By Anindita Mukherjee Last Updated:
Separations are tough. Separations are bad, Separations hurt. A lot goes into the very thought about getting married to someone, let alone being in a marital relationship. When two people, who have been bound by love and marriage, decide to part ways, do remember that a lot of thinking goes into it. While we have many a time shared with you terrible instances of celeb couples breaking their marriage due to violence, Ridhi Dogra and her now estranged hubby, Raqesh Bapat have decided to press pause at their marital bond in a quiet peaceful manner, rewind and take it all one day at a time. (Do Read: Urvashi Dholakia's Love Life Ahead Of 'Nach Baliye 9': Married At 16 Only To Be A Single Mom Later)
We would often coin the hashtag #CoupleGoals for Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat. The duo was always inseparable and every time they would post pictures with one another on their Instagram profile, we would all go ‘awww’. But it was just a week before the day of love, Valentines’ Day, when we came across the heart-shattering news of Ridhi and Raqesh’s separation. While we couldn’t believe our eyes when we had heard the rumours, but the rumours were soon turned to news by the now ex-couple when they said, “Yes, Ridhi and I have decided to separate.”
Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat are doing exactly what they needed to unwind their lives. Every now and then the duo takes to Instagram and share sneak peeks from their lives. They have also partied together with their similar lot of friends post-separation. Just a while back, Riddhi took to Instagram and shared two posts which maybe was a window to her world, thus suggesting what she feels post her separation now. Riddhi posted a quote by Yoko Ono, along with a couple of hashtags. The same could be read as “The sky is always there for me, while my life has been going through many, many changes. When I look up the sky, it gives me a nice feeling, like looking at an old friend.” Another Instagram story that she posted talked about people coming and going from life and instances that are not very long-lasting. Checkout both of her posts below:
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: Sidharth Malhotra Failed Class 9 Due To Girls' Distraction, Wants To Kidnap This Bollywood Star Kid)
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."
Does Ridhi Dogra retrace her life, and in retrospect think that she could have just remained friends with Raqesh Bapat and not get married? To this, she had replied, "To each his own. It is always about two people and their interpersonal equation. We are still trying to keep that love, dignity and value intact for each other, irrespective of where we stand today. We will continue to look out for each other. I feel that only good has come out of our relationship. I have always said that I have learnt a lot from Raqesh and will always maintain that. Friendship leading to marriage is great, but what’s most important is that people should keep their ego in place while handling relationships irrespective of the circumstances, because that helps ease things out, be it in friendship, love or marriage." (Also Read: Sanaya Irani's Husband, Mohit Sehgal Shares A Cute Picture With The Love Of His Life)
In a throwback interview, Raqesh Bapat had spoken about friendship, between the foundation for his and Ridhi Dogra’s love. He had shared, “We are great buddies off-screen; I think friendship is the basic foundation of our relationship. Initially, there was no courtship happening, it’s slowly when I realised it. I used to talk about Ridhi with my sister, she said you are of marriageable age and you have to get married someday so why don’t you talk to Ridhi. I said are you mad or what? But then I understood she was right. We took a step ahead and finally, we got married when we thought it was the right time to take to the next step of life. It was a straight wedding without engagement."
Whatever you decide for yourselves, Ridhi and Raqesh, here's sending truckloads of love to the both of you!