For years, Malala Yousafzai was adamant she didn't want to get married.
She said as much as recently as a July 2021 profile for British Vogue, so when Malala shared the news of her November 9 wedding to partner Asser Malik on social media, it was a surprise.
The 24-year-old, who lives in the United Kingdom, said she and her new husband wed in the city of Birmingham and celebrated at home with their families.
"Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life," she wrote on Twitter, adding four pictures to her post.
"We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead."
Today marks a precious day in my life.— Malala (@Malala) November 9, 2021
Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.
📸: @malinfezehai pic.twitter.com/SNRgm3ufWP
In July 2021, Malala spoke to British Vogue magazine about her uncertainly towards marriage.
"I still don't understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can't it just be a partnership?
"My mum is like 'Don’t you dare say anything like that! You have to get married, marriage is beautiful'... Even until my second year of university, I just thought, 'I'm never going to get married, never going to have kids – just going to do my work. I'm going to be happy and live with my family forever.' I didn't realise that you’re not the same person all the time. You change as well and you're growing."
Days later, Malala explained her change-of-mind in an essay for the same publication.
"I wasn't against marriage, but I was cautious about its practice. I questioned the patriarchal roots of the institution, the compromises women are expected to make after the wedding, and how laws regarding relationships are influenced by cultural norms and misogyny in many corners of the world," she wrote.