Bachelor: The Malaysian-born star, whose real name is Kandiah Kamalesvaran, has moved out of the marital home and is living alone at a country club in Sydney’s Northern Beaches
‘There was no way my parents would’ve given their blessing. Because she was Indian, I was Sri Lankan. And the twain shall never meet,’ he told ABC’s Talking Heads in 2005.
‘It’s like the Greeks and the Italians, and the Irish, you know, the Catholics and the Protestants. That sort of prejudice.’
The couple share two children, musician Rajan, 52, and singer Rani, 50.
‘She still cooks me her unbelievably delicious lamb shanks every fortnight’: The estranged couple remain close, however, regularly meeting up for dinner
Kamahl has been a part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years, and is best known for his appearances on Nine variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
The singer, who arrived in Adelaide in 1953, was often the butt of jokes by stars such as Daryl Somers, John Blackman and Molly Meldrum, and was associated with the catchphrase: ‘Why are people so unkind?’
He also enjoyed success in Europe, with his 1975 single The Elephant Song hitting No. 1 in the Netherlands and making the top 30 in Denmark.
Familiar face: Kamahl has been a part of the Australian music industry for more than 50 years, and is known for his appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Pictured with host Daryl Somers