Rita Johal, the woman behind Manchester City player Riyad Mahrez

Mon 25 January 2021 | 18:30

Rita Johal, the aspiring popstar, is best known as the ex-wife of Riyad Mahrez, the professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algerian national team. Read on to find out more facts about Rita Johal.

Rita Johal is a model and an Instagram influencer; however, she is widely known as the ex-wife of the

Premier League


Riyad Mahrez

. She was born on 21 August 1992, meaning that

Rita Johal’s age

is 29 as of 2021. She is originally from Gravesend, Kent, England.

Riyad Mahrez began his football career by playing for French club AAS Sarcelles and made his professional debut with Quimper football club in 2009. In January 2014, Mahrez signed for English side

Leicester City

, helping them win the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of his first season.

In 2018,

Manchester City

signed a five-year contract with Riyad Mahrez, the 27-year-old winger, costing a club record of £60m.

In August 2015, Rita Mahrez tied the knot with Riyad Mahrez, and only a few friends and family members were invited to their wedding ceremony. They welcomed their first daughter, Inaya, later that year.

Mahrez and his ex-wife were reported to have a second daughter, thought to be born in late 2016. They never revealed her name and were quite successful in keeping her away from the spotlight.

The followings are some lesser-known facts about Rita Johal:

The first interesting fact about Rita Johal is that she is the look-a-like of the American media personality, Kim Kardashian.

Rita Johal biography

The beautiful model and pop singer, Rita Johal, was born on August 21, 1992, and was raised in her hometown, Gravesend, Kent, England.

Rita Johal seems to be the only child of her parents. Rita comes from an Indian origin.

Although Rita Johal attempts to stay away from the media spotlight, she has always been chased by the limelight as the look-alike of the American media personality, Kimberly Noel Kardashian West, most famously known as Kim Kardashian.

Rita does not court the limelight and instead makes herself busy in her day to day activities away from the media.

Rita Johal’s religion

is Islam just like her husband even though

Rita Johal's nationality

is different.

Johal got married in August 2015 in an occasion that was attended by their close friends and family members.

The couple first met in 2012 on London’s Oxford Street where Mahrez approached her and started a conversation. They soon exchanged numbers and the rest was history.

Among interesting

facts about Rita Johal

is her separation story. People supposed that the couple has been happily married but it came to an end in 2019 following a trial separation.

Rita used to support her then husband on social media, avoiding any public appearance."

Rita Johal's ex-husband

Rita got married to the professional footballer, Riyad Mahrez in 2015.

Rita's husband, who stands at the height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.79 meters), holds Algerian nationality and embraces Algerian ethnicity.

Unfortunately, Rita's husband faced a family struggle when his parents divorced while Riyad was just at the age of eight. After the divorce, Riyad's mother struggled to make ends meet. His father who was an electrical engineer died of a heart attack when Mahrez was only 15.

Rita's husband, Riyad, turned his pain into his strength instead of succumbing to despair to fulfill his father's wishes.

Eventually, Riyad started his football journey in 2004, joining AAS Sarcelles. Riyad's professional career as a footballer began in 2009 after he joined Championnat de France Amateur (CFA).

In 2018, Riyad signed for Manchester City with a £60 million deal. In the field, Riyad proved himself with his excellent dribbling skills and other abilities at the club. Riyad might have made a net worth of great value.

Riyad Mahrez was unknown in English football. That was until Leicester City bought him for around £450,000 from Ligue 2 club Le Havre in 2014. And the rest, as they say, is history. Mahrez went on to help Leicester win the Championship, Premier League and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

In 2016, Mahrez told reporters that he didn't know who Leicester were and that he thought they were a rugby club before he joined the Foxes.

He became the first African player to win the PFA Player of the year award in recognition of his achievements in the 2015/16 campaign.

The tricky Algerian winger became Manchester City's club-record signing when he joined them in a £60m deal after a lengthy transfer saga.

Rita Johal’s love life

Rita Johal and Riyad Mahrez

first met in 2012 on London’s Oxford Street, where Mahrez approached her and started a conversation. They soon exchanged numbers and started dating.

Rita and Riyad dated for five a few years before exchanging their wedding vows in 2015. Later, they got married in a secret ceremony. The couple has two daughters together.

Mahrez credited his ex-wife with helping him settle in the UK after moving from French side Le Havre. Rita, who is originally from Gravesend in Kent, taught him English.

Later, it was reported that Rita was seen 'chatting intently' with American boxer Deontay Wilder at a club in Manchester.

Rita johal and Deontay Wilder

were accused of flirting, which left her ex-husband, Riyad mehraz devastated.

In an interview, Rita had told how she originally spurned his advances because he was a footballer and she feared him cheating on her.

She said, “I found out he was a football player and was like, ‘I don’t want this life.’ I didn’t want to date a footballer because I thought there were going to be girls looking to chase him.

"Then he pursued me and bombarded me with phonecalls and FaceTimes and it was meant to be.”

In 2019, the couple decided to divorce after living apart for a while


The main reason behind Johal and Mahrez divorce was never disclosed to the general public.

Rita Johal flirting with a boxing champ

A source said, “They were chatting intently, laughing and joking. You could see there was chemistry there and a real connection. But because of where it was, a lot of people noticed how well they seemed to be getting along.

One of Mahrez sisters pulled Rita away from the boxing champ. Ex-model Rita hit it off with Wilder after they were introduced in the VIP-section of the celebrity-packed nightclub.”

It was reported that Mahrez was devastated to hear how Wilder had flirted with his wife who is the mother of his two children.

A noticeable

fact about Rita Johal

is that she has 509,000 Instagram followers, including Wilder and she follows just 81 people on Instagram, including Wilder.

Rita Johal and Riyad Mahrez divorce

After four years of married life, Mahrez is now reportedly dating RHOC star Dawn Ward's daughter Taylor after splitting from his ex-model wife Rita.

It was also reported that Taylor, who has been linked to Riyad's teammate

Sergio Aguero

, refused to pursue a romance until she knew Mahrez’s marriage was over, and she even supported him at Man City's EFL semi-final match on Wednesday.

A British newspaper has recently revealed that Taylor, 22, was previously linked to fellow Riad Mahrez in Manchester City, Argentine star Sergio Aguero, initially refused to develop her relationship with the Algerian international before it was confirmed that his previous marriage had officially ended.

The newspaper revealed that Taylor encouraged Riyadh Mahrez during his participation with his team last Wednesday in the League Cup semi-final match against Manchester United, as they were seen recently while leaving a nightclub.

Riyad Mehrez and Rita Johal have been married since August 2015, and they had two daughters together.

Rita Johal provoked anger


fact about Rita Johal

is that she has been outraged by the crowd after filming a video, driving on a highway with her feet on the dashboard!

The video, which spread very quickly on social networking sites, showed Rita Johal, smiling in the camera with her self-driving car, according to the reports.

The video was posted on the social network Instagram, and Mehrez's ex-wife was widely criticized and attacked after the video was posted.

"The wife of the Algerian star could have killed someone. It was very dangerous," said one witness. "She clearly thinks she can do whatever she wants. She was putting everyone on the road around her."

Rita Johal social media

Speaking of

Rita Johal social media

, it should be mentioned that she is a Model, Popstar, and Instagram Influencer. The talented model is also the former wife of Manchester City Player Riyad Mahrez. Johal is also a brand ambassador of Vitanic, a non-alcoholic grape-flavored cocktail.

As another fact about Rita Johal, it should be mentioned that she has 509,000 Instagram followers and she follows just 81 people on her Instagram account.

Rita Johal Instagram

account is



Riyad Mahrez Instagram

has more than 5 million followers (



Some western media brought Rita to the limelight after she began posting photos of her. She is rumored to look-alike American media personality Kimberly Noel Kardashian West. She is an active social media user and keeps posting photos of her photoshoot and her children.

Rita runs a YouTube Channel under the name of 

Rita Mahray

 with 24.5K subscribers. Moreover, Rita has become successful in gathering a huge fan following her Instagram account. As mentioned before, she has more than half a million followers on her Instagram account.

The weird fact about Rita Johal is that despite being a public figure, her Instagram account is private!

Rita Johal Relationship


Rita Johal relationship

, it has been reported that she is dating the boxer, Anthony Joshua. They have been spotted several times at a shisha bar and also at a party at a mutual pal’s pad.

Rita Johal was seen with her hand on the boxing champ Joshua's knee after she and husband Riyad reportedly agreed on a trial separation to live 200 miles apart.

On the other hand, Mahrez is in an open relationship with fashion student Taylor Ward, daughter of Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star Dawn.

After their divorce, Mahrez was reported to be seen with Taylor, the daughter of Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star, Dawn Ward. Taylor is said to be related to Mahrez’s teammate Sergio Aguero.

It was reported that she refused to be intimate with him until he had finalized his divorce proceedings. Since then, Taylor who is a fashion student has been spotted around Mahrez at public events such as public nightclubs.

Rita Johal net worth

The final fact about Rita Johal is that she likes to keep her personal life away from the media. Therefore, the exact amount of

Rita Johal’s net worth

is still under review. Following her posts and sources, she seems to be living a happy and lavish life along with her daughters. In general, Mahrez's family net worth is estimated to be $25 Million.

Rita once said to reporters, "Our lifestyle is pretty lavish as everyone wants the best and to have luxury things.

"We all want that good life and luxury lifestyle because what’s everyone working hard for at the end of the day. But while it's nice to have, it’s not what makes you happy.”





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