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Ending 18 years of married life, Dhanush and Rajinikanth’s daughter, Aishwaryaa had announced their separation on the night of January 17, 2022. They had tied the knot in 2004 when Dhanush was 21 and Aishwaryaa was 23. Together they have two kids, Yatra Raja (15) and Linga Raja (10). The news of their separation had broken many hearts, leaving their fans to speculate the reason behind the same.
It was on October 25, 2021, when Aishwaryaa had made the last post on her IG handle for her now ex-husband, Dhanush, and nobody could imagine that they would announce separation in mere 3 months. Aishwaryaa had shared two photos, one of her father, Rajinikanth and her husband, Dhanush, and one with them as they both were bestowed with prestigious awards on the 67th National Film Awards. Along with the pictures, Aishwaryaa had called it a proud moment and had captioned her post as:
“They are mine … and this is history #prouddaughter #proudwife.”
As everyone is speculating what went wrong between Dhanush and Aishwaryaa, his father, a famous Tamil filmmaker, Kasthuri Raja reacted to the news. In an interview with a Tamil newspaper, Dailythandi, Kashthuri Raja called their separation a mere ‘family quarrel’. He also quashed the reports of their divorce and reportedly revealed that the estranged couple is living in Hyderabad currently. He said:
“Dhanush and Aishwarya are having a family quarrel just like how a normal husband and wife do which does not mean the end. I spoke to both of them over the phone and gave them some advice.”
To announce their separation, Aishwarya R Dhanush and Dhanush had shared a long note on their respective social media handles and had expressed their feelings about the same. Asking people to give them privacy to deal with this, the couple had penned:
"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 I have decided to part ways as a couple and take time to understand us as individuals for the better. Please do Respect our decision and give us the needed privacy to deal with this."
As soon as Dhanush and Aishwaryaa had announced their separation, various reasons had come out for the same in the media. According to a report in India Today, Dhanush and Aishwaryaa’s wedding had hit a rough patch because of their hectic work schedule. It was also mentioned that Dhanush is a workaholic, and it had taken a toll on his family life. The portal had quoted its source as:
"Dhanush is a workaholic. Anyone who knows him can tell that he puts his work before anything else. There have been many instances when his work commitments - travelling between cities and outdoor film shoots - have taken a toll on his family life."
Another report in The Times Of India had stated that Dhanush and Aishwaryaa's friends had mentioned that the two have parted ways owing to their individual life choices. While Dhanush has been busy signing news projects and working hard on the professional front, his now ex-wife, Aishwaryaa had found peace in yoga, exercise and spirituality. The portal had mentioned that their individual life choices had made it hard for them to spend time together.
In 2011, there were reports that Dhanush was dating Shruti Haasan, which had led to turmoil in his married life with Aishwaryaa!