Actor Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia have announced they are splitting after 20 years of marriage. The couple issued a joint statement, which said that the decision was mutual.
It read, “After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth. We have always been solid when it has come to us, we will continue to be solid for each other and our loved ones, as we embark upon a new journey.”
There were rumours that Arjun’s closeness with Sussanne Khan, ex-wife of actor Hrithik Roshan, may have caused strain in their relationship. 45-year-old Arjun and 47-year-old Mehr, both former models, had got married in 1998 and have two children, 16-year-old Mahikaa and 13-year-old Myra.
The statement further added, “Both of us being extremely private people feel strange to be making this statement, but such are the circumstances of our lives. Where the truth can get distorted and lost. We are a family, our love for each other is forever intact and we shall always be there for one another and most importantly, for our children Mahikaa and Myra. We would therefore appreciate our privacy through this time. Thank all for their support. Relationships can end, but love lives on. We won’t be commenting on this any further.”
The news of their separation had first surfaced years ago after the couple were spotted outside a court. Arjun had then taken to Twitter to deny the rumours. He had written, “The truth about Bandra court?The couple were old friend Marc Robbinson and Wallucha.Oops they got their facts all wrong again.”
The truth about Bandra court?The couple were old friend Marc Robbinson and Wallucha.Oops they got their facts all wrong again. #fakepress
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) March 11, 2015
Meanwhile Sussanne Khan has termed rumours ‘malicious’ blaming her for their split. “Arjun and Mehr are friends and have been for years. To poison a relationship such as this is malicious behavior. I have, with Mehr, earlier stated in the same paper that there is no truth to the claim that Arjun and I are anything more than friends,” Firstpost quoted Sussanne as saying in a statement.
“I never was and am not an idle Bollywood wife who has all the time in the world to spread canards and lies that damage relationships and lives,” Sussanne added,