Who is Deborah Bashir? Wife of disgraced ex-BBC journalist Martin Bashir keeps away from limelight with family
Martin Bashir, who is in hot water for the 'deceitful' tactics he used to get Princess Diana's interview for BBC's 'Panorama,' has kept his family out of the spotlight
After the inquiry held by BBC into the conduct of journalist Martin Bashir, many of his false claims have been exposed damaging his credibility. An inquiry that was pushed for by Princess Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer in autumn of 2020 has put the limelight on the journalist's unethical practices to gain access to Princess Diana and get her to agree to an interview.
He contacted Earl Spencer and made false claims about the threats against Princess Diana. These claims were so worrisome that Earl Spencer requested Princess Diana speak to Martin Bashir directly for clarity. However, the claims that Bashir made were based on false information and forged documents.
They did however fuel Princess Diana's paranoia about being plotted against, which resulted in the Princess opening up to Bashir during the interview. While a lot about his professional life has been put under the spotlight, not much is known about his private life.
Who is Deborah?
Martin Bashir's wife Deborah has always stayed away from the limelight and not much is known about her, except for the few instances when the couple have been spotted together. What is known is that she is not in the media profession like her husband and is not part of the entertainment industry either. Her Instagram account is also private, shunning the limelight unlike her more (in)famous husband.
It was reported that in 2008, Bashir was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was spotted during a scan after Bashir had sustained a head injury. Deborah was present by Bashir's side through the ordeal and supported him while he battled his illness. Recently, in October 2020, Bashir also contracted the coronavirus. His medical condition was not revealed to the media at the time.
It is said to be a difficult time for his family, at present, after Lord Dyson's report said Martin Bashir used 'deceitful' tactics to secure the interview with Princess Diana. Deborah and Martin share three children -- Samuel, Phoebe, and Eliza. While information about his children is also not available to the public, Bashir had announced the arrival of his first grandchild in February 2019 on Twitter.
He had posted, "A little joyous news: our precious daughter Phoebe has just delivered a healthy firstborn. The little fella and his Mama are both doing well: Deo Gratias."
A little joyous news: our precious daughter Phoebe has just delivered a healthy firstborn. The little fella and his Mama are both doing well: Deo Gratias. pic.twitter.com/QjoHHmlBb3— Martin Bashir (@MartinBashir) February 28, 2019
In November that year, Bashir also shared a picture of his grandchild and wrote, "Here’s why we’re prepared to travel half-way around the world for just a few days. Our one and only grandchild, firstborn of our daughter Phoebe & husband Tom," and added, "The absolutely scrumptious chub-star: Baby Nate! He said, 'Pops, don’t worry about being voted off @thexfactor - let’s sing some nursery rhymes.' #blessed."
The only other time he had mentioned any of his children was in May 2014 when his son Samuel had graduated. He wrote at that time, "Proud parents today as our son, Samuel, graduates from his Masters program and prepares to serve. Congratulations, son - now go get 'em!"