By Monisha G Kumar Last Updated:
October 6, 2021, would have been Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya's fourth wedding anniversary. But the once madly-in-love couple had shocked their fans after announcing their separation on October 2, 2021. For the past few months, there had been reports of their marriage hitting rock bottom, but their fans were hoping the news to be a sham.
The reports of Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya heading for a divorce had begun when the actress had dropped ‘Akkineni’ from her name on her social media handles. Further, Samantha's absence from Naga Chaitanya's father, Nagarjuna's birthday bash and the success party of his film, Love Story added fuel to the rumours. And when the two officially announced their separation, it came as the biggest bolt for ChaySam fans.
Amongst Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni's heartbroken fans was Samantha's father, Joseph Prabhu, who was shocked to learn about their separation. As per the reports of The Times of India, Samantha's father revealed that his mind went blank ever since he got to know about their split. Joseph Prabhu further stated that he hoped things would get better and also tried to convince Samantha to rethink about her decision.
Talking about their heartbreaking announcement, on the afternoon of October 2, 2021, Samantha and Naga Chaitanya had issued a joint statement on their respective IG handles and announced their separation. Their statement 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.”
Samantha and Naga had also requested everyone to give them privacy during these times. The statement had added, “We request our fans, well wishers and the media to support us during this difficult time and give us the privacy we need to move on. Thanking you for your support.”
After Samantha and Naga Chaitanya had announced their divorce, reports had started doing the rounds in the media that the actress was offered alimony of Rs. 200 crores. However, according to a report in India Today, Samantha had declined the offer. A source close to her had revealed that Samantha had refused the alimony and did not want to take a single penny from Chaitanya or his family.
The source had further revealed that though Samantha is heartbroken, she is trying to bounce back by concentrating on her work. The source had said, "It's not easy for Samantha to get up and go to work every day. She is massively heartbroken. But she doesn't want any project that she is associated with to suffer because of her personal life. She has always been a thorough professional and continues to be, putting up a brave front every day. It's not in her to be unprofessional."
Samantha and Naga had tied the knot on October 06, 2017.
Tollywood's power couple, Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, had fallen for each other during the shooting of the film, Autonagar Surya, in 2014. However, after many speculations, it was Chaitanya's father, Nagarjuna, who, in 2015, had accepted that his son had found a soulmate. Naga and Samantha had tied the knot on OctoberRead More