Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan have known each other for over 22 years and were married for 18. But they were separated for a long time before ending their marriage. Still, both maintain after their divorce they are still family and will always remain close, even if they should find love again.
18 years married
Arbaaz Khan has known Malaika Arora since he was 26. Malaika was 20 at the time. She says that they’ve known each other all their lives and after 24 years, it may well feel that way. Perhaps they’ve even known each other longer than that, but at that age, they began their courtship.
In 1998, when Arbaaz was 30, the two were married. In 2002 they welcomed son Arhaan.
Both, Arbaaz and Malaika, followed a career in Bollywood. They became one of the quintessential power couples in the industry, mostly working as actors and producers, though Malaika is especially well-known as a dancer.
Whatever speculation may have arisen about the couple and their marriage since they were divorced, they appear to have been happy for a majority of the time. Most people don’t stay together for such a long time without loving each other. And they love their son, being committed parents and regarding his well-being as paramount.
Rumours of separation
In 2016 the rumours that something was amiss between Arbaaz and Malaika increased in number. Various ‘insiders’ and ‘sources’ claimed that the two had separated and were no longer living together. At the same time, they could frequently be seen in public together, appearing at events, spending quality time with their son and still very much looking like a happy family.
The situation left onlookers confused and speculation was rife.
Eventually, the two felt it necessary to release a statement, calling all rumours malicious, but at the same time confirming that they had indeed separated, and had lived apart for some time. That didn’t mean, however, that they were planning on divorcing and it also didn’t mean that they were no longer a family. Instead, Arbaaz and Malaika confirmed that they were indeed still a family and that they still had a son together, whom they loved very much and wanted to be there for.
The two made it a point not to reveal anything too personal. Malaika especially declared that it was only their business what was going on and why they had separated. They wanted to be considerate of their son and their families.
Divorcing after all
By the end of 2017, Arbaaz stated in an interview that he and Malaika had been separated for three years. Their divorce had been finalized in May 2017, which means that their marriage fell apart around 2014, maybe early 2015.
Whilst Malaika never revealed a reason for the divorce, Arbaaz said that he needed Malaika too much. More than what could be considered healthy, it seems. He said he needed her like water or oxygen and couldn’t imagine life without her and that was simply too much.
He said that he didn’t want to be without her at first, indicating that the separation and divorce were likely initiated by Malaika. But eventually, he had to move on and deal with it. If there ever was a chance at reconciliation, he thought it should have happened within six months, but no more than a year. It never happened, so it wasn’t meant to be.
Thus, it is not surprising – at least in hindsight – that the divorce eventually proceeded and that it was finalized in May 2017.
Moving on amicably
Neither Malaika nor Arbaaz ever said a bad word about the other. Malaika very much emphasised that Arbaaz was still family and would always be. Their affairs were tied together, and they shared a son. He was a brother to her sister and son to her parents. A divorce didn’t end these kinds of bonds, but they could no longer remain married and the reason would only ever be between the two of them.
Arbaaz uttered similar sentiments and considering how the two partied with their 14-year old son at a Justin Bieber concert only a day before the divorce was finalized, clearly things are very amicable between them. They insist on that on behalf of their son, who shouldn’t be impacted by what went wrong between them.
It’s as healthy a divorce as we have seen, and we have written about a whole lot of them.
The divorce settlement stated that Malaika would get main custody for their son, but that Arbaaz would have access to him anytime he wished. Apparently, Malaika refused any alimony, which is interesting to note, because she has been accused on social media to be divorcing Arbaaz only for his alimony. A ridiculous allegation, especially since Malaika is financially quite independent.
There have been rumours that bother Malaika and Arbaaz have begun dating other people since their divorce, but whilst they may have confirmed that they are seeing someone here or there, nothing serious seems to have developed for either one of them just yet.