Amir Khan has explained how he came to accuse his wife of sleeping with Anthony Joshua.
The former world champion took to social media in 2017 to claim Faryal Makhdoom had cheated on him with the heavyweight world champion.
The married couple then had an incredible 80-minute Twitter exchange before agreeing to separate.
They eventually rekindled their marriage and Khan has spoken about the incident ahead of his fight against Terence Crawford on Saturday.
“It was a made-up message,” he told ESPN . “A lot of people were making all these fake messages saying that ‘Joshua messaged your wife and she messaged him back.’
“Then I posted it on social media and said, ‘This has happened and it’s true. And I’m calling it over. She’s no longer my wife.’
“I did feel bad, I did feel stupid at the time but the damage was done. I made that mistake in tweeting something and putting it out. I was just digging a deeper and deeper hole.
“I remember I went to see Faryal. I apologised. I said, ‘Look, I don’t know what went through my head.’ And I totally changed my ways, changed the way I am.”
Khan has also had to defuse problems between his wife and his family.
But he added: “It was just a lack of understanding. Faryal comes from a city. She’s a young girl. She likes to dress differently. Bolton’s a little town. The dress code’s a little bit different, being a Muslim …
“I was stuck in the middle. I kept it cool with Faryal. I kept it cool with my family. And I tried to resolve the situation.
“I wasn’t husband of the year. I was a bit naughty at times. I used to get caught misbehaving, going out, partying, clubs, going out with other girls and stuff. … Fame is a b**** at times. Everything is printed in the tabloids.”