Anita Sarawak (real name Ithnaini M.Taib) has been shrouded in mystery ever since she quit the entertainment business approximately 7 years ago.
Last we heard, Anita and her manager/husband Mahathir Abdullah (formerly known as Martin Cox) are currently living in the United States and have ventured into property business. Before Mahathir came along, the 66-year-old singer had tied the knot 3 times prior.
1. Mohamed Abdul Samad
Anita first marriage was to Singaporean musician Mohamed Abdul Samad in December 1972. Rumour has it that things didn’t pan out because it was an arranged marriage. It is believed that they separated in April 1976 and the divorce was finalised in August 1979. No photo of Mohamed Abdul Samad could be traced online.
2. Broery Marantika
5 years after her 1st marriage ended, the artist found love in Broery Marantika (real name Broery Pesulima). Their union (October 1981) was initially objected by Anita’s father because Broery was a Christian. Despite converting to Islam for some time, their relationship didn’t last after 4 years.
Broery then returned to his original religion and married Wanda Irene Latuperisa and welcomed 2 children Indonesia Putra Pesulima and Nabila Methaya Pesulima. The Indonesian singer died in April 2000 after suffering from stroke.
3. James Dean Nicholson (JD)
From 1995 till 1999, Anita was married to James Dean (JD) Nicholson (from American funk/soul band Commodores). This was during the time when the beloved star was attempting to make her mark in the US, namely Caesar’s Palace. Unfortunately, 3rd time wasn’t the charm for her.
The good news is, Anita has been happily attached to Mahathir Abdullah ever since they walked down the aisle Las Vegas in August 2001. It seems Anita and her English beau have been enjoying time away from the spotlight. Who can blame them right?