Zoya Nasir calls off engagement to Christian Betzmann over his offensive comments

Zoya Nasir calls off engagement to Christian Betzmann over his offensive comments

Calling her decision "irrevocable", she said her decision was influenced by Betzmann's take on Palestine and comments on Pakistan.
Updated 22 May, 2021

Hania actor Zoya Nasir has called off her engagement to v-logger Christian Betzmann following a massive internet controversy that erupted following comments he made about Palestine and Pakistan. Making the announcement on social media, she wished Betzmann a "happy future".

The two got engaged earlier this year after Betzmann proposed to her in the Bahamas.

“It’s with a heavy heart I’m announcing that Christian Betzmann and I are no longer engaged to be married. His sudden change in stance towards my culture, my country, my people and insensitivity towards my religion has lead me to take this difficult and irrevocable decision,” she wrote.

"There are certain religious and social boundaries that can’t be crossed no matter what, hence, the decision to part ways. Humility, tolerance and respect towards each other are the virtues that we must always adhere to. I look upon my Allah to provide me with the strength to deal with this worldly emotional wreck. I wish Chris a bright and happy future," Nasir said.

She asked for herself and her family to be allowed privacy at this stage, saying they need the space as they "begin to navigate this emotional turmoil."

Betzmann's opinions on the Israel-Palestine issue had brought him under fire on the internet. With criticism pouring in, he had a falling out with some Pakistanis on social media, and when he criticised Pakistan, users were enraged.

Betzmann invited criticism when he commented on Pakistanis protesting for Palestine, saying, “Social media will never win against government and politics.

"Sharing something which is all over mainstream media won’t make any difference,” he said.

Betzmann was critical of those raising their voice for Palestine. “Stop feeling guilty for others when you’re littering your own country, not helping your own people and community.”

An influencer named Muznah called him out in a detailed post on Instagram.