Kamahl ‘is paying a terrible price’ after split from wife Sahodra

Aussie showbiz legend Kamahl, 87, is coming clean about his split from Sahodra, 82, after 55 years of marriage in a tell-all interview with A Current Affair.

In a promo for the bombshell chat, the singer admits that he’s ‘paying a terrible price’ for the breakup and his hoping for a reconciliation.

‘She’s a saint,’ he says of Sahodra, before adding: ‘It was made in heaven, but the weather changed a little bit.’

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Honest: Aussie showbiz legend Kamahl, 87, is coming clean about his split from Sahodra, 82, after 55 years of marriage in a tell-all interview with A Current Affair

The promo also teased that Kamahl will open up about his ‘chronic addiction’, but they stopped short at revealing what it is. 

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The full interview will air on Thursday night and promises to share more details about Kamahl’s struggles since the split. 

The Hey Hey It’s Saturday star shared the sad news of the split on Monday, telling New Idea he’s praying the breakup is ‘only temporary’.

Heartbroken: ‘She’s a saint,’ he says of Sahodra, before adding: ‘It was made in heaven, but the weather changed a little bit.’

‘She really is the wind beneath my wings. I now realise I probably wasn’t the most attentive husband. Fame can do that – it can distract you from what really matters,’ he said.

‘But I’m keeping everything crossed we can work through this rough patch, as she really is my everything,’ he added.

The Malaysian-born star, whose real name is Kandiah Kamalesvaran, has moved out of the marital home and is living alone at a country club in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

‘I’m keeping everything crossed we can work through this rough patch’: The Hey Hey It’s Saturday star told New Idea he’s praying the break-up is ‘only temporary’. Pictured in 2009

Kamahl said he regrets taking his wife’s ‘graciousness for granted’ and wishes he’d given her ‘more hugs’ during their long marriage.

The estranged couple remain close, however, regularly meeting up for dinner. 

‘She still cooks me her unbelievably delicious lamb shanks every fortnight,’ he said.  

Kamahl married Sahodra in 1967 without the approval of his family. 

Bachelor: The Malaysian-born star, whose real name is Kandiah Kamalesvaran, has moved out of the marital home and is living alone at a country club in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

‘There was no way my parents would’ve given their blessing. Because she was Indian, I was Sri Lankan. And the twain shall never meet,’ he told ABC’s Talking Heads in 2005.

‘It’s like the Greeks and the Italians, and the Irish, you know, the Catholics and the Protestants. That sort of prejudice.’

The couple share two children, musician Rajan, 52, and singer Rani, 50.

‘She still cooks me her unbelievably delicious lamb shanks every fortnight’: The estranged couple remain close, however, regularly meeting up for dinner

Kamahl has been a part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years, and is best known for his appearances on Nine variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday. 

The singer, who arrived in Adelaide in 1953, was often the butt of jokes by stars such as Daryl Somers, John Blackman and Molly Meldrum, and was associated with the catchphrase: ‘Why are people so unkind?’ 

He also enjoyed success in Europe, with his 1975 single The Elephant Song hitting No. 1 in the Netherlands and making the top 30 in Denmark.

Familiar face: Kamahl has been a part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years, and is known for his appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Pictured with host Daryl Somers

Icon: He also enjoyed success in Europe, with his 1975 single The Elephant Song hitting No. 1 in the Netherlands and making the top 30 in Denmark. Pictured in 2012

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