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Breakup - it leaves us with a void like we lost a part of our heart. No words can describe the melancholia that looms over broken hearts. Breakups are hard and there’s no set mantra to heal from it. Sadly, for someone who believes in celebrity love, the heartbreaks had kept on coming in the year 2020 as well. Just like every year, celeb couples uncoupled in 2020, leaving their fans heartbroken and disappointed. We live in a world where the lives of celebrities interest their fans and when a couple parts ways, it crushes us to the core.
Some B-town celeb couples have taught us that nothing is forever and even though we hardly know anything about the hardships, commitments, trials and issues in their relationships, we look up to them for inspiration. Being in the scrutiny all the time, sometimes, some celebs break our imagination of their perfect life and prove that they are as normal as us. Which is why it breaks our heart when their hearts get broken. Since we are all set to bid adieu to 2020, let us take a look back at the celebrities, who entered the ex-couples’ category this year. 2020 saw its fair share of TV and B-town celebrity breakups and separations, making the year even worse for their fans.
Before marrying Aaliya Siddiqui, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had a short-lived marriage with Sheeba and soon after their divorce, the actor had reconciled with his ex-girlfriend, Anjali. Nawazuddin and Anjali had started dating in 2004 and 5 years later, they had tied the knot. Post-wedding, Anjali had changed her name to Aaliya. But their married life too, had hit the rocks as Aaliya filed for divorce in 2020. The notice was sent on behalf of Aaliya by her lawyer to Nawazuddin in May 2020, followed by a series of legal accusations against him and his brother. In an interview with the Bombay Times, Aaliya had revealed the reason behind the decision of divorce with Nawazuddin and how she has been handling everything since so many years. Aaliya had stated:
“There are a lot of things that I don’t want to bring in the public domain as of now, but our problems started soon after we got married over a decade ago. Two months of lockdown gave me a lot of time to introspect. Self-respect is extremely important in a marriage. Woh meri khatam ho chuki thi, I didn’t have that. I was made to feel like a nobody, I always felt alone. His brother Shamas was also an issue. I have gone back to my original name, Anjali Kishor Pandey. I don’t want to be reminded that I am using someone’s identity for my benefit.”
Once co-stars turned madly-in-love couple, Rithvik Dhanjani and Asha Negi, who had met each other during the show, Pavitra Rishta, had parted ways in 2020, leaving the hearts of their fans broken. In an interview with Aaj Tak, Asha had confirmed her breakup with Rithvik and had revealed that she has no hard feelings for him. Asha had said:
"All I want to say is that we are trying our best at whatever place we are now and in whatever state we are in our lives. To give our best and both are working on themselves. I can say from my side that I do not have any hard feelings about Rithvik. I am sure there will be no hard feelings from Rithvik either. All this is a very personal thing for me but I would just like to say that in my heart there is only and only love for Rithvik.”
The year 2020 had begun with the shocking reports of Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Shaikh parting ways after eight years of marital bliss and it had broken our hearts. Aamir and Sanjeeda had dated for seven years before becoming husband and wife. Soon after the reports of Aamir and Sanjeeda living separately had emerged in the media, a Bombay Times report had stated that the couple had apparently opted for surrogacy and have become parents to a baby girl. While Aamir had started giving glimpses of his daughter, Ayra Ali only after she turned one, Sanjeeda had spoken about embracing motherhood. In January 2020, a SpotboyE report had revealed that Sanjeeda had moved out of Aamir’s house in Lokhandwala and had shifted to her mother’s residence in Bandra. A source had informed about the troubles in Aamir and Sanjeeda’s relationship to a media portal:
“Yeah, Sanjeeda and Aamir are not staying together since some time. They are having issues.”
When Aamir Ali was contacted by SpotboyE to comment on the same, he had retorted:
“I don’t know what you are talking about.”
While we were still coming to terms with the separation of Asha Negi-Rithvik Dhanjani and Aamir Ali-Sanjeeda Shaikh, Pooja Gor confirmed her breakup with longtime beau, Raj Singh Arora. Rumours were already rife regarding the alleged breakup of Pooja and Raj, but their fans were hoping it to be just speculations and were waiting to hear the wedding bells. It was more than a decade ago, on the show Koi Aane Ko Hai, where Cupid had struck Raj and Pooja with its sharpest arrow. Years of relationship later, Pooja had confirmed her breakup with Raj in December 2020. Announcing their split and revealing that they will “continue to be friends”, Pooja had written on her post:
"2020 has been a year with a lot of changes. The good and the not-so-good. There has been a lot of speculations about my relationship with Raj over the past few months. Difficult decisions take time to process. Hence, I wanted to take some time before talking about it. Raj and I have decided to part ways. Even though life may lead us on different paths. The love and respect, we have for each other are for a lifetime. I will always wish the best for him as he has been a very important influence in my life. And I will always be grateful to him. We continue to be friends and that will never change. It has taken a good amount of time and courage for me to talk about this. And this is all I want to say for now. Thank you for understanding and respecting our privacy at this time."
Just like celebrities, their kids also enjoy the spotlight but some prefer to keep their personal life away from the media scrutiny. Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Shroff’s daughter and Tiger Shroff’s sister, Krishna Shroff doesn’t shy away from expressing her love on social media, be it for her family or her beau. It was in 2019 when Krishna had started dating basketball player, Eban Hyams, and while fans were expecting that the couple might take their relationship to the next level soon, Ms Shroff announced her split on social media. Deleting her pictures with Eban from her social media handle, Krishna had posted an IG story which stated:
“All you fan clubs are cute and all. But please stop tagging me in edits with Eban. We aren’t together anymore. So stop associating us. Letting you all know since it was so public.”
If we go by a cryptic post by Eban Hyams about how love should overcome distance, then it might be the reason behind his split with Krishna Shroff. Eban had posted an IG story:
“Distance should never effect real friendships, It’s always love regardless.”
Just like every season of Nach Baliye, the ninth season of the dance reality show had ruled the headlines, not only during the time it aired but after that too. The strongest couple of Nach Baliye 9, Shantanu Maheshwari and Nityaami Shirke had entertained us with their power-packed performances and sizzling chemistry. It was in 2019 when Shantanu and Nityaami had announced their relationship and made it Insta-official. But in less than a year, Shantanu and Nityaami had parted ways. Nityaami had confirmed her breakup with Shantanu in an interview with the Bombay Times and was quoted as saying:
"Shantanu and I started dating around April 2019, while we were shooting for the promos of a web series. During Nach Baliye, we were getting to know each other. Being on the show helped us bond because we dealt with a lot during those five months. Nothing ever went wrong with our relationship. It’s just that we realised that we are better off as friends. We called it quits in February this year. However, he is still very much a part of my life and a good friend. And, we prefer it that way."
Despite working on the same set, Maninee De and Mihir Mishra had interacted with one another at a common friend’s party and it was then, they had fallen for each other instantly. It was love at first sight for the couple and within a week of knowing each other, Maninee and Mihir had tied the knot. In a hush hush ceremony in 2004, the couple had decided on forever but 16 years into married life, their ‘forever’ ended with a separation. Announcing the same in an interview with the Bombay Times, Maninee had revealed that she is living with their 21-year-old daughter from her first marriage, Dianoor in Mumbai, while Mihir is living in Pune with his parents. When asked about the reason behind their split, Maninee had retorted:
“Marriage, like any other relationship, has its highs and lows. Yes, it’s true that Mihir and I have been living separately for six months. The reasons for our separation are too personal to be divulged. Also, I respect the sacredness and sanctity of our relationship. We gave it our best, but the outcome isn’t in our hands.”
Aisha fame, Amrita Puri, who is also known for her role as Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister in the film, Kai Po Che!, had tied the knot in a grand destination wedding with her longtime beau, Imrun Sethi, who is a restaurateur. Amrita and Imrun had exchanged wedding vows in 2017 and in early 2020, reports had emerged that the couple has decided to end their marriage. According to SpotboyE report, the constant fights and arguments became the reason why Amrita moved out of their house as it was affecting her mentally. Despite the various attempts of reconciliation, Amrita and Imrun had parted ways.
In 2015, when the attention of fans and media was on Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput's wedding on July 7, Minissha Lamba had surprised them with her secret intimate wedding with her longtime beau, Ryan Tham, on July 6. It was in 2013 when Minissha had met Ryan at his night club, Trilogy in Mumbai and two years later, the couple had decided to exchange wedding vows in a secret intimate ceremony. Three years into married life, the reports were rife in 2018 that Minissha and Ryan were facing trouble in their marriage. After maintaining silence for 2 years, Minissha had confirmed her separation with Ryan to ETimes and was quoted as saying:
"Ryan and I have parted ways amicably. The legal separation has been done."
Being a star kid has its own pros and cons, and the biggest con is that their personal life is constantly under media scrutiny. Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira Khan’s personal life too, has been under the media scrutiny. It was last year in June when Ira had confirmed her relationship with a musician, Mishaal Kirpalani and fans had loved how the starlet had never shied away from flaunting the man she loves. But in April 2020, the reports were rife that Ira and Mishaal had called off their more than two years of relationship. A source close to the couple had informed SpotboyE that Ira and Mishaal’s relationship had hit a rough patch post which they had stopped meeting each other. Ira’s focus on her professional life had affected her personal life and they had decided to take a break from each other. Rumours are rife that Ira has found love again in her fitness coach, Nupur Shikhare, who is the founder of Fitnessism and is a personal trainer to Sushmita Sen and Aamir Khan.
The Bengali beauty, Konkona Sen Sharma and VJ-turned actor, Ranvir Shorey had tied the knot in 2010 but five years into married life, their relationship had hit the rocks. Konkona and Ranvir had mutually decided to part ways in 2015 and after undergoing detailed counselling, the couple had filed for divorce in February 2020. Konkona and Ranvir, who are successfully co-parenting their son, Haroon, were granted divorce in August 2020. Konkona’s lawyer, Amruta Sathe Pathak had confirmed the divorce to The Times of India and was quoted as saying:
"Yes, Konkona and Ranvir are now divorced. It was done very amicably."
For some couples, end of a relationship didn’t mean end of their friendship. But some parted ways on a bitter note or are still fighting the battle of separation. The celeb breakups list involves our favourite couples of B-town and television world, and we wish they were together. But as it is rightly said, nothing is forever, not even love not even relationships. We wish love, happiness and blissful life to them. And guys, in case we have missed out on some celeb couples and you want it to be added to this list, do let us know in the comments section!