Who is Rita Johal? Estranged wife of Man City's Riyad Mahrez linked to Anthony Joshua
6th September 2020

RITA Johal is the estranged wife of Man City winger Riyad Mahrez and she recently launched a pop career.

Here’s what we know about the woman who has been allegedly linked with boxer Anthony Joshua.

Who is Rita Johal?

Rita, 27, is a model and the estranged wife of Manchester City’s winger Riyad Mahrez.

She is also an aspiring pop star.

Rita was born on August 21, 1992, and brought up in Gravesend, Kent.

Riyad, an Algerian national, made his first Premier League appearance after he joined Leicester City in 2014.

He became the first African player to win the PFA Player of the year award in recognition of his achievements in the 2015/16 campaign.

Riyad joined Man City in 2018 in a £60million deal.

Rita drew widespread outrage after she posted a video of herself driving with both of her feet on the dashboard.

The footage showed Rita smiling at the camera with the car in cruise control as she drove down a motorway.

When did she marry Riyad Mahrez?

Rita and Riyad are said to have dated for five months before exchanging their wedding vows.

They married in August 2015 with reports saying only a few friends and family members were invited to the wedding ceremony.

They welcomed their first daughter, Inanya, later that year.

The couple are thought to have a second daughter, thought to be born in late 2016, but whose name is not known.

Have the pair split?

After five years of marriage the couple are in the process of finalising their divorce.

Mahrez has been on a string of dates with fashion student Taylor Ward, 22 — daughter of Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star Dawn, 46 — after he officially called time on his marriage.

What are the rumours surrounding Anthony Joshua?

In December last year Rita, who recently released her first single, was reportedly seen flirting with boxing champ Anthony Joshua at London’s Tape nightclub.

Since then the 27-year-old has allegedly been seen with boxer Anthony Joshua, 30, twice in the past few weeks at a shisha bar and also at a party at a mutual pal’s pad.

Joshua and Rita are said to have been seen with friends at The Hart Lounge shisha bar in Southgate, North London.

And last night a source told The Sun on Sunday: “Rita’s mad keen on AJ. She thinks they can be a couple.

“She’s in touch with him via his circle of friends and loves going out with them, although she really only has eyes for AJ.”

A spokesman for Joshua said: “Anthony doesn’t personally know Mrs Mahrez and has no wish to, now or in future. He’s disappointed that she or people around her have tried to use his name to generate publicity.”

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