adnan remarried and my husband fell ill, we reluctantly came to Mumbai because our son insisted. He wanted to take charge of his father's health? How were we to know all hell would break loose? We just want Adnan to get out of this crisis."