Australian showbiz legend Kamahl, 87, is aware of his split from wife Sahodra, 82, after 55 years of marriage in an all-encompassing interview with A Current Affair.
In a promo for the bomb chat, the singer admits that he ‘pays a terrible price’ for the breach and his hope for a reconciliation.
‘She is a saint,’ he says of Sahodra, before adding, ‘It was made in heaven, but the weather changed a little.’
Honestly: Australian showbiz legend Kamahl, 87, is aware of his split from wife Sahodra, 82, after 55 years of marriage in an overriding interview with A Current Affair
The promo also teased that Kamahl would open up about his ‘chronic addiction’, but stopped short by revealing what it is.
The full interview will be broadcast Thursday night and promises to share more details about Kamahl’s fights since the split.
The Hey Hey It’s Saturday star shared the sad news of the split last Monday, telling New Idea that he prays that the breach is ‘only temporary’.
Heartbreak: ‘She is a saint,’ he says of Sahodra, before adding: ‘It was made in heaven, but the weather changed a little’
‘She really is the wind under my wings. I now realize that I was probably not the most attentive man. Fame can do that – it can distract you from what really matters, “he said.
“But I keep everything cross-cutting, we can work through this hard piece 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 lives alone at a country club in Sydney’s northern beaches.
‘I keep everything crosswise so that we can cope with this hard process’: Hey Hey It’s Saturday star told New Idea that he prays that the break ‘is only temporary’. The picture in 2009
Kamahl said he regrets taking his wife’s grace for granted ‘and wishes he had given her’ more hugs’ during their long marriage.
The separated couple remain close, but meet regularly for dinner.
“She still prepares her incredibly delicious lamb shank for me 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 lives alone at a country club in Sydney’s northern beaches
‘There was no way my parents would have given their blessing. Because she was Indian, I was Sri Lankan. And the two will 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 kind of prejudice. ‘
The couple share two children, musician Rajan, 52, and singer Rani, 50.
‘She still prepares me her incredibly delicious lamb shank every fortnight’: The separated couple are still close, but meet regularly for dinner
Kamahl has been part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years, and is best known for his performances on the 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 slogan: ‘Why are people so unfriendly?’
He also enjoyed success in Europe, with his 1975 single The Elephant Song, which hit No. 1 in the Netherlands and reached the top 30 in Denmark.
Famous face: Kamahl has been a part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years and is known for his performances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Pictured with host Daryl Somers