Dhanush and Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth are the newest addition to a long list of celebrated couples that have separated or divorced recently. Celebrities such as Sushmita Sen and Samantha Akkineni have all endured splits and heartbreaks in the recent past.
What follows are five of the top news-making separations among celebrities of recent times, from high-profile divorces to on-and-off relationships that are most definitely over now.
Dhanush and Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth
Actor Dhanush and Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwaryaa announced their separation at the same time last night. The pair issued identical statements on social media, confirming that they are separating.
While the former couple chose to not wash dirty linen in public view, Dhanush and Aishwaryaa said they needed to “take time to understand (them) as individuals for the better.”
These celebrities’ statement read, “18 years of togetherness as friends, couple, as parents and well-wishers to each other. The journey has been of growth, understanding, adjusting and adapting. Today we stand at a place where our paths separate. (Aishwaryaa and Dhanush) have decided to part ways as a couple and take time to understand us as individuals for the better.”
Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya
Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya did not get the happily-ever-after story tagline they would have wanted in 2021. They are filing for divorce after four years of marriage.
Samantha and Chaitanya announced their separation in a joint statement on social media in October 2021. “To all our well-wishers. After much deliberation and thought Chay and I have decided to part ways as husband and wife to pursue our own paths. We are fortunate to have a friendship of over a decade that was the very core of our relationship which we believe will always hold a special bond between us. We request our fans, well-wishers and the media to support us during the difficult time and give us the privacy we need to move on. Thanking you for your support,” the statement read.
The announcement of separation follows rumours of Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s split-up trending online for weeks. It had started when the actress had changed her name on her social media profiles from Samantha Akkineni to “S”.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
Singers Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello decided to part ways in November 2021 after dating for two years. These celebrities had announced the sobering news on their respective Instagram Stories, sharing a message signed by both of them, which read, “Hey guys, we’ve decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another is stronger than ever. We started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”
After being friends for years, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello officially started their romance in July 2019.
Sushmita Sen and Rohman Shawl
Rumours about Sushmita Sen and her umpteenth boyfriend Rohman Shawl’s breakup had been doing the rounds for quite some time. The former Miss Universe recently confirmed that her romantic relationship with Rohman was “long over” but they remained “friends”.
Posting a picture with Rohman, the Aarya web series star wrote in her post: “We began as friends, we remain friends! The relationship was long over… The love remains.” She accompanied the post with the hashtags #nomorespeculations, #liveandletlive, #cherishedmemories, #gratitude, #love and #friendship. Rohman Shawl and Sushmita Sen reportedly started dating in 2018.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao announced their divorce on 3 July 2021 after 15 years of marriage. Describing their divorce as the start of a “new journey,” the pair said in a joint statement, “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.”
Aamir, one of the most respected and loved actors in the country, was married to Reena Dutta for 16 years but the couple got divorced in 2002. Following his divorce, Aamir found love again in Kiran Rao and married her on 28 December 2005. They welcomed their son Azad Rao Khan through surrogacy in 2011.