While the rumour mills were abuzz finding the reason for the separation. The couple denied every story people came up with, from Malaika’s lifestyle to Arbaaz not being financially stable and the most absurd of them all, Arjun Kapoor’s increasing closeness to Malaika. The couple has over and over again clarified that the rumours are being fuelled by people who have access to them and are misusing the information to malign their reputation.
The long-running speculations were put to rest when the couple issued a joint statement saying, “The truth is, we have taken a break… We are taking out time to figure out our lives. It’s true that we are separated, but where our lives go… it is for us to decide,”
They have been married for almost 18 years. Earlier in February Malaika had moved out their Bandra residence with her 14year old son Arhaan. One report claimed that Arbaaz Khan was seeking help from Malaika’s close friend Karisma Kapoor. The couple had been seen asking for separate rooms while shooting on sets as well. With the growing unrest among the gossip mongers, Salim Khan, Arbaaz Khan’s father also had to pitch in to clarify that he doesn’t get involved into his children’s life. Later events where in Arbaaz was found partying with sister in law Amrita Arora with her husband Shakeel Ladak, without Malaika. She was also not present at Arbaaz Khan’s sister Arpita Khan Sharma’s baby shower.
The following is their joint statement issued to DNA “We have maintained a dignified silence till now but it is causing us too much confusion and is disturbing for our families. To put all of the speculation to rest, we are giving out this statement. People claiming to be our friends and sources have been speaking on our behalf giving out wrong, malicious information. They have maligned us for long and we have kept quiet and not said a word as it’s a personal matter between us. We have got a child and our families are involved, but just because we have not said anything till now, it doesn’t give anybody the license to speculate on any rubbish about us.
We know that there will be speculation, but it is disturbing to read that Malaika has approached a random divorce lawyer she doesn’t know at all. Nor has this lawyer got in touch with us ever. Whoever this person is, can lose their licence as it’s irresponsible to talk about people who are not your clients.
Humble request to the media, stop speculating and leave us alone. Will talk when ready, please respect our privacy. https://t.co/Coj78XAWEo
The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn’t mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives… Yes, it’s true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to.
We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika. Nor was it about his family disapproving of her lifestyle, nor does she feel that her husband is not financially stable. She is not crying on her brother-in-law Salman’s shoulders, asking him to help. They are our family, so please don’t talk about them like that. We deeply respect each other’s families. We want to put to rest all these articles which are complete rubbish. Till then, please respect our privacy and do not drag our respective families and our child into it.
Everything that has been carried till now is completely baseless.. Everyone is taking our silence as a sign of weakness. When we are ready to talk, we will. It’s a tough and difficult time for us and we will appreciate it if you can please give us our space. We have and hold immense respect for each other and hold each other in the highest regard. Ultimately we will do what’s best for our child, us and our family. Please understand what we are going through. We urge the media not to speculate and kindly do not believe whoever your said sources are, unless you hear from the people concerned.”