Bollywood weddings are not just about couples maintaining their washboard abs, toned bodies, or liking for each other throughout the time span that they spend together. Love and loyalty are the inevitable traits that hold a marriage together. When you fall in love, you vow to keep the fondness and warmth for each other all life long, such is the sanctity of love marriage. And, when celebrities get hitched, it all plays out like a fairytale romance in the minds of their fans.
However, this picture-perfect disposition can be a myth as well. Blame the dark side of glamour, ever prying tabloid glare or the realisation that Cupid can indeed strike twice (or even more times for some), but the fact remains that matches made in heaven do end up midway on earth. So, here we bring to you a few Bollywood love marriages that shockingly ended in divorce; and a some that are headed in that very direction.
After sharing 18 years of beautiful memories (technically it is 22 years which includes their dating period), Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan called it quits in 2016 and their divorce came through in May 2017. It was a mutual decision and the custody of their son is with Malaika, and Arbaaz has the rights to visit him anytime. Despite separating legally, the two are very cordial and are often seen dining and vacationing together. They have always maintained that they are a part of each other’s life. After the separation, Arbaaz is reportedly in a relationship and might be tying the knot soon (read here).
#2. Farhan Akhtar-Adhuna Akhtar
Actor-director-singer, Farhan Akhtar who is known for doing path-breaking movies like,Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has finally called it quits with his wife of 15 years, Adhuna Akhtar. Adhuna is herself a celebrated hairstylist and the couple has two daughters, Shakya and Akira.
The news of their separation took everyone by surprise. However, there had been rumours about trouble brewing in the couple’s marriage for quite some time. The Akhtars issued a joint statement announcing their separation in January 2016 and requested the media to give them their privacy and keep their children out of it. The couple’s divorce came through in 2017.
#3. Hrithik Roshan-Sussanne Khan
Hrithik and Sussanne have always been one of the most adored couples in Bollywood, and have always exhibited the ‘perfectly in love’ guise. So, the official news of their split came as a huge shock to their fans, well-wishers and even loved ones. Hrithik and Sussanne had been married for 14 years, and courted each other for around 4 years before tying the knot. On November 1, 2014, Hrithik and Sussanne were finally granted the divorce by the Bandra family court.
#4. Anurag Kashyap-Kalki Kochelin
The couple parted ways and started living separately for more than a year, but only recently the two were granted a divorce. They fell in love while working on movie Dev D in 2009, and tied the knot in 2011. Kalki confirmed the news of their separation while giving an interview to the Times of India, saying:
“I was not sure where my relationship with Anurag was going. All of it was unclear. Now, we are pretty clear that we are not going to be together. We have already applied for divorce and will get it soon.”
The couple was granted a divorce by a family court in Mumbai, on May 19, 2015. Anurag is reportedly seeing a 23-year-old woman (read more).
#5. Karan Singh Grover-Jennifer Winget
They were one of the most loved pairs of the small screen, both on- and off-screen. And now, they have legally separated. Actor Karan Singh Grover took to Twitter, to reveal the news of his impending divorce. Here is what he tweeted:
“For all those who are concerned, you might have heard that Jennifer and I have separated and will soon be getting divorced. I just wanted to confirm that it’s true. The decision has been mutually agreed upon and the reasons are too personal to share….”
After the separation, Karan was rumoured to be dating his Alone co-star Bipasha Basu, who he eventually married on April 30, 2016. Many speculated the marriage won’t last long but looking at Bipasha and Karan, this doesn’t stand a chance. Before Jennifer, Karan was married to actress Shraddha Nigam for about a year, before the two got divorced in 2009.
#6. Pooja Bhatt-Manish Makhija
Another one of love relationships that hit a ‘confirmed’ rough patch is of Pooja Bhatt and Manish Makhija’s. Pooja and Manish got married in 2003. The bubbly actress and the gutsy director, Pooja Bhatt went on expressing the real reason behind her broken marriage on Twitter:
“To all those who care and especially those that do not my husband Munna, and I have decided to part ways after 11 glorious years of marriage. Our split as some might call it, is amicable and we hold each other in the highest esteem for now and forever.”