UPDATED: July 3, 2021 10:54 PM IST
In a joint statement issued on July 3, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao announced their divorce and termed it is as “the start of a new journey.” Before Kiran Rao, Aamir was married to Reena Dutta for 16 years, from 1986 to 2002.
Aamir tied the knot with Kiran Rao in December 2005 and would complete 16 years of their marriage this year. Incidentally, Aamir’s marriage with Kiran Rao and Reena Dutta each lasted 16 years.
AAMIR KHAN AND REENA DUTTA
Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta were neighbours. During an interview in 1999, Aamir had said that he pursued Reena Dutta quite a number of times but she refused continuously. As Aamir ultimately lost hope in the situation, Reena approached him and confessed her feelings for him.
Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta got married on April 18, 1986. They have two children, son Junaid and daughter Ira. In December 2002, Aamir Khan filed for divorce from Reena Dutta.
AAMIR KHAN AND KIRAN RAO
Aamir Khan met Kiran Rao on the sets of his 2001 film Lagaan, where she worked as one of the assistant directors of the film. After his divorce from Reena Dutta in 2002, Aamir met Kiran again. During his interview, Aamir had said that Kiran called him after his divorce and both had a nice conversation and he realised that he felt “happy” after that.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao started dating soon after and also lived together for some time before getting married on December 28, 2005. Their son Azad was born through a surrogate in 2011.
AAMIR KHAN ANNOUNCES DIVORCE FROM KIRAN RAO
Aamir and Kiran Rao announced their divorce on Saturday in a joint statement and said that “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. 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, Kiran and Aamir.”