Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao have announced that they are getting divorced after 15 years of marriage. In a joint statement released on Saturday, the couple said that they will continue to be co-parents for their son Azad.
The statement, signed Kiran and Aamir, read, “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," the statement continued.
“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."
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao married on December 28, 2005, after the latter assisted filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker on Lagaan, which was headlined and produced by the superstar. The couple announced the birth of their son, Azad Rao Khan, through surrogacy in December 2001.
Aamir Khan was earlier married to Reena Dutta from 1986 to 2002 and they have two children, son Junaid and daughter Ira.