Is Ali Sethi Married? Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, and novelist Ali Sethi was born to journalists and politicians Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin. He became well-known after publishing The Wish Maker in 2009.
Despite having some musical training at a young age, Sethi didn’t start taking regular lessons in Hindustani classical music until after receiving his undergraduate degree.
The well-known qawwali and khyal master Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, as well as the renowned ghazal and classical singer Farida Khanum, were his teachers during his training.
On the internet, there are speculations that Ali Sethi has been involved in a prominent gay marriage. So, is Ali Sethi married? Or are these rumors just baseless? Let’s go right to it and read the article to get the truth about the Pasoori singer’s marital status.
Is Ali Sethi Married?
It is not confirmed whether Ali Sethi is married or not. There have been reports circulating claiming that singer Ali Sethi and artist Salman Toor were married in what appeared to be the first prominent gay union featuring a Pakistani star.
The details of their marriage are unknown. Actually, the rumors started when some intimate photos of Ali Sethi and Salman Toor appeared on the internet.
But it is also possible that they are dating but not married but we have to wait until the information from Ali himself before jumping to the conclusion.
After photos of Ali Sethi and Salman Toor were shared along with the report of their alleged marriage, hundreds of Pakistanis attacked the Pasoori singer and his father Najam Sethi, a renowned journalist and the former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) member.
Liberal groups praised Najam Sethi for “raising a brave son” after the marriage’s announcement. Islam forbids gay marriage, and Pakistani law also forbids it.
After the news broke online, homophobic insults flooded Pakistan’s Twitter. The reports of the marriage were not confirmed by either Najam Sethi or Ali.
Ali Sethi Openly Identifies as Queer
Ali Sethi is one of the rare artists from Pakistan that publicly identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. He believes that homophobia is on the rise in his country and feels it is his duty to be openly queer.
According to the Washington Post, Ali said on publicly identifying as queer:
“I think what I’ve always been trying to do is find this place of reconciliation. Because growing up I was told ‘You’re either this or that.’ I just rejected that.”
The Pasoori singer who performed at Coachella earlier this year in April continued,
This could “become more explicit and literal with time, especially if I start writing in English. But where I’m at right now, this idiom feels very nicely comforting to me, where I think I can express myself very fully while also communicating with people who are like me, all over South Asian culture.”
How Pakistani People Reacted to Ali Sethi’s Rumored Gay Wedding?
According to information gleaned from Twitter, the singer of Pasoori wed artist and business partner Salman Toor in a private ceremony held in New York City.
You won’t find proof. The occasion took place in NY. This is because i have connections to them.
— Thinking Kitty (@Angorafeline) August 10, 2023
Whether this is genuine or not, there have been a variety of responses online to the news of Ali Sethi and Salman Toor’s reported marriage.
Ali sethi married to his gay partner Salman toor. Like for real. Where is this country heading toward.
O Allah protect us from azaab e jahanum pic.twitter.com/8SX8ksV51A
— tahreemsuhail (@tahreeem_) August 9, 2023
Why is Ali Sethi being gay or being with Salman toor is such a shocker to everyone?? pic.twitter.com/gjgFc2NYKT
— naina (@baeaitbaar) August 10, 2023
Twitter is also flooded with memes such as one given below:
muh dikhai salman toor dega ya ali sethi?
— 𓃠 (@peesho444) August 10, 2023