KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Dec 2008: The Gombak Timur syariah lower court today granted popular actress Abby Abadi a divorce from her actor husband Norman Hakim.
The divorce was sealed after Norman uttered the words to divorce Abby or Arbaeyah Abdul Manan, 31, with ‘talak satu’ in front of syarie judge Wan Mahyuddin Wan Muhammad.
Norman or Mohamed Norhakim Zaidon, 32, of ‘Gerak Khas’ fame arrived in court at 9am while Abby who also made her name via the hit police TV series arrived ten minutes later.
The divorce proceeding was delayed by 40 minutes when a distraught Norman had difficulty in uttering the words and had to be pacified by a court assistant and Abby’s lawyer Ahmad Nazib Johari.
Met by reporters outside court later, Norman said he accepted fate, god’s decree and destiny.
“I divorced Arbaeyah Binti Abdul Manan with ‘talak satu’ and hope that things will become better. Life will go on as usual and the children will still receive the love of both parents.
“We hope for the best and will not sever our ties for the future of the children and also that of ours,” said Norman.
Meanwhile, Abby told reporters she wanted to change for the better as she goes through life after divorce.
“I have to refresh myself, to become a new person, and be strong in facing future challenges.”
Abby said she would be claiming for child maintenance from Norman through her lawyer.
Married on 11 Jan 2002, Abby and Norman were briefly divorced with ‘talak satu’ two years ago but were reunited on 11 May 2006.
They have three children; Mohd Danish Hakim, 5, Marisa Dania Hakim, 3, and Maria Danisha Hakim, three months. — Bernama