Amir Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom branded ‘a joke’ for saying stay-at-home mums should be paid more than a lawyer or surgeon – The Sun

AMIR Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom shocked GMB viewers today as she argued that stay-at-home mums should be paid more than surgeons.

The mum-of-two appeared on the ITV breakfast show alongside former Sugarbabe Amelle Berrabah to debate whether there should be payment for looking after your children.

Speaking to hosts Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway Faryal argued: “Us staying home we’re working like 90 hours a week.

“We’re not just looking after our children but the entire house, the CEO of the house is not getting paid. It’s like laundry, cooking, cleaning looking after your children.

“And I think that when you put it all together we should get paid more than like a surgeon or a lawyer, it adds up to £100,000 a year, more than that.”

However, Amelle argued that having children is a choice adding: “If you choose to have children, you should bring your children up with love, I just can’t see it as a job.”

Kate stepped in to point out that perhaps Faryal should be sharing the workload with her husband, professional boxer Amir Khan.

But Faryal said this wasn’t an issue thanks to their paid help.

She continued: “I’m lucky enough to get help and get a cleaner and get a cook but what about other mothers?

“Some of my friends can’t afford to work, they have to leave work to look after their children because childcare is more expensive and their husbands don’t have that extra money to give their wives.”

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Kate then pointed out that having children isn’t a right, and that many couples are unable to have kids, asking Faryal why people should pay tax to those who can.

“What about your own sanity?” she replied.

“I can’t even shower without an audience without my children it’s a 24/7 job without a break.”

She added: “You don’t get appreciated, you’re doing all this, and if someone was to give you that bit of appreciation to go out, to enjoy a bit and have that time to yourself.

“You go into depression if you’re constantly just home looking after your children.”

However, viewers were unanimous in their opinion that people should not be paid to parent, taking to Twitter to air their opinions.

One wrote: “Utterly ridiculous statement. If you want paying to bring up your kids you’re having them for the wrong reasons.

“Having children is an honour and a blessing, there are many in this world that would give up everything to have kids so thinking you should be paid is beyond belief!”

Agreeing another incensed viewer tweeted: “I'm a single mum who has to work and when I get home I do all the chores. Can I get double for having two "jobs"”


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And a third wrote: “Getting paid to bring your own kids up!! What next?? Never heard anything like it.”

Amelle ended the debate arguing that she wouldn’t be able to put a price on “looking after her children and her husband.”

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