Meet the hot new power couple
Evening Standard|November 11, 2021
PEOPLE Malala Yousafzai was a marriage-sceptic, until she met her new husband. Katie Strick asks who’s that guy?
Katie Strick

DON’T pretend you didn’t Google him immediately. Snaps of Malala Yousafzai’s glorious autumn wedding emerged on Instagram —and the first question on everyone’s lips was, who’s that guy? Followed by: How long have they been together? What changed the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s mind, after she revealed her scepticism about marriage? “I still don’t understand why people have to get married,” Yousafzai, 24, told Vogue in July.

The activist, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, told her 2.1 million followers on Tuesday she’d “tied the knot” with partner Asser Malik during a small Islamic ceremony in Birmingham, calling it a “precious day”. He’s a Pakistani cricketer who is believed to be in his early thirties. “Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.” So who is the hunk who’s stolen Yousafzai’s heart?

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