Singer Sabah scores 9th husband to the 'married-to-Sabah-club'

Published June 23rd, 2011 - 09:32 GMT

Sabah, the Lebanese octogenarian queen, our darling singing and acting classic diva, who was born the less exotic 'Janet', soon shed her given names, Gergi Fighali, in favor of the stage name Sabah.  She is among the most prolific Arab singers, with a reported 3,500 songs to her repertoire. Prolific in entertainment and in her private life too-  through much publicised multiple marriages.

Reportedly married a good 9 times, the figure is disputed in the minefield of reportage and data concerning such a celebrity, who has not helped the matter by pulling off a few stunt marriages just to keep us on our toes!

At 85, and from a traditional society who are happy to receive her creative output but would rather she kept her marriages down to a  moderate figure.  Yet she is forgiven her share of marriage misshaps and embraced by her fans because she is (pet-named or diminutive) “Sabbouha” or “Al Shahroura,” or the singing bird, and can get away with it.

And doesn't she know it: In 2003, she pulled off a hoax marriage to Amr Mihio ("Mr. Lebanon"). When the relationship ended in 2004, she admitted that it had been a stunt to propel Amr's fledgling acting career.

April 2008, a publication with supporting photos announced that she got married to Joseph Gharib, her hair dresser of 17 years. It was later revealed that she was only pulling an April Fool's joke on the public. Again more recently, the news was reversed as it transpired she had sealed a genuine tie with him by marriage in 2011. The jury is out (see Disclaimer below) on her current total sum of marriages.

Her longest affair though apparently not 'largest' love was to Fadi Kuntar (alias or screen name is Fadi Lubnan, so another Mr. Lebanon for her portfolio), their marriage spanning a healthy 17 years.  Perhaps a clash of Titans or of artistic temperaments or the Titans, her shortest liason, though 'biggest' love, was with Rushdy Abaza, spawning a marriage of  just  reportedly 3 days. It seems you can't measure a love by the length of the marriage any longer. Some sources suggest alternative 'big' loves. Maybe she changes her mind on her favorites. With only 2 children she's presented with less options for preferential treatment fortunately.

Disclaimer: Because of her multiple marriages and add to that the practical joke ones for good measure, there are conflicting sources relating to her marriage data and inconsistency in the reporting of names and lengths, even order of, marriages. Some information circulating states 11 weddings, some 8 and some 9. A report suggests she married early this month for the 8th time (to that very hair-dresser) and made records for her ripe-aged union, at 85. Herewith,  we have compiled within reason or best estimates, her alleged 9 hubsands.

As per presentation of this wedding parade, for easy viewing, we have chosen chronilogical order over nationality: Their nationalities fall largely into 2 camps- Egyptian and Lebanese, with one Gulf member of this exclusive 'husband of  Sabah Club'.

 

 

 

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Sabah: The still-going- Lebanese legendary singer-actress, born Janet Gergi Fighali, but more known for her stage name
Sabah, or pet-names as the diminutive Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (the singing bird). 'Madam Bank' by former husbands cause she was generous with the men she loved, again and again.

Sabah: The still-going- Lebanese legendary singer-actress, born Janet Gergi Fighali, but more known for her stage name Sabah, or pet-names as the diminutive Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (the singing bird). 'Madam Bank' by former husbands cause she was generous with the men she loved, again and again.

Najib Shammas: first husband, granted her 5 years of marriage, as well as her firstborn son, eponymously named Sabah,
and was grandfather to her 2 grandchildren by him. Najii and Danielle Shammas both now live in the U.S.

Najib Shammas: first husband, granted her 5 years of marriage, as well as her firstborn son, eponymously named Sabah, and was grandfather to her 2 grandchildren by him. Najii and Danielle Shammas both now live in the U.S.

Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud: She spent several months married to this Arabian prince, and got a divorce because
of determination from her husband's family, or the Saudi royal house of Saud, to separate them.

Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud: She spent several months married to this Arabian prince, and got a divorce because of determination from her husband's family, or the Saudi royal house of Saud, to separate them.

Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy:  He 'bowed' out after four years not before fathering her daughter, now dance teacher/ actress
living in the U.S.
 Howayda Mansy.

Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy: He 'bowed' out after four years not before fathering her daughter, now dance teacher/ actress living in the U.S. Howayda Mansy.

Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag: his marriage to Lebanon's rather flashy Sabah seemed at odds with his
penchant for religiosity in his TV shows which took on a more sombre tone than Sabah's showy facade.

Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag: his marriage to Lebanon's rather flashy Sabah seemed at odds with his penchant for religiosity in his TV shows which took on a more sombre tone than Sabah's showy facade.

Less is more: Rushdy Abaza. This Egyptian actor's life was nipped in the bud, prematurely dying of cancer, as was his
marriage of barely 3 days. He came to this marriage not before 4 others, so like Sabah no stranger to wedlock. Apparently her most significant or 'big' love. Short but sweet.

Less is more: Rushdy Abaza. This Egyptian actor's life was nipped in the bud, prematurely dying of cancer, as was his marriage of barely 3 days. He came to this marriage not before 4 others, so like Sabah no stranger to wedlock. Apparently her most significant or 'big' love. Short but sweet.

Actor Youssef (Joe) Shaaban - another marriage of creative differences, lasting just a month. Another student of the Koranwho strayed to the stage and briefly into the Lebanese temptress's web. Other marriages included
royalty-  and the blood line of Mohamed Ali-  as well as to our regal Sabah.

Actor Youssef (Joe) Shaaban - another marriage of creative differences, lasting just a month. Another student of the Koranwho strayed to the stage and briefly into the Lebanese temptress's web. Other marriages included royalty- and the blood line of Mohamed Ali- as well as to our regal Sabah.

She's had her share of 'Joe's and we're not talking about coffee: Youssef Hammoud gave her a marriage of 2 years.

She's had her share of 'Joe's and we're not talking about coffee: Youssef Hammoud gave her a marriage of 2 years.

Wassim Tabbara from a profile of poltical names, this Tabbara was a Lebanese comedian and actor/ director whose marriage to Sabah exceeded the 5 year mark, not quite surviving the '7 year-itch' however.

Wassim Tabbara from a profile of poltical names, this Tabbara was a Lebanese comedian and actor/ director whose marriage to Sabah exceeded the 5 year mark, not quite surviving the '7 year-itch' however.

Fadi Kuntar, another Lebanese entertainer with alias or stage name 'Fadi Lebanon': during her still very much unfolding
 life drama, he captured his legend wife in a biographical film-documentary in the 1990s. He holds the record for going
 the whole 17 years with her; her longest marriage.

Fadi Kuntar, another Lebanese entertainer with alias or stage name 'Fadi Lebanon': during her still very much unfolding life drama, he captured his legend wife in a biographical film-documentary in the 1990s. He holds the record for going the whole 17 years with her; her longest marriage.

Joseph Gharib: 'Gharib' - strange in Arabic. How fitting, given their initial marriage as April Fools prank, later turned 
bon fide wedlock, as reported this month.  Her hair-dresser of 17 years became 8th husband, qualifying her a place in the Guinness Book of Records as oldest bride at 85.

Joseph Gharib: 'Gharib' - strange in Arabic. How fitting, given their initial marriage as April Fools prank, later turned bon fide wedlock, as reported this month. Her hair-dresser of 17 years became 8th husband, qualifying her a place in the Guinness Book of Records as oldest bride at 85.

Her only daughter from early marriage to Anwar Mansy- not the longest-haul marriage, but the one that bore her this daughter
in her own creative image. Howayda Mansy is a dance teacher, sometimes actress, in the U.S.  Seemingly single- perhaps a
response to her mothers prolific marriage record.

Her only daughter from early marriage to Anwar Mansy- not the longest-haul marriage, but the one that bore her this daughter in her own creative image. Howayda Mansy is a dance teacher, sometimes actress, in the U.S. Seemingly single- perhaps a response to her mothers prolific marriage record.

The future's bright, the future's orange? Will her hair-raising senior marriage carry her through her twilight
years, or will she try for '10'? WHO? Sabah, as Lebanon's darling, might want to try a man at the heart
of Lebanese politics: She did once receive a rose & a phonecall from General Aoun.

The future's bright, the future's orange? Will her hair-raising senior marriage carry her through her twilight years, or will she try for '10'? WHO? Sabah, as Lebanon's darling, might want to try a man at the heart of Lebanese politics: She did once receive a rose & a phonecall from General Aoun.

Sabah: The still-going- Lebanese legendary singer-actress, born Janet Gergi Fighali, but more known for her stage name
Sabah, or pet-names as the diminutive Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (the singing bird). 'Madam Bank' by former husbands cause she was generous with the men she loved, again and again.
Najib Shammas: first husband, granted her 5 years of marriage, as well as her firstborn son, eponymously named Sabah,
and was grandfather to her 2 grandchildren by him. Najii and Danielle Shammas both now live in the U.S.
Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud: She spent several months married to this Arabian prince, and got a divorce because
of determination from her husband's family, or the Saudi royal house of Saud, to separate them.
Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy:  He 'bowed' out after four years not before fathering her daughter, now dance teacher/ actress
living in the U.S.
 Howayda Mansy.
Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag: his marriage to Lebanon's rather flashy Sabah seemed at odds with his
penchant for religiosity in his TV shows which took on a more sombre tone than Sabah's showy facade.
Less is more: Rushdy Abaza. This Egyptian actor's life was nipped in the bud, prematurely dying of cancer, as was his
marriage of barely 3 days. He came to this marriage not before 4 others, so like Sabah no stranger to wedlock. Apparently her most significant or 'big' love. Short but sweet.
Actor Youssef (Joe) Shaaban - another marriage of creative differences, lasting just a month. Another student of the Koranwho strayed to the stage and briefly into the Lebanese temptress's web. Other marriages included
royalty-  and the blood line of Mohamed Ali-  as well as to our regal Sabah.
She's had her share of 'Joe's and we're not talking about coffee: Youssef Hammoud gave her a marriage of 2 years.
Wassim Tabbara from a profile of poltical names, this Tabbara was a Lebanese comedian and actor/ director whose marriage to Sabah exceeded the 5 year mark, not quite surviving the '7 year-itch' however.
Fadi Kuntar, another Lebanese entertainer with alias or stage name 'Fadi Lebanon': during her still very much unfolding
 life drama, he captured his legend wife in a biographical film-documentary in the 1990s. He holds the record for going
 the whole 17 years with her; her longest marriage.
Joseph Gharib: 'Gharib' - strange in Arabic. How fitting, given their initial marriage as April Fools prank, later turned 
bon fide wedlock, as reported this month.  Her hair-dresser of 17 years became 8th husband, qualifying her a place in the Guinness Book of Records as oldest bride at 85.
Her only daughter from early marriage to Anwar Mansy- not the longest-haul marriage, but the one that bore her this daughter
in her own creative image. Howayda Mansy is a dance teacher, sometimes actress, in the U.S.  Seemingly single- perhaps a
response to her mothers prolific marriage record.
The future's bright, the future's orange? Will her hair-raising senior marriage carry her through her twilight
years, or will she try for '10'? WHO? Sabah, as Lebanon's darling, might want to try a man at the heart
of Lebanese politics: She did once receive a rose & a phonecall from General Aoun.
Sabah: The still-going- Lebanese legendary singer-actress, born Janet Gergi Fighali, but more known for her stage name
Sabah, or pet-names as the diminutive Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (the singing bird). 'Madam Bank' by former husbands cause she was generous with the men she loved, again and again.
Sabah: The still-going- Lebanese legendary singer-actress, born Janet Gergi Fighali, but more known for her stage name Sabah, or pet-names as the diminutive Sabbouha or Al Shahroura (the singing bird). 'Madam Bank' by former husbands cause she was generous with the men she loved, again and again.
Najib Shammas: first husband, granted her 5 years of marriage, as well as her firstborn son, eponymously named Sabah,
and was grandfather to her 2 grandchildren by him. Najii and Danielle Shammas both now live in the U.S.
Najib Shammas: first husband, granted her 5 years of marriage, as well as her firstborn son, eponymously named Sabah, and was grandfather to her 2 grandchildren by him. Najii and Danielle Shammas both now live in the U.S.
Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud: She spent several months married to this Arabian prince, and got a divorce because
of determination from her husband's family, or the Saudi royal house of Saud, to separate them.
Khalid bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud: She spent several months married to this Arabian prince, and got a divorce because of determination from her husband's family, or the Saudi royal house of Saud, to separate them.
Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy:  He 'bowed' out after four years not before fathering her daughter, now dance teacher/ actress
living in the U.S.
 Howayda Mansy.
Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy: He 'bowed' out after four years not before fathering her daughter, now dance teacher/ actress living in the U.S. Howayda Mansy.
Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag: his marriage to Lebanon's rather flashy Sabah seemed at odds with his
penchant for religiosity in his TV shows which took on a more sombre tone than Sabah's showy facade.
Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag: his marriage to Lebanon's rather flashy Sabah seemed at odds with his penchant for religiosity in his TV shows which took on a more sombre tone than Sabah's showy facade.
Less is more: Rushdy Abaza. This Egyptian actor's life was nipped in the bud, prematurely dying of cancer, as was his
marriage of barely 3 days. He came to this marriage not before 4 others, so like Sabah no stranger to wedlock. Apparently her most significant or 'big' love. Short but sweet.
Less is more: Rushdy Abaza. This Egyptian actor's life was nipped in the bud, prematurely dying of cancer, as was his marriage of barely 3 days. He came to this marriage not before 4 others, so like Sabah no stranger to wedlock. Apparently her most significant or 'big' love. Short but sweet.
Actor Youssef (Joe) Shaaban - another marriage of creative differences, lasting just a month. Another student of the Koranwho strayed to the stage and briefly into the Lebanese temptress's web. Other marriages included
royalty-  and the blood line of Mohamed Ali-  as well as to our regal Sabah.
Actor Youssef (Joe) Shaaban - another marriage of creative differences, lasting just a month. Another student of the Koranwho strayed to the stage and briefly into the Lebanese temptress's web. Other marriages included royalty- and the blood line of Mohamed Ali- as well as to our regal Sabah.
She's had her share of 'Joe's and we're not talking about coffee: Youssef Hammoud gave her a marriage of 2 years.
She's had her share of 'Joe's and we're not talking about coffee: Youssef Hammoud gave her a marriage of 2 years.
Wassim Tabbara from a profile of poltical names, this Tabbara was a Lebanese comedian and actor/ director whose marriage to Sabah exceeded the 5 year mark, not quite surviving the '7 year-itch' however.
Wassim Tabbara from a profile of poltical names, this Tabbara was a Lebanese comedian and actor/ director whose marriage to Sabah exceeded the 5 year mark, not quite surviving the '7 year-itch' however.
Fadi Kuntar, another Lebanese entertainer with alias or stage name 'Fadi Lebanon': during her still very much unfolding
 life drama, he captured his legend wife in a biographical film-documentary in the 1990s. He holds the record for going
 the whole 17 years with her; her longest marriage.
Fadi Kuntar, another Lebanese entertainer with alias or stage name 'Fadi Lebanon': during her still very much unfolding life drama, he captured his legend wife in a biographical film-documentary in the 1990s. He holds the record for going the whole 17 years with her; her longest marriage.
Joseph Gharib: 'Gharib' - strange in Arabic. How fitting, given their initial marriage as April Fools prank, later turned 
bon fide wedlock, as reported this month.  Her hair-dresser of 17 years became 8th husband, qualifying her a place in the Guinness Book of Records as oldest bride at 85.
Joseph Gharib: 'Gharib' - strange in Arabic. How fitting, given their initial marriage as April Fools prank, later turned bon fide wedlock, as reported this month. Her hair-dresser of 17 years became 8th husband, qualifying her a place in the Guinness Book of Records as oldest bride at 85.
Her only daughter from early marriage to Anwar Mansy- not the longest-haul marriage, but the one that bore her this daughter
in her own creative image. Howayda Mansy is a dance teacher, sometimes actress, in the U.S.  Seemingly single- perhaps a
response to her mothers prolific marriage record.
Her only daughter from early marriage to Anwar Mansy- not the longest-haul marriage, but the one that bore her this daughter in her own creative image. Howayda Mansy is a dance teacher, sometimes actress, in the U.S. Seemingly single- perhaps a response to her mothers prolific marriage record.
The future's bright, the future's orange? Will her hair-raising senior marriage carry her through her twilight
years, or will she try for '10'? WHO? Sabah, as Lebanon's darling, might want to try a man at the heart
of Lebanese politics: She did once receive a rose & a phonecall from General Aoun.
The future's bright, the future's orange? Will her hair-raising senior marriage carry her through her twilight years, or will she try for '10'? WHO? Sabah, as Lebanon's darling, might want to try a man at the heart of Lebanese politics: She did once receive a rose & a phonecall from General Aoun.