They’re the Australian cricket couple who married amid this month’s ball tampering crisis.
And now Usman Khawaja, 31, and his new bride Rachel, 22, have shown off their island honeymoon, weeks after a stunning Queensland wedding.
In a post featuring an ultra-relaxed Rachel barefoot on a pushbike, she told her followers the location of their luxury Maldives getaway was ‘paradise’.
Island life: The trip comes three weeks after the newlyweds married in a stunning ceremony on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland
‘Riding around in paradise! I can’t get over how beautiful this place is, I may never come home…’ Rachel wrote in the caption.
The shot shows the new bride on a wooden pier gazing out over the Amilla Fushi resort’s tropical turquoise waters.
In the lead-up to their April 6 nuptials, Rachel, who was raised Catholic, made the decision to convert to the faith of her devoutly Muslim partner.
The couple previously opened up to 60 Minutes about the decision, saying Rachel not adopting Islam wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for the relationship.
Poolside: The pair honeymooned at the Amilla Fushi resort and took full advantage of its tropical turquoise waters
Inside look: Rachel showed followers the couple’s luxury accommodation on her Instagram story
‘Waking up in paradise’: The couple are seen to be enjoying their choice of tropical getaway
‘I never was going to put a gun to Rachel’s head and say you have to convert,’ Usman told the program.
‘I told her I would prefer her to convert but she has to do it on her own. Unless it comes from you, comes from the heart, then there is no point doing it.’
Rachel said her family and parents have been supportive of her decision to convert to Islam.
Newlyweds: In the lead-up to their April 6 nuptials, Rachel, who was raised Catholic, made the decision to convert to the faith of her devoutly Muslim partner
New faith: ‘I told her I would prefer her to convert but she has to do it on her own. Unless it comes from you, comes from the heart, then there is no point doing it,’ Usman said of his wife’s decision to convert to Islam
Last year, her mother even fasted for Ramadan with her.
Usman also admitted to Who! magazine following the wedding that he was ‘watery-eyed’ on their big day, and is proud to call Rachel his wife.
‘The wedding ring still feels really weird on my hand, but I’m so happy to be able to call Rachel my wife,’ he said.
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