Actor Aliff Aziz agrees to stop working with actress Sophia Albarakbah out of respect for wife

Aliff Aziz and Sophia Albarakbah are currently starring together in the drama, 'Ku Akad Kau Dengan Bismillah'. Photos: Aliff Aziz/Instagram, Sophia Albarakbah/Instagram

Malaysia-based Singaporean actor Aliff Aziz has agreed to stop working with local actress Sophia Albarakbah in future projects, a local news outlet reported.

According to the report, Aliff made the decision out of respect for his wife, singer Bella Astillah, who accused Sophia of allegedly flirting with him despite him being a married man.

“My wife and I had already discussed this issue rationally at home, and I think she wants the best for me.

“I feel that it’s best to respect and agree with Bella. If that decision can restore her faith, confidence and trust in me, I’ll do it,” he said during a press conference for his new drama on Wednesday (Feb 1).

The 31-year-old also told mStar The Star’s Malay language news portal – that he won’t deny the allegations his wife had made on social media as she “wouldn’t make any statement without checking beforehand”.

While Aliff didn’t mention any names, he did say that many “can already guess” who his wife was talking about.

This is because, according to the Jodohku Babysitter star, he is only working on one drama at the moment, and that's Ku Akad Kau Dengan Bismillah, and it's with Sophia.

The actor apologised for “being careless at maintaining his relationship” and “not setting limits” despite being a married man.

He also voiced his hopes for the actress to give an explanation to clear the gossip that’s making rounds among netizens on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.

“I can’t force her but I hope she can give an explanation too. Whatever it is, it’s up to her,” Aliff said.

A screenshot of the WhatsApp chat Bella Astillah posted on her Instagram. Photo: mStarA screenshot of the WhatsApp chat Bella Astillah posted on her Instagram. Photo: mStar

Bella previously revealed on her Instagram account that an actress currently working with her husband had been calling him non-stop everyday and “disrupting their marriage”.

In a now-deleted Instagram post following the press conference, the singer dropped a series of screenshots of WhatsApp conversations between her and Sophia.

In them, she alleges that Sophia admitted to the accusations. Bella also questioned the latter for her absence at the press conference on Wednesday.

Although Sophia is currently keeping mum about this situation, reports say that she failed to attend the Ku Akad Kau Dengan Bismillah press conference due to a "last-minute" film project she had to tend to.

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