Just a week before his 13th wedding anniversary (December 20), Hrithik Roshan, announced something that stunned his fans everywhere. The golden couple of Bollywood, Hrithik and Sussanne, have decided to end their 17 year long relationship (which includes 4 years of their courtship). And within minutes of their statements, the media was rife with speculations. While some alleged that Hrithik’s rumoured affairs with his co-stars was the reason, others claimed that is was a cheap publicity stunt.
Whatever maybe the case, fans are heartbroken, friends are shocked, and the tabloids are obviously having a field day. Take a look at the truth behind the much-hyped Hrithik-Sussanne split:
Recently, Sussanne had abruptly left her father-in-law, Rakesh Roshan’s 64th birthday party hosted in Blue Sea, Mumbai. Earlier in 2013, she also was missing from the Ganesh Visarjan celebrations of the Roshan family. Hrithik’s tweet, “Just a thought - your life is less about you and more about the people around u who love you!” also set a lot of tongues wagging. Before Hrithik had issued a statement about their divorce, Sussanne had moved out of their house with their children and was living with her parents.
Hrithik shocked everyone on December 13, through an official statement about his marriage, saying, “Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17-year relationship. This is a very trying time for the entire family.”
A little after Hirthik’s statement, Sussanne too made an official statement saying, “We are two individuals who respect and care for each other and have made our own individual choices. We are parents to two wonderful kids and our responsibility remains to protect and take care of them. Nothing can change that. Would appreciate if we are given our privacy in such a time. Thank you for your warmth and concern for both of us and the family.”
While other couples of Bollywood who were or are headed for divorce always tell the press that their decision was mutual, Hrithik’s statement clearly puts the blame of the split on Sussanne alone. This was seen as quite an uncharitable act by Sussanne’s friends.
One of Sussanne’s friends was quoted saying, “I am shocked that he sent out a statement like this. I am sorry but it seems like he is seeking sympathy. Also, there was no need to stress that he still believes in the institution of marriage. Does that mean that Sussanne doesn’t? We are all shaken by his stance. She has stood by him through a lot of rough times. She never went to the press and ‘blamed’ him for anything and she expected the same from him.”
Hrithik and Sussanne, despite issuing a press release about their divorce, still have not given up on each other. Sussanne’s sister, Farah Khan has tweeted, “Everything in this world is as permanent or as temporary as we see it. Would like to request the media/friends to be sensitive to the fact that there are two innocent children involved and no one can predict the future.”
Even Sussanne's father, vetran actor Sanjay Khan was quoted saying, “They both are intelligent and wonderful people. It’s just that they need space. Of course this is not a closure. They respect each other. To resolve issues, may be this is what they thought was good.”
Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor have always shared a sizzling chemistry on-screen before and after Hrithik’s marriage and it is no wonder that the media was abuzz about a possible affair. However, to put an end to this, the two actors decided to not sign any more movies together. In fact, Zoya Akhtar’s Kismet Talkies, a film that was supposed to star them was also shelved because of this!
After Kareena, it was Hrithik’s bold chemistry with his Kites (2010) co-star Barbara Mori, which again made the media speculate about his ‘marital bond’. When Kites was being shot, Sussanne had left the couple’s residence and had gone to live with her parents. When the rumours started talking about Hrithik and Barbara’s affair, Rakesh Roshan issued a statement saying that Sussanne had left because their house was under renovation. Soon after the film was released, Sussanne and Hrithik were again spotted together and the rumour mill was put to rest then.
A lot of people claimed that the couple had decided to split because Sussanne was apparently getting close to Arjun Rampal. But Arjun told the media that he came to know about the couple’s split at the same time as the media. He said, “Mehr and I wish them only peace and love through these times, and support them as friends should and we wish them and their families well, always. It is very sad when friends close to you take a decision to separate. These are the hardest times for them and we must be sensitive towards this decision, rather than creating speculation and rumours.”
Some fans believe that Hrithik-Sussanne’s split is just a cheap publicity stunt. Even in 2010, when reports of actor’s glaring chemistry with Babrara surfaced, many held that it was a way for producers to generate publicity for their upcoming film.
But, what does Hrithik need publicity for now? Krrish 3 is a huge success already and he does not have upcoming movies that are close to release. In fact, the actor is undergoing treatment in the U.S. So we say, the split is definitely not a publicity stunt.
Hrithik and Sussanne are definitely going through the toughest phase of their lives and we hope that these childhood sweethearts make a decision that will make them and their children happy in the long run.