KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Actress Maya Karin and her husband Muhammad Ali Abdullah are officially divorced.
"We have today (yesterday) obtained a divorce by mutual consent from the Syariah Court.
"Our decision to separate is mutual and was done after much consideration and with deep regret," said Maya in an SMS reply to The Star's online news portal The Daily Chilli last night.
Maya added that this decision marked the closure on this matter
"We would very much appreciate it if our privacy in this matter could be respected without any further speculation in the media," said Maya in the statement.
Separately, an online news portal reported that the divorce was granted by Syariah Court judge Mohd Amran Mat Zain yesterday.
It was learnt that, according to the report, the couple had arrived at the court complex in separate cars.
When met after the hearing, both Maya and Muhammad Ali apologised and said they could not comment on the case yet.
Muhammad Ali, also known as Steven David Shorthose, 41, said that although it was a sad day for him, he was "relieved" that the process was over.
"I am sorry I cannot say anything more," said the mathematics teacher.
His lawyer also confirmed that the couple were at the Syariah Court to get the divorce yesterday.
The couple married on Aug 14, 2008, in Bellagio, Italy, and later held a wedding reception at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia in Kepong on Aug 26.
They had registered their two-year-old marriage at the same court on June 24.