Riz Ahmed made the surprise revelation this week that he’s officially a married man.
The actor first made the announcement of his nuptials on the January 11 episode of Louis Theroux‘s podcast “Grounded,” withholding the name of his new wife. Ahmed accidentally spilled the bean on his relationship while telling the host that he’s been in California since he finished wrapping his new film Sound of Metal last year because his “wife’s family” is from the Bay Area. This declaration prompted Theroux to ask how long the actor has been married as he “didn’t realize” the actor wasn’t single. “Not very long, actually,” Ahmed replied. “It’s the first time I’ve ever mentioned it in an interview. So, congratulations on this incredibly exciting scoop. I mean, I guess I don’t really feel it’s generally that relevant, so I don’t delve into my personal life or my dating history or even family life much.”
But while the Emmy winner kept his cards close to his chest during his conversation with Theroux, during an appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday he was much more forthcoming about the matrimonial affair. Ahmed disclosed that he wed best-selling novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza, adding that he wasn’t trying to keep his new bride a secret. “It’s a weird one, isn’t it? I guess because we live in a social media age if you don’t, like, get on the megaphone about stuff it’s like it’s a secret, but I never know how much is oversharing,” he told Jimmy Fallon. “Like, I’m into matcha lattes, but that’s just never come up. I’m not a secret matcha latte drinker.”
He went on to say that he and Mirza met “randomly” when “We just both sat down at the same table in a cafe where we both turned up to write. We were both jostling over the same laptop plug point, like a very modern way of meeting, and we struck up a friendship and we reconnected down the line.” For the ceremony itself, the actor said they “obviously kept it super intimate and socially distanced. There was just like, hardly anyone there really. We did it in a backyard, which is nice in lots of ways. And I think the nicest thing about it was you didn’t have 500 aunties hanging around you, pinching your cheeks. No disrespect to the aunties.” He added jokingly, “Asian weddings are big. You always got these people crawling out the woodworks, who I think are, kind of, probably imposters. They just smell the kebabs on the street and just wander in.”
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