Mumbai: Following the shocking news of actor Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Akhtar separating, rumour mils have been abuzz with reports of yet another Bollywood couple parting ways. According to reports, producer-actor Arbaaz Khan and actor Malaika Arora Khan are headed for a divorce, after a marriage of 17 years.
Entertainment portal spotboye.com reported that Malaika moved out of their Bandra home recently and is said to have shifted to an apartment in Khar, along with her 14-year-old son Arhaan. This apartment is in the same building in which her sister actor Amrita Arora Ladak’s in-laws stay. Buzz is that Malaika is in a relationship with a British businessman.
While both Arbaaz and Malaika didn’t answer our calls and texts, Malaika’s manager maintains that all is well in their marriage. “As far as I know they are very much in love and are not headed for a divorce,” she told us.
Malaika, who was hosting television show Power Couple along with Arbaaz, is no longer seen on the show, and Arbaaz is hosting it alone. A source from the sets of the show tells us, “Right from the beginning of the shoot in December, the couple had asked for separate rooms and did not talk to each other on the sets. Even during breaks, they went to their respective rooms and had no interaction at all.”
Malaika was also conspicuous by her absence at Arbaaz’s sister Arpita Khan Sharma’s baby shower in Dubai recently.
The two tied the knot in December 1998 and have been married for 17 years.
Only recently actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and hairstylist Adhuna Akhtar, his wife of 15 years, had announced their separation. Farhan, 42, and Adhuna 48, had issued a joint statement stating that they had ended their marriage and would like their privacy to be respected. They have two daughters — Shakya and Akira.
The statement read, “This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they be protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner.”