After a number of cryptic Instagram Stories uploaded by Neelofa's family members on Dec 26, netizens started to speculate that the TV host and entrepreneur have run into some relationship troubles with preacher PU Riz.
It all began when Neelofa's siblings and mum shared a similar set of messages on their Instagram accounts, stating: "If someone shows you their true colours, don't try to repaint them."
Then a rejoinder followed: "These posts aren't directed to anyone but if the shoes fit, then WEAR IT CINDERELLA."
On top of that, Neelofa's family members unfollowed PU Riz, or Haris Ismail, on Instagram. Her mum also took down photos of the couple at their merisik ceremony.
These developments lit up Twitter. Later, screenshots of WhatsApp conversations circulating – suggesting that the reason for the family's strong reaction had to do with Neelofa holding a secret wedding, the transfer of RM100,000 to PU Riz and a spell (of minyak pengasih) placed on Neelofa – only fanned the flames further.
On Dec 27, Neelofa decided to clear the air via an Instagram video message, stating that all three aforementioned allegations hurled against her were false.
But what about her relationship status with PU Riz? Neelofa had this to say: "What I can say is, every relationship has its own stories, and it's not nice for me to talk about my family members."
"My family and Haris's family are currently in discussion and we're trying to find a solution. I'd also like to apologise to my family and Haris's family for all that has happened."
"To my family, your support, your love, your advice, I appreciate them sincerely."
Previously, Astro Awani reported that a merisik ceremony (a traditional ceremony where a man visits his potential bride's family) was held on Nov 1 and that Neelofa will tie the knot at the end of March 2021.