Riz Ahmed Revealed He's Married To Author Fatima Farheen Mirza And Told The Story Of How They Met

    "We just both sat down at the same table in a café where we both turned up to write."

    Here's your latest update in celebrity romance news: Riz Ahmed is married!

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    The Rogue One actor revealed during an appearance on the Tonight Show on Wednesday that he got married during lockdown to novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza.

    The news follows days of reports that Riz had "secretly" gotten married after he let it slip during an episode of Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast — but, he explained to Jimmy Fallon, he never intended to keep it a secret.

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    "I guess because we live in a social media age, if you don't get on the megaphone about stuff, it's like it's a secret," Riz said.

    He continued: "I never know how much is oversharing. Like, I'm into matcha lattes, but that's just never come up. I'm not a secret matcha latte drinker — do you know what I mean?"

    "We obviously kept it super intimate and socially distanced, hardly anyone there," Riz said of the wedding. "We did it in a backyard, which was nice in lots of ways."

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    "I think the nicest thing about it was you didn't have 500 aunties hanging around you, pinching your cheeks," he joked. "No disrespect to the aunties, but Asian weddings are big."

    He went on to explain that he and Fatima met while he was preparing for his movie Sound of Metal, and honestly, the meeting sounds like something out of a rom-com.

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    "We just both sat down at the same table in a café where we both turned up to write," Riz explained. "We were both jostling over the same laptop plug point. It's like a very modern way of meeting."

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    "We struck up a friendship, and then we reconnected down the line," he said.

    Congratulations to the happy couple! 💍

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