Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Image Source: IANS News

July 05 : Superstar Aamir Khan and producer-director Kiran Rao on Saturday announced their decision to get divorced after 15 years of marriage. However, on Sunday, they shared a joint video with a message.

On Sunday, the former couple recorded a video message together and said that they are happy, only their relationship status has changed. In the video, Aamir and Kiran were seen holding hands and sharing smiles as they spoke about their “changed relationship”. Aamir said that he and Kiran will continue to work as collaborators on movies, their NGO, Paani Foundation, and other professional projects.

On Saturday, while announcing their divorce, Aamir and Kiran said in a joint statement that their decision is mutual and they will co-parent their son Azad. Their joint video message issued on Sunday went viral on social media, in which Aamir addressed the fans and talked in Hindi, as he said, “Toh aap logon ko dukh bhi hua hoga, achcha nahi laga hoga, shock laga hoga. Hum bas itna aapko kehna chahte hai ki hum log dono bohot khush hai aur hum ek hi parivaar hai (You all must be shocked and felt sad by the news. We just want to say that we are happy and we are a still a part of one family).”

Aamir further said, “Humare rishte mein change aaya hai. Lekin hum log ek doosre ke saath hi hai, toh aap log aisa kabhi mat sochiyega (Our relationship has changed. But we are still with each other, so please don’t think otherwise).” 

Aamir continued saying that he and Kiran consider their non-profit organisation, Paani Foundation, to be their baby just like their son Azad. He urged his fans to pray for their happiness. “Paani Foundation humare liye Azad ki tarah hai, jo humara bachcha hai, Azad, waise hi Paani Foundation. Toh humlog humesha family hi rahenge. Humare liye aap log dua kariye, prarthna kariye ki hum khush ho. Bas yehi kehna tha hum logon ko (Paani Foundation is like our son, Azad, for us. We will always be family. Please pray for our happiness. This is all we wanted to say),” he said.

A day earlier, Aamir and Kiran’s joint statement read as, "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. 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." 

The statement further read, We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together. 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. Thanks and love."

Aamir and Kiran first met on the sets of the blockbuster movie Lagaan in 2001. They tied the knot in December 2005, and were blessed with a son, Azad Rao Khan in December 2011. 

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