Mumbai: The love that sparked on the sets of ‘Lagaan’ in 2001, and flourished in to a beautiful marriage in 2005, withered away 15 years later today, as actor Aamir Khan and his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao announced their divorce on July 3 in a joint statement.
The couple, however, said that they will co-parent their son, Azad Rao Khan, as well as continue with their professional partnership on Paani Foundation and ‘other projects that (they) feel passionate about’.
“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,” a statement issued by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao read.
The statement added that Aamir and Kiran separated ‘some time ago’ and added that despite living apart, the couple will ‘nurture and raise’ their son Azad Rao Khan together. “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,” the statement said.
“We will also continue to work as collaborators on films, Paani Foundation, and other projects that we feel passionate about. A big thank you to our families and friends for their constant support and understanding about this evolution in our relationship, and without whom we would not have been so secure in taking this leap. We request our well wishers for good wishes and blessings, and hope that – like us – you will see this divorce not as an end, but as the start of a new journey,” it added.
For the unversed, Aamir and Kiran first met during the shoot of ‘Lagaan’, in which he played the lead role and Kiran was an assistant director. They tied the knot on December 28, 2005 and welcomed their son Azad Rao Khan in 2011.
Aamir was previously married to Reena Dutta for 16 years, from 1986 to 2002 and has two children, Junaid Khan and Ira Khan, with her.