25-year-old boxer Amir Khan is getting engaged to his American girlfriend of only six months, Faryal Makhdoom on 29 January.
Now getting engaged just after six months of meeting each other means the couple must have taken some kind of crash course into marriage, so they must be ready and prepared to spend the rest of their lives together right? Well, apart from one little problem, Faryal admitted that she struggles to understand Amir’s strong Bolton accent, so much so that it nearly put a strain on the early stages of their relationship. She told The Sun in the couple’s first interview,
I was used to London accents and thought that’s how everyone spoke in Britain but when Amir opened his mouth it was completely different. It was like he was speaking in a foreign tongue — so I just used to nod, agree with whatever he was talking about and say, ‘Yeah’… He’d say things like ‘daft’ and ‘innit’ and I had no idea what they meant. He’d say, ‘Don’t be daft!’ — and I’d be wondering what ‘daft’ was supposed to be!
Well the future Mrs. Khan had better get used to the northern accent because Amir’s made it clear that the couple will be leaving the bright lights of New York for Bolton… Glam. The proud Boltonian boasted,
I’m going to introduce her to a pasty barm, a cheese and onion pasty stuck inside a roll. And I’ll take her for fish and chips — maybe even an ice cream if she’s lucky!
Despite Amir’s culinary promises, he’s putting an £100,000 engagement ring on Faryal’s finger and throwing her a £150,000, celebrity studded engagement party at the Bolton Wanders’ Reebok Stadium. So yeah, bring on the pasties!