Taufik's pals keep mum on his bride-to-be
IT IS official.
Singapore singer-songwriter Taufik Batisah, 33, is getting married and the lucky girl is a Singaporean.
With rumours swirling among his fans that Taufik was dating Malaysian actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin - the pair were on the same judging panel for Malaysian comedy competition Maharaja Lawak Mega - the man himself has come out to set the record straight.
Hype Records, Taufik's recording label, released a statement from him on Saturday evening in which he expressed his happiness, saying: "I am glad to have finally found the special someone whom I can share my future with."
While the Singapore Idol winner confirmed that the local girl is not someone "in the entertainment business", he declined to reveal her identity.
The New Paper on Sunday understands that she is of Malay and Pakistani descent.
His close friends, too, are not ready to let the cat out of the bag.
Local rapper Mark Bonafide, Taufik's long-time friend, told TNPS on Saturday that he has met the mystery girl, but refused to divulge any details.
"I won't be saying anything about her. I respect Fik's decision to keep her identity and their personal life private," he stressed.
"Everyone is entitled to that, even if you are Taufik Batisah.
"I grew up with Taufik and I'm so happy that he has finally decided to settle down with someone he sees a future with."
Another of Taufik's good friends, Ria 89.7FM radio DJ Fiza O, admitted that she knew of his marriage plans but refused to say more.
"He's a very private person, so almost nobody knew of his plans. But when he told me he was getting married, he had this crazy look of excitement and happiness on his face.
"When I saw that, I knew that was it. And of course, I congratulated him. Even though I hear the hearts of a million girls breaking, I'm extremely happy for him.
"She's a sweet and kind person who is very strong. They are the perfect fit for each other. In the industry, you need someone who is going to have your back throughout, and for him, she's the one."
Taufik told Ken Lim, boss of Hype Records and former Singapore Idol judge, of his decision to tie the knot a couple of months back.
Lim said: "When he told me that he wanted to get married, I asked him if he was ready to commit.
"It had nothing to do with his career. It was just important to me that I know he is happy. Every decision someone makes has both compromises and advantages, but you cannot let it dictate you.
"And because he told me that he was certain about his decision, I gave him all my support."
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