Aamir Khan was married to his childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta for 16 years. After they divorced he was depressed for nearly three years before finally dating Kiran Rao, who became his second wife.
Divorce finalized in 2002
Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta married in 1986 against the wishes of their families. The two are considered childhood sweethearts and were admittedly still very young when they were married. Aamir was only 21 at the time.
Reena ended up becoming very close to Aamir’s family and still is to this day. Despite getting married at a young age, the two waited to have children for a few years. By the time their 16-year marriage was over, their son was 9 years old and their daughter 4.
The two separated in October 2001, reportedly after one too many reports of Aamir’s dalliances with other women. There have been rumours for years, but it’s not entirely clear if there is much truth to those rumours. Aamir is certainly a lady’s man, but he always seems to have loved his wife. Even now he holds her in high regard and the two have a close and amicable relationship.
The two have never spoken about the reasons behind their divorce. They filed it by mutual consent and because of ‘temperamental differences’, which is apparently a thing in India.
There were no issues during their divorce, no fighting, no disagreements. Reena received full custody of their children, though Aamir retained the right to see his kids three times a week, on alternate weekends and for a portion of the summer and Christmas holidays.
He is very involved in both his children’s lives and although he speaks rarely about his private life, one gets the impression that he is proud of his children and loves them dearly.
Reena didn’t vanish from his life after the divorce. Whilst the two weren’t married anymore, their relationship transformed after the divorce and became one of mutual respect and friendship. Due to their children they continue to have a close relationship, one that extents to Aamir’s second wife as well, who says nothing but good things about Reena and her step-children.
Aamir met his second wife in 2001. She was the assistant to the director of a movie he was working on and the two became friendly. There is no suggestion that the two had an affair, which may have been the reason for the end of Aamir’s marriage, however. Kiran says she only started dating Aamir once he was single.
But it took a whole three years before the two became in any way serious. Whilst Kiran once said she fell for Aamir pretty quickly, they took it slow. Aamir was apparently pretty depressed over the end of his marriage and has called it a very difficult thing to go through.
When eventually he did commit to Kiran, the two became inseparable. They married in 2005, but not before Aamir also got his children’s blessing.
Kiran and Aamir had a son, who was born via surrogacy. Kiran had had a few miscarriages, which eventually led the couple to go the surrogacy way. Their young son is their pride and joy.
Their family is a certainly a patchwork family, but it seems to work for everyone involved, including Reena, who is not the ex-wife left behind, but someone, who is still close to her children as well as her ex-husband and his new wife.
It may be an unconventional happy ending and perhaps it’s not even an ending, but one can’t say that anyone here is unhappy with how things turned out.