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Real life fairy tales

February 13, 2018
By Iqra Sarfaraz & Adeela Akmal

The wedding season has continued to pick up steam and all we can hear is about couples and their celebrations....

The wedding season has continued to pick up steam and all we can hear is about couples and their celebrations of love and togetherness. And when it comes to marriages like fairy tales, we look up to our favourite celebrity couples. Aren’t we all inspired by our favourite celebrities, who keep giving us goals and tell us about their happy marriages through their love stories? Keeping this in mind, we have rounded up some of our much loved ‘how we met’ stories of local and international celebrities. Read on...

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Prince Harry and ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle first met on a blind date in early July, 2016. “We were introduced actually by a mutual friend,” Harry revealed during their first sit-down interview at BBC following their engagement in November 2017. Things moved quickly after their first meeting and they went on a second date. Prince Harry then invited Markle to accompany him on a trip to Africa just three or four weeks later. After four months of quiet dating, the news finally leaked in October 2016 that Prince Harry was dating an American actress. Harry confirmed that the two are dating in a formal statement in November 2016. The couple is prepping up for their much awaited wedding which is expected in May 2018. Excited much?

Shaniera & Wasim Akram

Shaniera & Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram struggled to cope with his family after the tragic demise of his first wife, Huma. However, he found his light again in Shaniera Thomspon, hailing from Australia. The couple have a daughter together and live in Pakistan. Shaniera talked about her story in an interview, “I saw his energy and could foresee a future with him, and we had a natural chemistry. When he proposed to me we were at a point in our lives where we had dealt with previous relationships. When you’re young, you grow together and little things mean a lot but in our case we were mature and older and little things don’t really count then.”

Victoria & David Beckham

Victoria & David Beckham

Victoria and David met in 1997, after the Spice Girl attended a Manchester United match at David’s request. It was clear for all to see that they were a great couple from the start, and the media began referring to them as Posh and Becks. Of their initial meeting, Victoria Beckham said, “I didn’t really know who he was. I was never into football.” In January 1998, David and then-Posh Spice Victoria announced their engagement and tied the knot in 1999. Soon after, they bought the famous ‘Beckingham Palace’ in Hertfordshire, worth an estimated £12 million. The couple have 3 sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and a daughter Harper.


Sania & Shoaib Malik

Sania & Shoaib Malik

What’s more romantic than a cross-border love story? That too between India and Pakistan. Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik and Indian Tennis player, Sania Mirza tied the knot in April 2010. The two sporting stars weren’t having much luck in their individual love lives until they found each other. Sania reportedly said in an interview that Shoaib matches her craziness and she’s quite possessive about him. “We didn’t date that long. He got to know me pretty well. But he’s a chupa rustam! I got to know about his wild side much later after we were married and I was like ‘Phew’! He may look all sweet and adorable but he can definitely have a crazy time.” The couple is supportive of one another despite their busy schedule - definite couple goals!

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Been together for almost two decades, the couple are still ‘Crazy in Love’ and we can’t help but swoon. While the couple, parents to Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir, seemed to have a blissfully perfect life, it wasn’t like that all the time. In 2016, Beyoncé released her album, Lemonade, which implied that Jay-Z cheated on her briefly due to his troubled past. However, they both took to music to help them heal and made it through. Rocky relationships happen but it’s only after you survive an adversary you know that you’ll survive anything. Bey and Jay are now stronger than ever.


Sadaf & Fawad Khan

Sadaf & Fawad Khan

Fawad Khan is not just one of the most handsome men in the Pakistan entertainment industry, but the most loyal partner as well. The actor, who can make any girl skip a beat, married the love of his life, whom he met as a teenager. Fawad and Sadaf Khan’s love story is no less than a fairytale. Fawad studied in Lahore Grammar School, while Sadaf attended the girls’ branch of the same school. Although, Fawad had a crush on her, he could not gather the courage to ask her out in person. So, they started chatting online when they were only 16. At 17, Fawad had a brutal accident when he was still in the hospital and his friends told him that Sadaf was asking about him. This gave him a hope that Sadaf might feel the same for him. Fawad proposed to the girl who stole his heart and, this was the beginning of something really special. “Well, the proposal was nothing dramatic. Fawad claimed that he had been married to me the day the relationship began 14 wonderful years ago,” said Sadaf in one of her interviews. After much opposition from Sadaf’s family, finally, Fawad got a clean chit from the elders and they approved of their match. Fawad kept his promise and the couple got married in November 2005, in Karachi, right after their graduation. Fawad Khan and Sadaf Khan make a very adorable family with their son, Ayaan and daughter Elayna Khan.

Sara & Atif Aslam

Sara & Atif Aslam

When Atif Aslam was pursing higher studies from Government University of Lahore, that’s where he fell in love with Sara Bharwana. According to some sources, she was the student of the Kinnaird College, Lahore at the time. So, the much-in-love couple were dating ever since they met. Though it was just the beginning of his music career, Atif always stayed committed to his girl. It was only in 2012 that the couple made the official announcement about their relationship. Finally, after the consent of their parents, the long-time love-birds got hitched in March 2013. The duo became each other’s muse after the marriage.

Ayesha Fazli & Ali Zafar

Ayesha Fazli & Ali Zafar

Another story that was love at first sight! When the man of many talents, Ali Zafar was a young chap, he used to be a sketch artist at a hotel lobby when a girl, Ayesha Fazli, made her way towards him. Completely smitten, he sketched her portrait in October 2000 and made her his wife on July 28, 2009. Ali Zafar may have worked in multiple Bollywood films but he only has eyes for his real-life leading lady. Zafar has never done an intimate scene on-screen and makes sure to have a ‘No-kissing’ clause in all his movie contracts. The couple has a son and a daughter - a picture-perfect family!


Sarwat & Fahad Mirza

Sarwat & Fahad Mirza

Love will always find a way and it did so for these two. Sarwat and Fahad knew each other since 2003, when they were both young students at their respective universities pursuing degrees of their choice. They liked one another but with careers being priority, things fizzled out; or so it seemed until a decade later. They both had married other people but it ended in divorce. One fine day, Mirza texted Gillani after he saw her perform in a play and the rest unfolded on its own. They never lost their spark and ended up marrying on August 13th, 2014. The couple now has two adorable sons and they couldn’t be happier.


Syra & Shahroz Sabzwari

Syra & Shahroz Sabzwari

She’s the youngest of four sisters; he’s the only child of Mr and Mrs Behroze Sabzwari. She’s composed, with a charming, girl-next-door appeal; he’s the talkative and a hopelessly romantic ladla. Saira Yousuf and Shahroz Sabzwari, got hitched in 2012 after years of on and off romance. “We met at a mutual friend’s wedding,” Shahroz stated in one of his interviews after their marriage. “That was six years ago! I was 19 and she was 18. During events like the mehendi, dholkis, dance practices, I started to like her,” he continued. “Before that, I had seen her in a couple of ads and had thought to myself - who is this cute girl in town?” 5 years down the lane and the couple is all happy dappy with their baby girl Nooreh Shahroz, sunshine to their lives. These cuties are always seen holding hands and chit chatting, giving us some major couple goals.

Behati & Adam Levine

Maroon 5 vocalist, Adam Levine, has been dating supermodels since a long time. He is particularly fond of the gorgeous ladies appearing on Victoria’s Secret catalogues. So, it’s not surprising that his wife, Behati Prinsloo, is also a VS model. However, Levine didn’t find Prinsloo when flipping through any magazine. The first meeting of the duo actually took place in a pretty awkward setting. The vocalist met Behati for the first time in 2011 at the VS Fashion show. At that time, Adam was dating Anne V., another VS model. Adam started dating Behati only after he was dumped by Anne in 2012. Just a couple of months following the split, he was found kissing Prinsloo in Hawaii. Soon their relationship became the talk of the town. Their relationship reportedly went through several ups and downs and it took them almost two years to finally tie the knot. Despite constant rumours about their break up, the couple is still together with a child and another baby on the way.

Blake & Ryan Reynolds

Blake & Ryan Reynolds

The couple that laughs together stays together - that is what the relationship between these two is like. The pair met on the set of Green Lantern and this is what Reynolds had about how it all began to Entertainment Weekly Radio. “I remember it was funny because for about a year after ‘Green Lantern’ had come and gone and all that stuff, we were both single. We went on a double date with - she was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl, and that was the most awkward date from their perspective probably because we were just like fireworks coming across the [table]... Yeah, it was like this first weird [date] - but we were buddies for a long time. I think it’s the best way to have a relationship - to start as friends.” Aww!

Aamina & Mohib Mirza

Aamina & Mohib Mirza

Aamina and Mohib have a really cute ‘boy meets girl’ story. They got to know each other when Aamina was directing a children’s show for a renowned TV channel and Mohib was the host. While they knew each other but their friendship started during the show. “We had known each other through mutual friends. Whenever my school had an Urdu play, he was asked to play the lead, even though he studied in college. But it was actually when we began to work together that we became friends.” Aamina recalled in an interview. One of their favourite memories is of them driving around in Mohib’s old FX, when they worked in theatre together soon after. It was one of these rides when Mohib decided to propose to Aamina. And now, more than a decade later, they are happily married and have a two-year-old daughter named Meissa Mirza.

Chrissy & John Legend

Chrissy & John Legend

The couple met on the set of Legend’s music video ‘Stereo’ in 2007 and now over a decade later, they married and have a daughter named Luna with another child on the way. After their wedding, they did a music video for ‘All of me’, a beautiful ballad that Legend wrote for Teigen. Chrissy often pokes fun about the time when he tried to break up with her and she flat out said ‘no’! They say fall in love with an artist and you’ll be immortalised. How romantic, isn’t it?