By Shreya Sharma Last Updated:
Rakhi Sawant is the ultimate drama queen and sometimes it gets hard to believe her words. It was back in 2019 when Rakhi had surprised everyone with the announcement of her wedding with a UK-based mystery man, Ritesh. To announce her ‘married’ status, Rakhi had posted pictures of herself, dressed as a bride in a white gown with a veil over her head, hair left loose, chooda and mehendi as she held a bouquet of tulips. Since then, the mystery around her husband, Ritesh has become the talk of the town. It was during her stint in Bigg Boss 14 that a lot about her married life had come out in open.
During the course of the show, BB 14, Rakhi had made several revelations about her married life. From disclosing that she had to marry Ritesh to save herself from someone to revealing that Ritesh was already a married man with a child and she only got to know about it after their marriage, Rakhi had talked a lot about her husband. While her statements had melted many hearts, some had called her fake and had said that she was cooking up stories to be in the show.
Now, in a conversation with The Times Of India, when Rakhi was asked whether her marital status is sorted, complicated or to-be-decided, she shared that her husband wants to be with her. Rakhi also shared that she doesn’t want to share her husband with any other woman and said, “It's a mix of all three. But my husband Ritesh has told me that he wants to be with me. However, he isn't able to come down in today's times. I am waiting. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and I haven't exchanged fake marriage vows with him. I can't be sharing him with any other woman. The fact that he was married before tying the knot with me and is a father as well has jostled me. I have left the decision to him. The ball is in his court.”
When asked about his age and why is he not coming in front of the world, Rakhi replied, “He is 37/38. I had asked him this question before marriage too. Little did I know the reason was his first marriage. But I still respect and love him from the bottom of my heart. I didn't love him earlier, but now I do. However, now, I will decide after contemplating each and everything about him. I have taken many hasty decisions in my life. If this marriage does not sustain, I shall never marry. Having said that, I must add here that Ritesh has spent a lot on my mother and me and has promised me a flat in Mumbai.”
Rakhi was also asked how she could marry her WhatsApp friend about whom she did not know much. She narrated the story about what made her marry Ritesh and said, “Log mithai khaane ke liye aur shopping karne ke liye desperate hote hain. I was desperate to get married. My marriage with Ritesh was the outcome of another chapter in my life. A very violent guy from Gujarat was forcing me to marry him. I had gone out on a date with him to Goa where my friends had also accompanied me. I saw a video there which had him beating up someone in his farmhouse. Later, he threatened to kidnap me if I didn't marry him.”
Recalling the entire incident, Rakhi added, “One day I was fervently praying that God should get this aggressive man out of my life. At that point, my phone rang. It was Ritesh. I told Ritesh that he should find a good guy for me. Those days, though, it was felt that I wouldn't make a good wife, daughter-in-law and mother as I was very controversial. Kyun bhai? Yahan to log saalon saal jail me kaatte hain, unki bhi shaadi ho jaati hai, bachche bhi ho jaate hain. I have done no crime. We are a democracy and I reserve the right to speak my mind. Excuse me, why am I judged? Just because I dance in the industry? Don't I pay my taxes? Anyway, Ritesh promised to help and we began talking more and more with the passing of each day. Suddenly he popped the marriage question and sent me his bank statement. Seeing that statement, I felt I must marry him as that would mark the end of my struggle.”
Rakhi also shared that her husband, Ritesh had not turned up for their wedding the first time. She said, “He didn't turn up for our marriage. He apologised. This happened not just once. I asked him in no uncertain terms that why was he dilly-dallying our marriage. Finally, he came down to Mumbai and we tied the knot. This marriage helped me to ward off the Gujarat don.” When asked if she has met Ritesh’s first wife, Rakhi said. “No, but I have seen her photos.”
We hope all the complications in Rakhi’s married life end soon and she gets to live her ‘happily ever after’ with Ritesh!