By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
When a celeb couple, who had once given major #CoupleGoals, announces their separation as a bolt from the blue to their fans, it shatters them completely. But what inspires their fans is how one can find solace in being friends with one another rather being ‘tied’ in the bond of holy matrimony and part ways. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much efforts you put in a relationship, it doesn’t work. Just as much as we were taken aback when the reports of Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat undergoing a separation, we were inspired to see them encouraging each other and getting at par with their current circumstances with utmost grace. (Also Read: Karanvir Bohra Flirts With Wife Teejay As She Flaunts Her Baby Bump In A Saree For Onam Celebrations)
Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat share a beautiful camaraderie, which speaks volumes of their love for each other even after their separation. For instance, when Raqesh turned 41 on September 1, 2019, his ex-wife, Ridhi, had taken to her Instagram stories and had celebrated ‘Raq Day’! She had posted a series of pictures and different wishes for her estranged hubby on her IG handle to mark the special day.
On September 1, 2020, to mark Raqesh Bapat’s 42nd birthday, Ridhi Dogra posted a throwback selfie with her estranged husband. Ridhi captioned the post as “Happy birthday Raq.” Raqesh also shared pictures from his birthday celebrations on IG handle, where he can be seen cutting the delicious cake and posing for the camera. Raqesh captioned them as “Cheers to love, to forgive and to believe in miracles #numerouno #1stseptember #lookingforward.”
In February 2019, the rumours mills had churned the reports of Ridhi and Raqesh 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." (Also Read: Anita Hassanandani And Rohit Reddy React To Pregnancy Rumours, Reveal Why They Are Excited For 2021)
To mark Friendship Day 2020, Ridhi Dogra had shared a screenshot of her Facebook post, which she had shared in 2018 to celebrate the friendship with her now-ex-husband, Raqesh Bapat. Ridhi had captioned the masked selfie with Raqesh back then as “Humari dosti itni gehri hai ki shaadi bhi uska kuch nahi bigaad payegi. Saat saal mubarak and cheers! P.s where are our gold medals #RRhappyfriendshipday.” Ridhi penned a long note with the screenshot, which could be read as “Everywhere in the world people talk about hate and grief and betrayal and hurt. None talks about all the good things that also make up this world. And I am talking about us and just how amazing we are @raqeshbapat. I am proud of the grace and compassion we both have shown. I am proud of the joy and faith, for life, we still hold. I am proud of the integrity and respect we carry!”
Thanking Nichiren Buddhism for helping her evolve into a better human being, Ridhi Dogra had further stated, “I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to #nichirenbuddhism for helping me be a living example of what true humanity can do for us humans if we are always in awareness of our choices. Even in hopelessness there is hope. Even in the faithless there is faith. Even in every end there is a beginning. And for all the things people learn from one another, I hope you pick some of the goodness too!!!! Kindness shouldn't be a thing you show by always walking away into a better life and escaping."
Raising a toast to her and Raqesh Bapat’s friendship on Friendship Day and pointing out how mask-friendly they were back then, Ridhi Dogra had concluded, “If you just decide to choose it over and above the negative emotions by being present where you are, It will open your heart and put you directly one with the universe and it's magnanimous energies. It's all about being open to choices. And being aware of those choices. Next time just notice is it your ego making the choice or your soul? Ego will always think of defending the 'I' Soul always thinks harmony of everyone. So cheers to #RRHappyfriendshipsday for life Raq! P.s. Notice how #maskfriendly we were back then also." (Also Read: Natasa Stankovic And Hardik Pandya's Son, Agastya Turns One-Month-Old, Her Ex, Aly Goni Sends Love)
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Raqesh!