Going by Sunanda Pushkar’s tweets over the last few days, not all was right with the couple even before the Mehr Tarar-controversy erupted on Janurary 15.
On January 12, Khaleej Times, an English daily of the United Arab Emirates, reported an incident in which Pushkar had misbehaved with a journalist with the same publication, when the latter was interviewing Tharoor.
The couple was in Dubai to attend a wedding.
The interview, arranged by a public relations firm, was happening at a private dinner party, when Pushkar reportedly barged in and sought an end to the interview.
"You really need to stop this!" she was quoted as saying. "This is why I hate the media," she reportedly screamed.
According to the Khaleej Times report, Tharoor was taken by surprise and quickly slipped into the shadows. "The normally unflappable minister seemed lost for words, the outburst from Sunanda — heard by all within earshot — catching him clearly by surprise," the report said.
According to the newspaper, after the report went viral, several tweets were sent out to both Tharoor and Pushkar enquiring about the article, following which Pushkar tweeted: "some Journos!! Tell them to take an interview at a decent hour not at a family dinner means a Hissy fit? I had even slotted a time the next day despite Shashi not wanting to do it. this is the gratitude I get? (sic)"
The public relations firm which had organised the interview was apologetic and admitted Sunanda had stepped out of line, while thanking this reporter for not responding to her insults and verbal assault, the Khaleej Times report said.
In a Twitter post on January 14, Pushkar replied to a Twitter user who had questioned whether she was justified in “abusing a journalist.”
Pushkar posted: “normally I wouldn't have replied to this but as u used the word 'abuse 'I shall I DID NOT abuse (sic).”