By Pratishtha Ghosh Last Updated:
For the past few months, reports in the media were rife that Tollywood couple, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya's wedding had hit the rocks. The speculations had started after Samantha had dropped his surname 'Akkineni' from her social media handles. However, after staying quiet for some time, the duo had announced their divorce five days ahead of their fourth wedding anniversary.
On October 2, 2021, Samantha and Naga Chaitanya had issued a joint statement on their respective IG handles, announcing their separation officially. The 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.”
After parting ways with Naga Chaitanya, Samantha is trying to bounce to life. For the first time after their divorce, the actress made an appearance at her ex-father-in-law, Nagarjuna Akkineni's studio in Hyderabad. Her visit to the Annapurna Studios made fans curious about the reason behind it. According to various reports, Samantha visited the studio for the dubbing of her upcoming film, Shaakuntalam under the direction of Gunasekhar.
It was Nagarjuna’s 62nd birthday on August 29, 2021, that Samantha's absence from his birthday celebrations had sparked the speculations of trouble in her marital life. The Akkineni family had gathered together to celebrate the occasion in Hyderabad and the inside pictures from the same had gone viral over the internet. Samantha's absence from the party, amidst reports of her split with Naga Chaitanya, did not go unnoticed by the fans. Check out the pictures below:
However, despite her absence, Samantha Ruth Prabhu (then Akkineni) had not missed the chance to wish her father-in-law, Nagarjuna. She had dropped a sweet wish for him on her Twitter handle which could be read as:
"No words can describe my respect for you. I wish you an abundance of health and happiness, today and always. Happy birthday to the man, the phenomena @iamnagarjuna mama.”
After Naga Chaitanya and Samantha had made their decision to part ways official, Nagarjuna Akkineni had taken to his Twitter handle to express his grief for the same. He had issued a statement that could be read as:
"With a heavy heart, let me say this! whatever happened between Sam and Chay is very unfortunate. What happens between a wife and husband is very personal. Sam and Chay are dear to me. My family will always cherish the moments spent with sam and she will always be dear to us! May God bless them both with strength."
On the work front, Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be making her international film debut with Arrangements of Love under BAFTA-winning director, Philip John.