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Kamahl reveals the ‘secret addiction’ that cost him his marriage of 55 years

Kamahl reveals the ‘secret addiction’ that cost him his marriage of 55 years as he admits his relationship with wife Sahodra ‘was made in heaven, but the weather changed’


Kamahl spoke about the ‘secret addiction’ that cost him his marriage of 55 years during a tell-all interview with A Current Affair on Thursday.

The 87-year-old singer revealed an addiction to social media prompted his wife Sahodra to leave him.   

‘I was isolated with my computer,’ he admitted, revealing he’d spend up to five hours a day on social media.

Coming clean: Kamahl spoke about the ‘secret addiction’ that cost him his marriage of 55 years during a tell-all interview with A Current Affair on Thursday

He added: ‘I’m consumed with politics. I’m tweeting from morning until night, and I’m paying a terrible price for it.’  

Kamahl also revealed his wife struggled to come to terms with his fame and the fact that he would spend up to six months a year away from home.  

‘I think she was sick and tired, and frustrated,’ he said of his wife’s decision to walk away from their marriage. 

Costly: The 87-year-old singer revealed an addiction to social media prompted his wife Sahodra to leave him. Pictured together at a premiere in Sydney in February 2009

Costly: The 87-year-old singer revealed an addiction to social media prompted his wife Sahodra to leave him. Pictured together at a premiere in Sydney in February 2009

Speaking about their relationship, he added: ‘Ours was made in heaven, but the weather changed.’ 

But Kamahl insisted he didn’t hold any animosity towards his wife, and said ‘she is the saint, I am the sinner’. 

The Hey Hey It’s Saturday star shared the sad news of the split on Monday, telling New Idea he’s praying the breakup is ‘only temporary’.  

'I was isolated with my computer,' he admitted, revealing he'd spend up to five hours a day on social media

‘I was isolated with my computer,’ he admitted, revealing he’d spend up to five hours a day on social media

‘She really is the wind beneath my wings. I now realise I probably wasn’t the most attentive husband. Fame can do that – it can distract you from what really matters,’ he said.

‘But I’m keeping everything crossed we can work through this rough patch, as she really is my everything,’ he added.

The Malaysian-born star – whose real name is Kandiah Kamalesvaran – has moved out of the marital home and is living alone at a country club in Sydney’s northern beaches.

'I think she was sick and tired, and frustrated,' he said of his wife's decision to walk away from their marriage. Pictured together at a premiere in Sydney in August 2006

‘I think she was sick and tired, and frustrated,’ he said of his wife’s decision to walk away from their marriage. Pictured together at a premiere in Sydney in August 2006

Kamahl said he regrets taking his wife’s ‘graciousness for granted’ and wishes he’d given her ‘more hugs’ during their long marriage.

The estranged couple remain close, however, regularly meeting up for dinner: ‘She still cooks me her unbelievably delicious lamb shanks every fortnight.’  

Kamahl married Sahodra in 1967 without the approval of his family, and they share two adult children, musician Rajan, 52, and singer Rani, 50.  

'I'm consumed with politics. I'm tweeting from morning until night, and I'm paying a terrible price for it,' he confessed. Pictured at a premiere in Sydney in January 2019

‘I’m consumed with politics. I’m tweeting from morning until night, and I’m paying a terrible price for it,’ he confessed. Pictured at a premiere in Sydney in January 2019

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