'The jungle is the only place where he won't get into more trouble': Shirtless Amir Khan scrubs up in the tub as lifelong pal says I'm A Celeb is his 'escape from a really horrible year'

  • Boxer Amir announced?he was divorcing model Faryal in September but they reconciled just a few weeks ago
  • At the time, they publicly accused each other of cheating in Twitter row and?Faryal accused Khan's parents of bullying her for not being a good Muslim??

He departed for Australia in the same week that it was revealed that he had reconciled with his pregnant wife Faryal Makhdoom, against all expectations.

But a family friend for I'm A Celebrity's Amir Khan has now said that the jungle was the best escape for the boxer, to save him from 'getting into more trouble'.

Enjoying his 'escape', the hunk, 30, was seen taking a bath in new scenes set to air on Wednesday, while his wife at home publicly reconciled with his parents.

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Taking time out: Amir Khan was pictured taking a bath in I'm a Celebrity on Tuesday, as friends from home came forward to say it was the best escape for him

Taking time out: Amir Khan was pictured taking a bath in I'm a Celebrity on Tuesday, as friends from home came forward to say it was the best escape for him

Amir's friend Saj Mohammed told The Daily Mirror on Wednesday: 'He needed a break - he's had a really horrible year.?

'He just wanted to get away. The only space he could get away without getting into any more dramas or trouble was there.

'He'll have no mobile, no friends and no family. He wants to enjoy it - but had no idea what he was letting himself in for.?

A million miles away: Amir seemed a million miles from his woes at home, when he was seen in the jungle bath

A million miles away: Amir seemed a million miles from his woes at home, when he was seen in the jungle bath

Light work: Campmates rely on each other to make that they can wash properly

Light work: Campmates rely on each other to make that they can wash properly

The boxer made no bones about the fact that he'd never watched an episode of the reality show before going in.?

Now, going shirtless in the jungle tub - where campmates are forced to pump water for each other - Amir certainly looked a million miles away from his woes.

Back at home, his wife Faryal?quashed any ongoing speculation about a rift with his family once and for all when she appeared in aBBC Radio Manchester video with the Khans.

Faryal is understood to have been embroiled in a bitter feud with the boxer's family, culminating in his family branding her 'evil' and the sports star announcing his intentions to divorce her.

In shape: Amir's friends say the jungle is the best place for him to be escaping trouble

In shape: Amir's friends say the jungle is the best place for him to be escaping trouble

Back at home: Back in the UK, amir's wife Faryal made a statement about reconciling with his family as they all watched the star on TV this week

Back at home: Back in the UK, amir's wife Faryal made a statement about reconciling with his family as they all watched the star on TV this week

The glamorous model, 26, can be seen watching her husband on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! alongside his closest relatives, including his devoted father Sajjad.?

Also seen in the clip are Amir's brother Haroon 'Harry' Khan, a professional boxer and a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, and Mariyah, 19, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University who famously feuded with Faryal online.

The endearing video shows how the excited family jumping for joy as it's revealed Amir won't be doing a trial.?

In happier times: New York-born Faryal and former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir, who married in 2013, share three-year-old daughter Lamaisah and reconciled in November after threatening to split

In happier times: New York-born Faryal and former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir, who married in 2013, share three-year-old daughter Lamaisah and reconciled in November after threatening to split

No more drama: His friends say he was looking for an escape

No more drama: His friends say he was looking for an escape

'Thank God!', Faryal exclaims, uncharacteristically dressed down in leisurewear.

His beaming father exclaimed: 'You know something when he goes in fights it's tense.

'When he gets picked in a challenge we want to see and we're always on the edge of our seats.'

No hard feelings? Faryal quashed any ongoing speculation about her feud with Amir Khan's family once and for all when she appeared in a BBC Radio Manchester video with the Khans

No hard feelings? Faryal quashed any ongoing speculation about her feud with Amir Khan's family once and for all when she appeared in a BBC Radio Manchester video with the Khans

Delighted: The endearing video shows how the excited family, including his father Sajjad (pictured) jumping for joy as it's revealed Amir won't be doing a trial

Delighted: The endearing video shows how the excited family, including his father Sajjad (pictured) jumping for joy as it's revealed Amir won't be doing a trial

Show of support: 'We were so happy to see him on TV and go on the show because we want people to see the real Amir we know', she said

Show of support: 'We were so happy to see him on TV and go on the show because we want people to see the real Amir we know', she said

Faryal - who also has three-year-old daughter Lamaisah with Amir - addresses the camera, enthusing how lovely it is for the boxer to be able to show off his down-to-earth personality to the nation.

'We were so happy to see him on TV and go on the show because we want people to see the real Amir we know', she said.

'On TV it's what you really see of him and he's just that humble sweet guy.'

The video was shared on Amir's own Twitter account, and went down a storm with the sportsman's fans.

'At home with the Khans... Was great to have @inzyrashid join the family to watch an episode of @imacelebrity! #TeamAK #ImACeleb @BBCRadioManc', the tweet read

'At home with the Khans... Was great to have @inzyrashid join the family to watch an episode of @imacelebrity! #TeamAK #ImACeleb @BBCRadioManc', the tweet read

'At home with the Khans... Was great to have @inzyrashid join the family to watch an episode of @imacelebrity! #TeamAK #ImACeleb @BBCRadioManc', the tweet read.

There was a flurry of positive tweets about Amir after the teaser clip surfaced online.

One fan posted, 'Seems like a decent fella... humble too', while another shared, 'Seen a really lovely side to @amirkingkhan ...great guy..hope he wins..king of the jungle.'

Referencing the feud, another wrote, 'Good to see everyone together again', and a fourth shared, 'Great to see all the family together, heart warming after everything that had happened. Hopefully it remains that way.'

However, another Twitter user took a more cynical view, saying, 'Whole family is desperate to have their own “keeping up with the Kardashian’s” show,fame & money.?

Fan reaction: There was a flurry of positive tweets about Amir after the teaser clip surfaced online

Fan reaction: There was a flurry of positive tweets about Amir after the teaser clip surfaced online

Cynical: However, another Twitter user took a more cynical view, saying, 'Whole family is desperate to have their own “keeping up with the Kardashian’s” show,fame & money

Cynical: However, another Twitter user took a more cynical view, saying, 'Whole family is desperate to have their own “keeping up with the Kardashian’s” show,fame & money

'Keeping up with the Khans will be next #hungryformoney #embarrassing #desperate'.

The news that Amir and Faryal had reunited - which came just before the boxer headed into the jungle - was announced just two months after he filed for divorce in the wake of bitter family feuds and public rows.?

The champion boxer tweeted a picture of the couple snuggling in each other's arms on the sofa in London.

He captioned it: 'With my 4 month pregnant wife, after sorting out all the issues. Closing the year with a happy ending'.

Faryal then responded by quoting popular internet writer RM Drake.

She wrote on Instagram: 'I hope one day, we find each other again and laugh over whatever pain we might have caused.'

Shock reunion: 'With my 4 month pregnant wife, after sorting out all the issues. Closing the year with a happy ending', Amir announced just before heading into the jungle?

Shock reunion: 'With my 4 month pregnant wife, after sorting out all the issues. Closing the year with a happy ending', Amir announced just before heading into the jungle?

Faryal then responded by posting on Instagram a quote from writer RM Drake: 'I hope one day, we find each other again and laugh over whatever pain we might have caused'

Faryal then responded by posting on Instagram a quote from writer RM Drake: 'I hope one day, we find each other again and laugh over whatever pain we might have caused'

Only two months ago Bolton-born Khan told his fans his marriage was over.?

He said in a Snapchat video on 8 September: 'So me and Faryal are not together. I have filed for a divorce.?

'I hear she has just announced she is pregnant. She didn't tell me. I had to read it on social media.'?

In a public war of words this summer both accused the other of cheating and Faryal accused Khan's Pakistani parents of bullying her for not being a good Muslim.

Khan's father?Shah said she was 'adopting a dress code which in the Islamic faith was not acceptable'.

Reconciliation? Faryal Makhdoom covered ?her bump in a conservative ensemble as she stepped out WEARING her wedding ring... after hinting at reconciliation with estranged husband Amir Khan

Reconciliation? Faryal Makhdoom covered ?her bump in a conservative ensemble as she stepped out WEARING her wedding ring... after hinting at reconciliation with estranged husband Amir Khan

Faryal also accused Khan's sister of cropping her out of family photos.?

But last weekend the American-Pakistani model hinted at a brighter future after months of acrimony.?

She shared a picture of her with Khan, 30, and their three-year old daughter Lamaisah and captioned it:?'We're going to be doing this all over again.'

She also appeared to reflect on her marriage by sharing a quote alongside a picture of herself in a bridal gown.

The 26-year-old posted on Instagram: 'One day, you will find peace in the burning of the past.'?

The post came a day after pictures emerged of Khan?outside a shisha bar in London with Brazilian model Bella Gusmao before they jumped into a cab.

Khan, who has been out of the ring for nearly two years after suffering a heavy knockout, seemed in good spirits with the brunette, who bore a striking resemblance to Faryal.?

Reconciled??Faryal appeared to dramatically reunite with estranged husband Amir Khan on Sunday evening, just days after the boxer enjoyed a night out with a Brazilian model

Reconciled??Faryal appeared to dramatically reunite with estranged husband Amir Khan on Sunday evening, just days after the boxer enjoyed a night out with a Brazilian model

Happy families: The pregnant model appeared to hint that the warring couple were ready to put divorce proceedings on hold

Happy families: The pregnant model appeared to hint that the warring couple were ready to put divorce proceedings on hold

Making a statement? Faryal appeared to be reflecting on the end of her marriage to Amir Khan as she shared a thought-provoking quote alongside a snap in a bridal gown on 4 November

Making a statement? Faryal appeared to be reflecting on the end of her marriage to Amir Khan as she shared a thought-provoking quote alongside a snap in a bridal gown on 4 November

Expecting: Faryal Makhdoom?is having a second child with Amir Khan

Expecting: Faryal Makhdoom?is having a second child with Amir Khan

New York-born Faryal and former unified light-welterweight world champion Khan, who married in 2013, share three-year-old daughter Lamaisah.

Faryal said she wants her daughter to be an 'independent and strong' example for Muslim women.

Khan, who is worth £23million, announced the couple's split in August in a tweet that read: 'So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I'm currently in Dubai.?Wish her all the best'.

Weeks later, Faryal revealed she was expecting their second child.

Last month Faryal posted a lengthy message on Twitter saying it is time for her and Khan to put their 'differences behind us'.

She also apologised for all the 'infighting' between their parents, which she revealed has had a 'terrible effect' on her marriage.

She wrote to her 18,000 followers: 'The past three months have been really tough on me and my marriage.?

'Matters haven't been helped by the fact that my husband has been out of the ring for quite some time... it's been very stressful for us as a couple, and a family.??

Faryal's post came a day after Amir, 30, was seen with Brazilian model, Bella Gusmao (pictured) outside a shisha bar in London, before they jumped into a cab together

Faryal's post came a day after Amir, 30, was seen with Brazilian model, Bella Gusmao (pictured) outside a shisha bar in London, before they jumped into a cab together

'I now recognise that all this infighting between me and my in-laws has had a terrible effect on my husband and I... and for that I would like to sincerely apologise.

'My mother and father-in-law are the elders of our family and as such deserve love and respect just as much as my own parents do. I've said things in the past out of anger... I didn't really mean and regret now.'

She added: 'My daughter and unborn child do not deserve a broken home. That is why I have decided that it is time to put our differences behind us, and start afresh.

'All families go through hard times. It is unfortunate for us that our difficulties were played out so publicly. I also apologise for my part in that.'

But Khan then publicly turned down her offer of reconciliation, confirming to fans their divorce would go ahead. Faryal then took down the plea for forgiveness.

Khan even accused his American wife of having an affair with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua (pictured together)

Khan even accused his American wife of having an affair with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua (pictured together)

The couple, who married in 2013, had a very public falling out on Twitter earlier this year, with each side accusing the other of cheating.

Khan even accused his American wife of having an affair with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua.

Khan hit out at his wife, writing: 'Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I'm not hurt but another fighter. I'm making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger.'

But Faryal hit back minutes later, claiming her husband left his family because they had 'robbed' him and telling him to 'stop making false things up'.

Branding him a '30-year-old baby', she went on to accuse him of sleeping with prostitutes and being a bad role model.

Joshua laughed off Khan's claims, posting the music video from pop star Shaggy's It Wasn't Me online, and saying he had never met Faryal.

The couple were forced to do TV interviews when a sex tape of Khan performing a sex act on a webcam while chatting with a model was leaked to a US porn site

The couple were forced to do TV interviews when a sex tape of Khan performing a sex act on a webcam while chatting with a model was leaked to a US porn site

Khan later apologised to Joshua and said there was 'no truth' to his claims.

The couple claim Khan was sent screenshots of 'fake' messages purportedly sent between Joshua and Faryal which he initially believed to be real.

Khan apologised after receiving a letter from Joshua's legal team demanding an apology for the allegations.

After Joshua wrote 'apology accepted', Khan tweeted: 'Glad all is cleared up and all lies. I got angry like any man would. No truth to it. Good to know. All the best.'

Problems began last year when Khan's family said his wife, an American model, dressed improperly for a Muslim woman.

She accused them of verbal and physical abuse, but in a TV interview Khan's parents called his wife an 'evil woman', while his sister claimed Faryal had prevented the family from seeing Lamaisah.

The couple were then hit by further drama when a sex tape of Khan performing a sex act on a webcam while chatting with a model was leaked to a US porn site.??

The topsy-turvy marriage of Amir and Faryal

The couple had been married for four years and shared a daughter together.

They first met when Faryal was 19 and Khan was 24 through mutual friends at a party in New York seven years ago.

At the time, the businesswoman, who runs a cosmetic company, was studying political science and journalism at Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences in New Jersey.

In exclusive interview with You Magazine in April, she said when they met he said: ‘You’re like a girl I would marry', and she thought 'What a total bull*******.'

When he left they kept in touch over Skype, subsequently meeting again in London eight months later where the pair were photographed together outside Harrods.

They began dating shortly afterwards when he went to surprise her in New York. Three months later, the pair were formally engaged.

But weeks before the wedding in 2013 she was asked by Amir’s management team to sign a prenup.

She said during the interview: 'In our culture, that’s really bad. I couldn’t care less about the money but my parents felt very insulted, especially because they are so well off. My parents didn’t make Amir sign a prenup.'

The pair met in New York in 2010, when Faryal was 19 and Khan was 24, through mutual friends at a party

The pair met in New York in 2010, when Faryal was 19 and Khan was 24, through mutual friends at a party

Faryal said she signed it nonetheless, but it was later cancelled by Amir when she fell pregnant with their daughter, Lamaisah. She was born in 2014.

They wed at Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York in front of 250 guests, followed by an elaborate celebration for 3,800 people in Bolton before she moved to the UK.

The pair lived a quiet and happy life for many years until the tail-end of 2016 when things began to sour.

In December, she launched an explosive rant on Snapchat, accusing Khan’s parents, Sajjad and Falak, of trying to destroy their marriage.?

She even claimed her 'evil, hating sister-in-law' Mariyah 'came to hit' her while her husband was not at home.

However Mariyah responded to the allegations by saying: 'Do I look like I can beat someone up?'

Faryal began her series of posts: ‘Don't get your sons married if you're going to abuse and bully the wife.

'I've always been so quiet but seriously this message is for everyone! When you bring someone's daughter – treat her as your own. Your son will be much happier & so will you. :)’

Using the Snapchat name Faryalxmakhdoom, she continued: 'When you force your son to divorce his wife, when she's nine months pregnant!!! And your son doesn't ... and he sticks besides his wife. He's called a p***y?

'Ok, I'm guessing Islam teaches us to get married and divorce our wives and treat them bad???

'My husband has done farrrrr more than any son has done. And far more than any brother has done. But why is he treated so bad? Jealousy? That's disgusting.'

While she did not name anyone in the messages, she endorsed comments by her followers which suggested it related to her in-laws.

She also shared a screenshot of Mariyah laughing at a comment on Instagram which suggested Faryal should have been on the 'dogwalk' rather than the catwalk – a reference to Faryal taking part in the Asiana Bridal Show in Birmingham earlier that month.

Faryal added: 'What have I actually done lol been a good wife to your broth.I worked my ass off on a catwalk from 7am till 12am at night.

'My husbands a multi-millionaire but still work and do my own as I can never touch his BLOOD money, when I have a right too! and then I get hating evil sister in laws s******g on me?'

Mariyah responded by saying she 'didn't need to justify herself on social media as "Allah is watching".'

Khan's brother Haroon also appeared to have his say, posting on Twitter: 'The world knows how good the khan family is #saynomore'.

Faryal later published a photograph of Haroon, the other son of Khan's parents Sajjad and Falak, lying on a bed naked and claiming he was drunk.

In an interview with Murtaza Ali Shah at Geo News, Khan’s parents rubbished Faryal's allegations, claiming she is 'lying' they never laid a hand on her and treated her like their own daughter.

Mr Khan said: 'Faryal was adopting a dress code which in the Islamic faith was not acceptable.

'I ask Faryal to produce evidence of violence. Where is the evidence? We have always held her in highest esteem and gave her the same level of respect and love that we gave to our two daughters.'

Falak said her daughter-in-law has called them 'paindoo' - Urdu for 'villagers' - used as a slur for primitive people from the Pakistani countryside.

She said: 'I am a proud Pakistani, I have always respected my in-laws and we have our traditions and values. No one abused Faryal and I once asked her to take dupatta (veil) and she didn't listen and I never brought up the subject again.

‘Amir told us that she doesn't listen to him and that we should tell her parents about that. We lived in the same house but Faryal never mixed with us. She called us “paindoo”. She has forgotten that the same paindoo parents gave birth to Amir Khan and brought him up'.

Khan released a statement on Twitter, describing the actions of both parties as 'childish'.

He said: 'I have supported my wife, and that's because she was in the right.

'Since I've been married I've seen how my family and siblings have treated her. It wasn't fair. I'm not happy that it's come out. It was a private matter and should've kept private.

'My siblings were posting on social media over and over again. I asked my father to have them remove it and no one listened to me.

'I was patient and kept quiet but FARYAL said she couldn't take it anymore and had to speak up. So she did.

'I supported her when it came to family bothering her or upsetting her. But I did not support siblings or my wife to be this childish all over the media, crying and bashing one another. It's really getting out of control and needs an end.'

In January, the couple’s relationship was strained after a sex tape, featuring Khan performing a sexual act on webcam as female model watched on, was published on major US pornographic website.

It was claimed the X-rated video was made shortly after the couple married in 2013.

Faryal was said to be 'absolutely disgusted' by the revelations, but continued to have a united front with her husband by posting a series of jokey Snapchats together.

Tensions between the boxer and his family deepened when he failed to attend Haroon’s wedding due to training.

Haroon was said to be 'bitterly disappointed' about his brother's absence, but Faryal hit back saying she didn't go because she was not wanted.

On Snapchat, she said: 'Everyone's been asking why I didn't attend Amir's brother's wedding. I kept quiet.

'But the truth is AMIR'S wife and child were not invited. Or even included in the celebrations. They could have at least tried.'

The claim came after Haroon revealed that his brother 'didn't even send a message of congratulations' after the event.

Haroon responded: 'We, family, friends, are all shocked and saddened by what his Faryal has been saying but we tried to forget about the negatives at the weekend and just enjoyed.

'She is a one off and lives by her own set of rules.'?

At the end of January, Khan revealed his father Shah, who was his manager, his uncle Taz Khan, formerly his consultant and lifelong best-friend Saj Mohammed, who was his assistant, were all no longer working with him.

He told SportsMail's Jeff Powell: 'I have had to grow up and take control of my own life.

'Dad won't be negotiating my contracts any more but I love them and they have been so good for me. But I've matured now and come to realise it is best to keep the two elements of my life apart.'

But his father was said to be 'humiliated' by his very public sacking.?

A family friend told MailOnline. 'Credit for that goes to Faryal who got Amir to do it.'?

Things quietened between the family for a few months until April, when, during an interview with the Daily Star, she said: 'After everything Amir has been through I'm the only one still standing here – no one else is. I don't see some of his friends, I don't see some of his family members.’?

The couple continued to remain strong and even announced plans to adopt a child in the new future.

Speaking to The Sun, Khan said: 'When I was in Africa, I met so many young African kids and I loved them.

'I wanted to take them back home with me.'?

In June, the couple put their?six-bedroom home in Lostock on the market for £1.6million. Two days ago, they knocked?£200,000 off the asking price.?

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