Gossipmongers and people who would like to forget that it’s only Wednesday, have we got news for you!
Well, we are calling it news, but it is more aptly described as another installment of the she said/sources say/she posted/she said again saga of the former Agong, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, and his one-time Russian bride, Oksana Voevodina.
You remember – he took “sick leave” from his duties as Agong, turned up a couple months later at a Moscow wedding as the featured groom, saucy photos of his new bride were leaked, Oksana got pregnant, Sultan Muhammad V abdicated, Oksana gave birth, Sultan Muhammad V divorced Oksana by talak (uttering “divorce” three times) allegedly without her knowledge?
For the record, the timeline of these events ran from October 2018 to early June of this year. It was a dramatic few months for the pair.
Well, then things got interesting.
Yesterday, the former Russian beauty queen gave an interview to the proverbial piece of discarded gum on a Fleet Street shoe, The Daily Mail, alleging that since going AWOL before she had even given birth to their baby, Leon Ismail, the Sultan has not provided for his son’s expensive arrival into the world.
As a result, she was forced to pawn her engagement ring to settle debts that she had racked up giving birth to their child in Switzerland. According to Ms. Voevodina, she almost lost her baby, something that she echoed in a pregnant glamour-shot she uploaded to Instagram along with a post describing drips (“droppers?”) in each arm in June.
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It was the most important and, at the same time, the most difficult period in my life. The last three months of pregnancy I spent in hospitals, staying in bed with droppers in my both hands. I had too many difficulties with pregnancy. The support of my closest people and my love for my son and Faith in the best helped me in that not simple time. Alhamdulillah for the safe outcome of pregnancy. Это был самый важный и, в то же время, самый сложный период в моей жизни. Последние три месяца беременности я провела в больницах, на капельницах, при полном постельном режиме, с множеством осложнений. Помогли поддержка близких и моя любовь к сыну и Вера в лучшее. И спасибо всевышнему за благополучный исход беременности.
It was not immediately clear why Oksana chose to have the baby in Switzerland: Malaysia has a heavily subsidized, modern public health program, along with several private hospital options, and in her native Russia, citizens have access to free health care.
A Swiss-born baby she had, and she woefully told the DM that she was forced to sell her ring for three times less than the cost it was purchased at.
“He [the Sultan] abandoned her (at four months pregnant), and she had to pay medical costs so she did not lose the baby,” a friend told the paper.
Calling out her former husband as an alleged dead-beat dad is the latest move from Oksana’s camp, after she was accused by Malaysian royal sources of being a “gold-digger.”
Palace whispers claim she is seeking a US$9.8 million (RM41 million) home in London, a US$1.5 million (RM6.1 million) Moscow apartment, along with a US$30,000 (RM123,000) monthly allowance to cover the costs of their son.
“Who does she think I am… Bill Gates?,” the Sultan is alleged to have fumed.
No sir. Respectfully, if you were Bill Gates, we’d have to assume that you invented something so major, it’s impacted almost every human in the developed and developing world, and then also poured billions into charity projects. She probably doesn’t think you’re Bill Gates — just someone lucky enough to have been born into the world’s most well-know institutionalized form of nepotism, the hereditary monarchy.
Sultan Muhammad V has previously claimed that he is the poorest sultan of the Malaysian confederation, a pauper among the princes as it were.
However, this is something that sources who have spoken to Russian paper Komsomolskaya Pravda deny, saying that he has splashed out on yachts, Ibiza parties, owns property around the world, has a fleet of 90 luxury cars, and spends up to US$61 million (RM256 million) per year.
Komsomolskaya Pravda clarified that Oksana and her son live in a rented apartment, and that the Sultan has not purchased any abode for his former wife and son.
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I gave my first interview to clarify our situation with the divorce. I haven’t seen my husband since last December. He is hiding from me and our son and unfortunately he is the one who is making the public scandal. I would like to apologize for his behavior… Hope he will think about his reputation and will stop all this fightings. Faris, you are a father and you are a Royal- please, think of what you do. Thank you for attention Love all of you ❤️❤️❤️
Ms. Voevodina gave an on-camera interview to the DM while visiting their offices, explaining that she had been raising their son alone, with help from her family. She pleaded that while their union was short-lived, the Sultan should have a relationship with his son.
Although the Sultan’s Singapore-based lawyer once claimed that divorce proceedings were initialized due to questions over the baby’s paternity, sources close to the former King now say that it was her insatiable courting of media attention that drove the couple apart.
Oksana has denied these claims, and has also refused to submit her baby’s blood for a DNA test.
When asked about her future plans, she told the rag that while she was looking to put her degree in “International Marketing” to use, she was also preparing to launch her own YouTube channel, where she would tell the good people of the internet how she was raising her son.
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Kisah berkenalan kami. Bahagian 3: Sejak pertama kali saya lihat suami saya, saya tak tahu kenapa tapi dalam fikiran saya, saya yakin dia adalah bapa kepada anak-anak saya dimasa depan. Tapi ketika itu, saya cepat-cepat buang perasaan tu sebab masih terlalu awal. Sebelum suami saya pulang ke Malaysia, saya ada bertanya sama ada dia telah berkahwin atau mempunyai anak – dia memberitahu bahawa dia sudah bercerai pada tahun 2015 kerana bekas isterinya dari Czech Republic telah berbohong bahawa wanita itu tidak mempuntai ikatan perkahwinan dan mengikut dokumen yang ada, wanita itu tidak bercerai dinegaranya pada waktu itu. Suami saya berkongsi bahawa wanita itu selalu menggunakannya bagi mendapatkan wang dan bukannya berusaha mendapatkan zuriat. Suami saya memberitahu, dia tidak pernah mempunyai anak dan itulah impian terbesar dalam hidupnya. Ketika kami tiba di Malaysia, suami saya berdiri di hadapan saya dengan pakaian yang saya tak pernah lihat iaitu tradisional Melayu, saya sempat bertanya kenapa dia pakaiannya kelihatan pelik, tiba-tiba dia membentangkan sejadah untuk solat dan sesudah itu dia berdoa. Itu kali pertama saya lihat orang Islam solat. Selepas suami saya selesai solat, dia saya memberitahu satu hari nanti dia akan mengajar saya segala-galanya mengenai Islam. Bersambung lagi…
Oksana continues to post to her Instagram account, offering images of she and the Sultan in happier times, pregnancy photos, and even a message of condolence to her son’s grandfather, Sultan Ismail Petra, who passed away late last month, in her feed. It’s a concerted PR move, with most of her posts being written in impeccable Malay neither we, nor most of our friends, nor the mighty Google translate could ever muster.
WHO IS HELPING THIS WOMAN?! Hit us up kl at coconuts dot co with the gossip.