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While celebrity couples never fail to give us major #CoupleGoals, the news of their separation or divorce often comes as a bolt from the blue for many of us. Couples who had once shown us how to keep up with a happy marriage, often steer apart for their own personal reasons giving their fans a reason enough to mourn for days. In such difficult times too, our favourite celebs prove as an exemplar of how to lead life with utmost dignity and happiness, thus telling the world “Jo Dil Naa Lagey, Usey Keh Do Bye Bye Bye Bye!” And one of the best (now estranged) couples of the telly town, Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat are going through the same phase. (Do Read: Malaika Arora Shares A Pretty Pic Of Herself, Sanjay Kapoor Teases Her About 'In-House Photographer')
The camaraderie shared between Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat spoke about volumes of love for one another. Hence, we were taken aback when on February 2019, the grapevine was abuzz that Ridhi and Raqesh were facing trouble in their paradise. Without letting the fire spread much further, the duo had released a joint statement confirming to one and all that the two have been living separately. Their joint statement could be read as “Yes, we are living separately. This decision has been taken with mutual respect and care for each other and our families. We are two best friends who may not be a couple anymore. But our friendship will continue as it always has, through thick and thin. Appreciate if no further speculation is made and heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all the love you have always given us."
Although Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat are no longer considered a ‘couple’ (we hope for the best though!), the duo is always encouraging each other and getting at par with their current circumstances with utmost grace. And hence, when Raqesh turned 41 yesterday (September 01, 2019), his ex-wife, Ridhi, took to her Instagram stories and celebrated ‘Raq Day’ for him! She posted a series of pictures and different wishes for her estranged hubby on Instagram to mark the occasion. Here are all the screenshots of the same for you to checkout:
Isn’t it great? To give you more details about Raqesh Bapat and Ridhi Dogra’s separation, post their official statement, Raqesh was contacted by The Times of India, and he had shared that he and Ridhi will continue to remain friends with each other. The Saat Phere actor was quoted as saying, "Yes, Ridhi and I have decided to separate. There is nothing bad and it's, in fact, a positive one. We are in a good space even now and will be the same forever. We are great friends and will continue to be the same always. We married as two best friends marrying each other and the special bond will always be there. Our friendship will always be there."
Raqesh Bapat had also added that it's just that the definition of love that has changed now for the two of them. He had added that the vibes between each other are very different after 8 years into marital bliss, "Sometimes there is no reason as such. Over a period of eight years, you get to know how someone fits in your life. So, there is no specific reason that I can point out to. The vibes sometimes just don't work. We still love each other, it's just that the definition of love, in our case has changed now." (Must Read: Kapil Sharma Reveals The Preparations He And His Wife, Ginni Chatrath Are Doing For Their Little One)
Ridhi Dogra also had a word with the Bombay Times and she had said that the basic reason behind their separation is incompatibility. The Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak actress had retorted, "Raqesh and I were, are and would like to remain best of friends because that’s the understanding we share. There is incompatibility, and that’s about it. I don’t wish to make it dramatic or painful for either of us. We have very carefully and maturely tried to handle the situation and tried our best to not hurt each other or our families. We realised that we are better off as friends than partners."
Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat have separated and are planning for a divorce. Talking about the latter, Ridhi had shared, "We need time to figure things out. We are taking it one day at a time. There is no agenda. Everything will happen when it has to. Right now, the most important thing for both of us is to keep the dignity and value of what we have, intact."
On being asked if there is any chance of reconciliation for the two, Ridhi Dogra had replied, "Both of us are very positive people, who always wish everyone and each other well. It’s unfortunate that something like this has happened. But we still want to value each other as human beings. We have realised that if a relationship doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world. Another learning that we have gained from the experience is that one doesn’t have to become negative, bitter or dirty. As weird as it may sound, we are helping each other heal." (Also Read: Neetu Singh Opens Up On Husband, Rishi Kapoor's Cancer, Shares How Her World Crumbled)
Raqesh and Ridhi, we are sure that you two are doing the best for one another, but we still hope that we share the ‘good news’ of a possible reconciliation with everyone! Having said that, here’s wishing Raqesh, a belated happy birthday!