Mumbai: Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora’s divorce proceedings were concluded last noon at Bandra’s Family Court putting an end to their near-two-decade-old marriage. The couple arrived colour-co-ordinated in white in the same car though none of their family members could be spotted with them. Their lawyers, Kranti Sathe and Amruta Sathe-Pathak, when called, confirmed the development. While leaving the court complex, they looked at ease and were chatting with each other.
The couple, that was seen together a day prior at DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, attending the Justin Bieber concert with their son Arhaan, had applied for mutual separation around December 2016 and the date had been set for May 11. They were granted divorce and the custody of their 14-year-old son, according to sources at the court, has been given to Malaika while Arbaaz can visit his son whenever he wants.
Over the last 24 months, the couple’s relationship has been through several twists. The cracks between Arbaaz and Malaika came to the fore in early 2016 after which everyone in the Khan family, including Salman Khan tried to mediate and help the couple reconcile. However, they officially applied for divorce putting all the conjectures about the future of their relationship to rest. But, for the last few months, while they had been going through counselling sessions, buzz was that they were planning to give their relationship another chance.
Despite the divorce application, the couple had continued to be seen together in public along with their son and Malaika’s family on important occasions. They were often seen at dinners and parties looking at ease in each other’s company. After the divorce, hearsay is that they plan to continue to work together and are likely to co-produce Dabangg 3 that rolls in a year or so.