TV presenter Waleed Aly has become one of the most talked about personalities on Australian television since walking away with the Gold Logie earlier this month.
Despite his high profile he has managed to lead a relatively private life with his wife Dr. Susan Carland and their 2 children.
In an interview with TV Week recently, Aly opened up about his 9 year old son Zayd and his autism.
‘Because of the early diagnosis, he was able to get the support he needed. He’s just coming on in leaps and bounds,’ The Project host said.
The diagnosis of Zayn happened in 2011 and was initially a ‘major thing’ for the family. He and his wife had decided to keep their family life away from the public eye. But recently, a discussion prompted them to be more open and discus his son’s diagnosis.
‘I’d decided I wasn’t going to talk publicly about it partly because I thought it was his [Zayd’s] call,’ he said.
‘But I had a really good chat with Susan, and we spoke about whether it would be a good thing for us to do.’
Waleed has been a huge supporter of Autism research and intervention and has often discussed the topic on his award winning show. He said he felt like the stigma associated with the condition was beginning to wane.
Waleed and Susan were married in 2002 and their first child, Aisha, is 13. The couple are extremely private, and unlike many high profile identities do not have an overly active life on social media. In fact Waleed doesn’t have a FB or Instagram account.
Carland, who was raised as a Christian, converted to Islam when she was 19 years old before meeting her future husband.
She had decided at the age of 17, while still involved with a Baptist church, to start investigating other religions.
‘I started to think ‘why do I believe what I do?’ Is it because I think it’s true or is it because that’s what I’ve been raised as. So I decided to look at other religions and no religion to see what made sense to me,’ she said.
‘When I stumbled across information about Islam, it surprisingly made a lot of sense to me.’
The couple met soon after Carland converted when a friend introduced them but she reportedly told him at the time ‘I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last man on Earth’. She then got back in touch with him after a few years after realising she was comparing every man she met to Aly. They went on to marry in 2002.
Photos courtesy of Instagram.