Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his wife, filmmaker Kiran Rao have shocked their fans by announcing a divorce after 15 years together.
Calling it "not an end but the start of a new journey", the couple issued a joint statement and shared that they had been planning the separation for a long time.
“In these 15 beautiful years together we have shared a lifetime of experiences, joy and laughter, and our relationship has only grown in trust, respect and love. Now we would like to begin a new chapter in our lives - no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family for each other (sic),” the statement reads.
Aamir Khan has released an official statement announcing his divorce from wife Kiran Rao. The couple has been married for 15 years now and has a son Azad. #AamirKhan #kiranrao pic.twitter.com/gOL2TgfMQS— Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani77) July 3, 2021
As the couple has decided to go their separate ways, they shared that they will continue to be co-parent to their son, Azad who was born through surrogacy, and will also carry on their social media work under their Paani Foundation.
"We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalise this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does. We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together. We will also continue to work as collaborators on films, the Paani Foundation, and other projects that we feel passionate about,” it added.
Shocked by the news, fans have taken to social media expressing their sadness.
Saddened, heartbroken, shattered and completely devastated to learn that Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao are divorced. I feel for Aamir, it’s second time that he is getting divorce & will end up paying huge alimony. World is not fair to the man with is 5’2” after wearing 8” heel— Ra_Bies 2.0 (@Ra_Bies) July 3, 2021
One more star couple announced divorce. #AamirKhan and #KiranRao are now parting ways. Earlier this year, Bill & Melinda Gates divorce news shocked many. Relationships are fragile. They need a lot of effort and constant attention.— Sandeep Aatreya (@SandeepAatreya) July 3, 2021
I don't think their is anything wrong in taking divorce . It is a sign of progressive society.We have to ensure that our next generation altlest have courage to admit things like divorce & dont have to hide behind the hypocrite family values #AamirKhan.— APSB (@birBOL_tuhSUN) July 3, 2021
Meanwhile, on the work front, Aamir will next be seen in 'Laal Singh Chaddha', a Hindi remake of the Hollywood film 'Forest Gump'.