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Saudi man first to divorce wife via Twitter

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Saudi man first to divorce wife via Twitter

Overjoyed businessman says it just seemed like the obvious thing to do at the time as he had run out of phone credit

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Abdulaziz Goldstein attempts to recreate the moment when he sent the decisive tweet

RIYADH: Guinness World Record judges last night confirmed that Abdulaziz Goldstein had become the first man to divorce his wife via Twitter.

“We’ve been painstakingly going through Twitter’s archives and can finally announce that Mr Goldstein is indeed the first to successfully terminate his marriage through the social networking site in 140 characters or less,” a Guinness spokesman said in a statement.

The 38-year-old Saudi sent the termination tweet of ‘I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you’ to his former wife, who wishes to remain unnamed, while away on business in Bahrain in February of this year. It was only when friends suggested that Goldstein might be the first to use the platform to make such an annulment did he contact Guinness.

“I’m amazed,” he told The Pan-Arabia Enquirer from his hometown of Riyadh last night. “When I sent the tweet, I never thought in a million years that I would be the first to do so. It just seemed like the obvious way to do it at the time, as I had run out of credit so couldn’t send an SMS.”

Using the remaining 96 characters of his tweet, Goldstein is believed to have asked his then wife to remember to take the trash out and pick up his mother from bridge club.



  1. Breathe

    January 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    How disgusting. If that seemed to him like "the obvious way to do it" then he really needs to grow up and learn to respect women, his wife, and marriage in general.

    • rai

      March 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

      calm down, this is a satirical piece.

  2. Duo Verthree

    January 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hi, totally agree, I just found your blog via your profile. Some amazing writing, hit me right square in the chest. Noticed you haven't written anything for a while, how come?

  3. A Believer..

    January 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Excuse the language, What an ass.

    She's better off without that jerk.

    • patnaikt

      March 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      They have no qualms to use technology of the 21st century for an archaic custom. How disgusting! Wish they modernised their customs too!

  4. Sohan

    January 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Did anyone notice "Entirely made up by The Pan-Arabia Enquirer" at the bottom?

  5. Mubarek

    January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    can't believe you fell for it. obviously you made a conclusion before you even read the text. very typical

  6. Sohan

    January 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    On that note, there WAS a case of a Saudi man who dropped the Talaq bomb onto his wife with an SMS (not a tweet). This was in 2009, and from Iraq, not Bahrain.

  7. Kamal

    April 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Doesnt any1 else find it weird that this Saudi’s name is Abdulaziz GOLDSTEIN??

    • The Pan-Arabia Enquirer

      April 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Yes, it’s very weird.

      • H of Arabia

        November 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        He’s probably related to the Goldsteins from that little village just north of Jeddah…

        And yes. It’s way past disgusting what he did. Allowing his wife to have access to technology, let alone Twitter in the first place!!!!!

        • Mike Bruski

          March 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

          exactly.. first they start using twitter, the next thing you know they are out meeting strange men in hotels! Buy her a canary instead, they also tweet.

  8. Philippos

    April 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

    He could have saved some characters by tweeting ‘I dvrc u x 3’, then he could have passed on a few more instructions. Oh well, maybe next time.

  9. Anonymous

    March 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

    “abdulaziz goldstein” LOL! rilliant!

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