After months of speculation of his relationship with a woman other than his wife, director Syamsul Yusof has finally admitted that he has gotten married to actress Ira Kazar, 27, in Thailand.
The Mat Kilau director said Ira's father, actor Kazar Saisi, was present as the bride's guardian at the wedding.
The 38-year-old shared his new marital status via a video on Instagram on Friday (Jan 6).
Syamsul also said that he is, legally, still the husband of Puteri Sarah Liyana, whom he married on March 8, 2014. They share two children – six-year-old Syaikhul Islam, and Summayyah, four.
"I want to explain all of this and put an end (to all this talk). Although I don't believe my relationship matters should be discussed on social media, it has come to this. What can I do," he stated in the video.
Syamsul's relationship with Ira has been gossip fodder for most of last year (2022). At one point of time, Puteri Sarah, 37, went on social media to expose Ira as the other woman and the cause for the rift in her marriage.
"I want to confirm that Ira and I are legally married, in the presence of her father, Kazar, in Thailand. We decided to get married in Thailand to simplify certain things," Syamsul said in the video.
Syamsul added that he hopes that his first wife Puteri Sarah will come home so they can sort out their marital issues that's been brewing for months.
"Puteri Sarah is still my wife. I hope Sarah will come home so we can sort out our problems. There is no need to publicise on social media and shame others.
"As it is, she took off with our children without the husband's permission. I don't want people to say that I am not fulfilling my duty as a husband."
Puteri Sarah claimed via Insta-story back in April 2022 that Ira has been trying to come between her and her husband since 2019. She further alleged that Ira plagued her life by harassing her with hurtful comments using fake accounts on social media.
Unable to cope with the mental stress, Puteri Sarah felt she had no choice but to expose “the homewrecker” after putting up with it for so long.