Farhan Akhtar opens up on how he told his daughters about his divorce
Farhan Akhtar shared that it is important to tell children about what’s going on between their parents because they often figure it out from the environment at home
Farhan Akhtar is one the most well-spoken celebrities in Bollywood. Not only is he an actor, but also a well-versed musician, director, producer and screenwriter. He started his career as producer with Dil Chahta Hai back in 2001, which proved to be a worldwide commercial success, and later made his acting debut in 2008 with Rock On!! He is now gearing up for the release of The Sky is Pink, which is due to hit screens tomorrow, and has been receiving a lot of praises ever since its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last month. Farhan plays a father in his upcoming film, and speaking on fatherhood, the actor recently spoke up on how he told his daughters about his divorce from their mother.
Farhan got married to Adhuna Bhabani in 2000 and have two daughters together, Shakya and Akira. In 2016, the two decided to part ways and eventually got divorced in 2017. Speaking on how he discussed the divorce with his daughters, Farhan said, “Anything you tell your child which you think your child doesn’t want to hear is never going to be easy. Children understand way more than you and I can imagine. They have a sense of energy of how their parents are feeling. As long as you don’t lie to them and you feel ‘It’s okay, I have told them, they can now do whatever’, things will come around. Eventually, a child will understand why you have done what you have done - maybe not at the moment. But you just have to be honest with them and in turn, they will be honest with you.”
On their split, Farhan and Adhuna released a joint statement. It stated, “This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they be protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner.” Farhan is currently dating singer Shibani Dandekar and the two have been going strong for over a year.