‘Ev­ery­thing is okay be­tween my wife and me’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

EVER since the cheat­ing ru­mour sur­faced ear­lier this year, ac­tor Aqasha has been ly­ing low and keep­ing mum.

Based on the gos­sip, the fa­ther of two was said to have been two-tim­ing his wife, Baizura Sabri, with a fel­low ac­tress.

Aqasha fi­nally broke his si­lence re­cently, con­firm­ing that his re­la­tion­ship with his wife re­mains good.

“The con­tro­versy did not af­fect our mar­riage. Ev­ery­thing is okay be­tween us,” he said at the press con­fer­ence for TV3 and TV9’s se­lec­tion of Ra­madan pro­grammes at Man­darin Ori­en­tal Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

It all started when Baizura posted a screen cap­ture of Aqasha’s text con­ver­sa­tion with his co-star Rita Ru­daini in the TV drama se­ries Misi Laksa & Lak­sam, which seemed “a lit­tle too friendly” be­tween col­leagues.

The two stars played a mar­ried cou­ple in the drama.

This is not the first time they starred to­gether. They were in­volved in TV2’s drama se­ries Jan­gan Bunuh Mata­hariku for two sea­sons in 2010 and 2011, and TV3’s tele­movie Oh! Haram in 2011.

Baizura’s post­ing had cre­ated a com­mo­tion on so­cial me­dia with most Ne­ti­zens tak­ing her side, ac­cus­ing Aqasha, whose real name is Firdee Akassya Rosli, of cheat­ing.

When prod fur­ther, he said it was never his style to al­low public per­cep­tion or views on his per­sonal life to af­fect him.

“Why would I want to trou­ble my­self with some­thing that I can’t con­trol? If I had re­acted to them, it would only add fuel to the fire and the mat­ter would only be­come worse,” said the 35-year-old artiste.

Aqasha said that when it came to mat­ters of the heart be­tween him and his wife, he pre­ferred keep­ing them within the mat­ri­mo­nial union.

“I don’t share my per­sonal life with strangers. Oth­ers can say or think what­ever they want, but what I feel in­side is some­thing no one knows.”

He said Malaysians should stop fo­cus­ing on the per­sonal lives of celebri­ties. In­stead, they should be ze­ro­ing in on the work and con­tri­bu­tion of artistes to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“If every­one shows in­ter­est in the per­sonal mat­ters of their favourite artistes, what chance is there for our work to shine?

“As an ac­tor, my re­spon­si­bil­ity is to give my best in my craft,” he said.

When asked if he would ac­cept any more act­ing of­fers which would see him pair­ing up with Rita, Aqasha said there was no rea­son why he should de­cline.

“De­spite the con­tro­versy, as an artiste, one needs to be pro­fes­sional.”

A news­pa­per re­port quoted Rita as say­ing that the screen-cap­tured text mes­sages were noth­ing more than ban­ter be­tween two long-time friends.

Misi Laksa & Lak­sam will be avail­able on www.ton­ton.com.my be­gin­ning May 26. By Bibi Nur­shuhada Ramli

Ac­tor Aqasha says Malaysians should fo­cus on the work and con­tri­bu­tion of artistes to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

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