Malaysian Idol Season 1 contestant, Nikki Palikat revealed she and her husband, composer Audi Mok had divorced during the pandemic last year. Their marriage lasted for 12 years and they have a son, Liam, together.
The 37-year-old told “Melodi” on Sunday (26th June) that she kept the divorce a secret because she needed time before disclosing it to her fans and the public. “I needed time to accept this painful trial,” she said. Nikki added that although she and Audi have separated, they are still good friends.
“It is not easy for me to say this. At that time, we realised getting divorced and moving on as friends were wise for both of us. We have always known that we are so much better off as friends”, said the singer. She also denied the separation was caused by the presence of a third party.
While she felt stressed for failing to defend her marriage, she had already tried her best for her son, Liam, who is 12 years old this year. “When I think of him (Liam), it really hurts. So, I tried to hold on. In the end, when I told him of the separation, he took it well and I was so relieved. My son is not ‘ruined’ from this.”
Nikki, known for the song “Caramu,” once participated in the 8th season of “Gegar Vaganza” alongside Suki Low and the late Adibah Noor. In addition, she recently released her latest single, “Sudah,” which was written based on her personal experiences.
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.