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After months of speculations, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya had officially announced their divorce on October 2, 2021, a few days before their fourth wedding anniversary. They had tied the knot on October 6-7, 2017, in a two-day destination wedding in Goa. While their fans wanted them to announce the ‘good news’, their divorce had broken many hearts.
For the unversed, to put an end to all the speculations about their separation, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya had issued a joint statement on October 2, 2021. Announcing their divorce on their respective Instagram handles, they had made a post that could be read as:
''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.''
It’s been three months since their divorce announcement, but the reason behind the same is still not clear. While many reports around the reason for their divorce have been circulating in media, for the first time, Naga Chaitanya addressed the same. While promoting his film, Bangarraju, during a media interaction, Naga talked about his divorce with Samantha and shared that it was a mutual decision. Stating that if she is happy then he is happy, Chaitanya said:
“It is ok to be separated. That is a mutual decision made for their individual happiness. If she is happy, then I am happy. So divorce is the best decision in such a situation.”
Ever since their divorce, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya have maintained their silence on the reason behind it. While Samantha often shares cryptic posts on her IG stories, indicating that she had a tough time before taking the decision to part ways, Chaitanya had always remained tight-lipped about it. However, in December 2021, Chaitanya had said something in an interview that had made netizens believe that it was indicated towards his ex-wife.
A video from Naga Chaitanya's interview had gone viral on social media, in which, when he was asked about his choice of roles, he had retorted saying that he is open for all kinds of roles but would not take up any character that tarnishes his family's name. In his words:
“I am game for all kinds of roles. However, those roles should not affect my family and our reputation. I will not accept roles that would embarrass my family members.”
Earlier, there were reports that Samantha had decided to end her marriage with Chaitanya because his family was against her performing bold scenes in her movies. As per a report in ETimes, the possible reason behind Chaitanya and Samantha’s divorce was the fact that The Family Man 2 actress was still working in the glamour world.
The report had further suggested that Samantha's glamorous photoshoots and portraying bold roles in her movies were some of the major reasons behind a rift between her and Naga Chaitanya's family. It was also reported that Naga's father and iconic actor, Nagarjuna Akkineni, had wanted his daughter-in-law, Samantha, to quit acting after marriage. Therefore, Chaitanya's remark in an interview had made the netizens believe that it was targeted towards his ex-wife, Samantha Ruth Prabhu.
Naga Chaitanya had made his first public appearance after announcing his divorce with Samantha Ruth Prabhu for the promotions of his next film, Most Eligible Bachelor.