In a surprising turn of events, Arjun Rampal announced his split with wife, Mehr Jesia this morning. The couple who were married for 20 years, have two daughters together and many fans didn’t see this coming. However, the duo issued a joint statement confirming the split and their decision to move on.
Let’s take a look at the 20 years that Arjun and Mehr spent together:
HOW THEY MET
Mehr who is now 47, was born in Mumbai and hailed from a Parsi family. Arjun on the other hand is 45 and was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in a military family.
Young Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia
Mehr Jesia was a much sought after model before she won the Femina Miss India pageant in 1986. In the meanwhile, Arjun was trying to find his foothold in the modelling industry too until he finally made his Bollywood debut with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat in 2001. The couple met during their modelling days and tied the knot in 1998, much before Arjun set foot in the film industry.
LIFE AFTER MARRIAGE AND CONTROVERSIES
Having tied the knot at an early age, the duo had their first child Mahikaa four years after thy tied the knot (she is 16 now) and the younger one Myra (13) few years after.
Arjun and Mehr with their daughters
Arjun and Mehr were close friends with the now divorced couple Hrithik and Sussanne, and were often seen hanging out together at the movies and at events around town. However, trouble soon started brewing in paradise. Rumours of an affair between Arjun and Sussanne soon surfaced and caught speed when Hrithik and Sussanne announced their divorce in 2013. Arjun however denied the affair and released an official statement dismissing all the rumours.
Arjun, Mehr and Sussanne
Along with rumours of an alleged affair between Arjun and Sussanne, reports of a massive rift between Mehr and Arjun also started surfacing. It was reported that Arjun had moved out of their family home and the couple had started living separately. While there was no confirmation from the couple about this happening, reports stated that they attempted to give their marriage a second chance and reconcile.
The last family outing in May, before announcing the split
Fast forward to today, the duo announced their mutual decision to split through a joint statement that read: “We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations, henceforth. Relationships can end, but love lives on. After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth. We have always been solid when it has come to us, we will continue to be solid for each other and our loved ones, as we embark upon a new journey. Both of us being extremely private people feel strange to be making this statement, but such are the circumstances of our lives. Where the truth can get distorted and lost. We are a family, our love for each other is forever intact and we shall always be there for one another and most importantly, for our children Mahikaa and Myra. We would therefore appreciate our privacy through this time. Thank all for their support. Relationships can end, but love lives on. We won’t be commenting on this any further.”