Russian Beauty Queen Spills The Beans On Her Unconventional Marriage To A Malaysian King

Recently, a Russian beauty queen made headlines when she ran off and married a Malaysian king. This Russian beauty didn’t always live the most conservative lifestyle, so the Malaysian king faced some backlash for his decision to marry her. Still, through all of the tabloid rumors and bad press, this loyal wife has stayed true to her man.

For a while, it looked like she had taken back her narrative until something totally unexpected happened. Keep reading to find out more about this fascinating story.

Meet Rihana Oksana Petra

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This is Russian beauty queen Rihana Oksana Petra when she was just eight years old. Rhiana is actually a stage name she gave herself later in life. She was named Oksana Voevodina when she was born and she’s the daughter of a Russian orthopedic surgeon.

Rihana was born in Astrakhan, Russia, and she grew up in the Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don region. Rihana’s parents are highly educated and they always encouraged their daughter to do well in school and rely on her intellect over her beauty.

She Was An Ambitious Teenager

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When Oksana was a teenager, she enrolled in summer school at Oxford to study English. She and her parents knew how important it is to be able to communicate with people all over the world. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics in 2013 when she was 21-years-old.

Oksana was dedicated to her studies and she finished school with very high marks. Her parents were very proud of her major accomplishment. She knew her life was destined for greatness.

Her First Beauty Pageant

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Two years after Oksana received her Bachelor’s degree, she entered a regional beauty pageant. After several rounds of competition, Oksana was crowned “Miss Moscow.” Oksana had always been a beautiful girl, and her high level of education helped her come off as more polished and refined during the competition.

After winning Miss Moscow, she amassed a large enough following to be able to create and launch her own fashion and swimwear brand. She quickly gained many followers on social media.

She Never Stopped Learning

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Even though Oksana had found success as a pageant competitor and as a brand ambassador, she didn’t give up on her impressive formal education. After winning that Miss Moscow pageant, she went on to get her Master’s degree in Management (specializing in International Marketing). After that, she pursued media studies at the Moscow School of Radio and Television.

Oksana opened her own beauty salon that same year, cementing her dedication to both career development and the beauty industry.

How She Met Her Husband

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In 2017, Oksana moved to Kuala Lumpur to study Malaysia’s culture and history. It was during that time that she met her husband, Sultan Muhammad V. Rihana Oksana Petra.

She wrote, “For many people, the story of our first meeting with my husband remains to be a mystery. We met in spring 2017 in Europe. At that time I cooperated with our common friend jeweler Jacob Arabo. After the event, we went for dinner, where I met a man, and he introduced himself as King of Malaysia. I took it as a joke and joked back that I was also the Queen of Moscow. We talked all evening and exchanged phone numbers.”

The King And Queen Hit It Off

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Rhiana went on to explain, “We continued our communication with my future husband by phone and called each other every day. We wanted to meet again somewhere very much, but that was not possible because of my modeling contracts. And we lived far away in different parts of the world. Moreover one of the very famous companies for women’s clothing offered me a one-year contract outside Russia.”

The Jacob the jeweler they’re talking about is a world-renowned jeweler who’s created pieces for the likes of Kanye West.

Sultan Muhammad V Didn’t Want Rhiana To Leave

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In her Instagram post, she provides even more details about her initial interactions with the sultan: “My future husband was very upset and asked me not to make any decision about that job before our meeting. Soon I received an invitation to visit Malaysia with my parents. So (I) went there with my mother.”

“We were really fascinated with this country and had great times altogether. I will never forget the romantic evening when my future husband confessed that he felt in love with me from the first moment he saw me.”

Living The Good Life

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Rhiana Petra’s Instagram page is dedicated to showing off her life of luxury in Kuala Lumpur. Rihana married Sultan Muhammad V at an elite Moscow concert hall in November 2018. It was a lavish affair with many important guests. Rihana posted pictures of the event on her Instagram page.

In fact, her Instagram page is full of photos of her life of luxury in Kuala Lumpur. Rihana shows off her collection of diamond rings, tiaras, and other precious items.

The Scandal Broke After The Wedding

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So far, this story has been all glitz and glamour, but not everyone was so thrilled about the marriage between Rihana Petra and Sultan Muhammad V. First of all, Rihana is basically half Muhammad’s age. When they got married, the sultan was 50 and Rihana was 27.

Also, a lot of Muhammad’s family members weren’t thrilled about him marrying a non-Muslim, even though Rihana did end up converting to Islam. People were skeptical about this union from the very beginning.

A Dark Spot In Her Past

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People started to talk once Rihana and Sultan Muhammad V got married. it quickly came to light that Rihana had appeared on a reality show in her home country. While on this reality show, Rihana apparently fooled around with a man in a swimming pool. The sultan’s conservative family didn’t like that one bit.

Amid all of the controversy, Sultan Muhammad V abdicated the throne. He gave up his right to rule so that he could be with the woman he loved.

Rihana’s Reaction To Her Husband’s Actions

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Rihana took to Instagram to explain her feelings about what her husband did for her. Petra wrote, “The man who really loves his woman will do everything for his beloved one. Love and taking care is the base for strong and healthy relationship.

A good husband will always support and be nice with his wife. Always is interested how does she feel and takes care of her, if she is tired. Always 100% keeps his promises. Always takes responsibility for the family and doesn’t put this responsibility on his wife’s shoulders.”

A New Addition To The Family

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Rihana went on to write, “During pregnancy, he would give his wife increased attention, gifts, and care. Relationships are based on how can people support and understand each other. Family is the result of the work of two people who can give love gratuitously.”

She and her husband, Sultan Muhammad V welcomed their first child, Ismail Leon, on May 21, 2019. That’s right, another royal baby was born in May 2019.

Adjusting To Life In Malaysia

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After giving birth to her son, Rihana took to Instagram to write: “Now Malaysia is the native land of my son, and I’m very happy when I look at our baby that I made the right choice that time.” Rihana seemed to be adjusting quite well to her new life in Malaysia. She was still living an opulent life even though her husband had given up the throne for her.

Mohammad wasn’t the king of Malaysia anymore, but he still had more than enough money to provide Rihana and Ismail with a comfortable and lavish life.

Rihana Loves Her New Life As A Mother

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After Ismail was born, Rihana posted several pictures of herself with her child on Instagram. She was always careful to avoid posting photos of her child’s face. She posted the photo above with the caption: “Leo eats every 2.5 – 3 hours, he sleeps good, especially when it is fresh air outside and he enjoys cuddling very much. Actually he is wonderful and very calm child.”

She posted another photo of herself with Ismail Leon in her arms with the caption: “Family and children are the most important things in this life. Take care of each other.”

So How Is Mohammad Doing?

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Sultan Mohammad V gave up a lot to marry the love of his life. The sultan was Malaysia’s 15th king and the first to abdicate in the entire history of the nation. Malaysia has a unique rotating monarchy system in which nine ethnic Malay state rulers take turns serving as Malaysia’s king for five-year terms.

After Mohammad gave up the throne, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was named Malaysia’s new king.

Divorce Rumors Started Spreading

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Even though Rihana was pretending that everything was roses and sunshine on Instagram, The former Malaysian king actually divorced her just weeks after their son was born. The New Straits Times has gotten ahold of their divorce certificate which states that Mohammad has ended the relationship.

The certificate has the Kelantan state crest on it, and it indicates that the divorce was done through the utterance of the word “talak” three times. This is the most severe and permanent form of divorce in Islam.

More Details About The Divorce

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This certificate that they found is the copy that would have been given to the wife, in this case, Rihana Petra. The certificate is marked as claimed, and it uses Rihana’s real maiden name which is Gorbatenko.

According to this document, the divorce took place on June 22nd, 2019 in Singapore. So far, Rihana hasn’t said anything about a divorce or a break-up of any kind on social media. The Kelantan palace hasn’t commented on the divorce either.

The Bitter Truth

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Rihana posted this photo on Instagram with the caption: “21 May 2019 – the day when my life was divided into ‘before’ and ‘after.'” Some people have suggested that Rihana used the birth of her son to distract from rumors that her marriage was in jeopardy following her husband’s abdication.

It is very possible that Rihana only created this Instagram account to make it seem like everything in her life was going swimmingly when we know now that clearly, she and Mohammad were having problems.

A Future That May Never Be

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Rhiana often posted about her child, and she seemed to be hung up on the idea that this boy would one day become “king of Malaysia.” Rihana was hoping that her son would take over from his father, but after Mohammad abdicated the throne, this was no longer a likely possibility.

Perhaps the loss of that future for her child led Petra to act out. Maybe fights over Mohammad’s position within the monarchy contributed to this couple’s demise. We will never know what truly happened in their home because Rihana only shares the happy parts of her life with the world.

An Ambiguous Instagram Post

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Rihana Petra unsurprisingly hasn’t yet commented on the divorce rumors. She hasn’t posted anything on Instagram that suggests that she and Mohammad may have had a falling out.

On July 18th, she posted a video clip from what looks to be a documentary about her relationship with the former sultan. In the clip, Rihana discusses how she wants to be a fixture in Mohammad’s life for all of eternity. She hasn’t said that the divorce rumors aren’t true, but by posting this clip, she’s definitely saying something. We’ll have to stay tuned to see how this story unfolds.