What on earth has happened to Salim Mehajer and his beautiful wife Aysha’s fairytale marriage? It was only 11 months ago that the pair made national headlines for their extravagant and over the top wedding. Remember the line of Ferrari’s, the helicopters and the bikie brigade? What about the “must watch” video posted on YouTube that re-created the first moment Salim laid eyes on Aysha? Or what about when they closed an entire street to make room for their celebrations? I’m all for memorable weddings, but their wedding in August last year seemed more about making a statement rather than celebrating the love, respect and affection of two people.
But it wasn’t just the ostentatious wedding that left so many people bewildered and concerned. When Aysha first met Salim around 2008, her name was April Learmonth. She was a blonde haired, freckle nosed beautician who worked for a salon in Illawarra. She was a lovely young woman who had many friends and seemed to enjoy her life. Coincidently, from the moment she met Salim, April began to change. Her hair colour and style changed, even her facial features seemed to have changed, she also changed her career, her religion and then her name. By the time she wed Salim last year, she was completely transformed and bared no resemblance to the young career-woman she once was.
Now there is absolutely nothing wrong or unusual about a young woman experimenting with her looks. I have had a few different colours myself over the years, and there is nothing wrong or unusual about changing your religion. A new hobby, change of job, most of us have done something similar. The problem here is that April, oops I meant Aysha, did it all… and more! And according to an article from The Daily Mail in August last year, she did it for one man, Salim. And it wasn’t just her change of appearance that I found bothersome…
Remember Salim Mehajer’s media conference, when he wanted to share his desire and ambition to one day run the country? Oh yes, that event also made headlines didn’t it?! There was one issue that didn’t get as much media coverage as I would have expected, and that was his treatment of Aysha. When 9 news reporter Renae Henry asked Salim “So you want her to stand next to you, at the podium?” his response was “Yeh, why not?” But then he quickly changed his mind “Probably step back though, like 2 metres” said Salim as he pointed at the ground. Aysha’s response, when Salim raised his arm to point to a place where he wanted her to stand, Aysha leaned away from him. Why? What did she think he was going to do?
Since then the pair has been rather quiet, that was until earlier this year when the media suspected Aysha had left the love nest. But that speculation has turned into more concern when it was revealed today Aysha had obtained an AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) against Salim. But it seems Salim is not happy with some of the conditions of the court document and that he wishes to oppose two issues – being able to be within 50m of where she works and lives, and not contacting her by any means. Hmmm, why would he want to challenge how far he is to stay away and not being able to contact her? The other standard AVO conditions, of not harassing, intimidating or menacing her, Salim agreed to. How kind of him.
In another twist, it was reported on The Daily Mail that Salim felt his wife was not behind the AVO application, “Aysha and I, only death will do us apart” he said, and that the pair are about to star in a television show. “Aysha and I are casting and preparing to be part of a TV series. She is currently in audition. At the moment we cannot disclose the show (or) series name. I begin casting in August 2016. You can follow our Facebook page if you wish.” The former deputy mayor has flooded his social media accounts with pictures of the pair during happier times – “Love is not about finding someone to live with, but rather finding someone who you cannot live without.” No Salim, I think you have it wrong. Love is not about trying to change a person, but rather accepting them for who they are. Love is patient, and kind, trusting and faithful and above all respectful. One of my favourite quotes by Julia Roberts is this – “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness” and that includes being able to let someone go.
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