Just a week before his 13th wedding anniversary (December 20), Hrithik Roshan, had announced something that stunned his fans everywhere. The golden couple of Bollywood, Hrithik and Sussanne, had 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.
Finally, roughly after 4 months of breaking the news of their separation, the couple has officially filed for divorce, by mutual consent, in Bandra, Mumbai's family court. The couple's lawyer has been quoted saying in media, "I am representing both Hrithik and Sussanne; they have filed for divorce by mutual consent. The counsellor has submitted the report and the next hearing will take place on October 31. The custody of their kids, Hrehaan and Hridaan, has been awarded to Sussanne." So, all the hopes that their fans held in their hearts of seeing the couple get back together, have received an "official" setback.
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:
Sussanne had abruptly left her father-in-law, Rakesh Roshan’s 64th birthday party hosted in Blue Sea, Mumbai. Earlier in 2013, she was also 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.
The Truth: Real side of the story
What the couple has to say:
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.”
Sussanne’s friends are angry about Hrithik’s statement:
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 separation back in December, 2013, still had not given up on each other. Sussanne’s sister, Farah Khan had 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’s alleged affairs with Kareena Kapoor and Barbara Mori:
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 people thought that Hrithik-Sussanne’s split was just a cheap publicity stunt when the news broke last year. 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 did Hrithik need publicity for, at that time? Krrish 3 was a huge success already and he did not have any upcoming movies that were close to release. In fact, the actor was undergoing treatment in the U.S. So we say, the split that took place back in December, last year was definitely not a publicity stunt. And now, the official news of filing the divorce papers proves that everything was indeed not right between the two.
Hrithik and Sussanne are definitely going through the toughest phase of their lives and we continue to hope that these childhood sweethearts make a decision that will make them and their children happy in the long run.