By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
A love story that began with a business meeting, blossomed into romance over time. However, the twist in the tale came when his first wife blamed his lover for breaking her marriage and house. Shilpa Shetty was swooned by Raj Kundra's 'smile, charm, and persona' when she had first met him. When she was told that Raj's already married, Shilpa was disheartened. It was later that Raj informed her about his divorce proceedings.
Raj Kundra was married to Kavita Kundra, the daughter of a British businessman, Bal Krishan. Raj and Kavita had dated for some time before tying the knot in 2003 and were blessed with a daughter. Three years into marriage, Raj and Kavita had started facing problems in their married life and were legally separated in 2006. But during that time, Kavita had blamed Shilpa Shetty for breaking her marriage with Raj.
In an interview with tabloids, News of The World and The Daily Mail, Kavita Kundra had spoken about how, with her husband, Shilpa Shetty is living her life and 'wrecked' their marriage. Kavita was quoted as saying, "I look at the pictures of them together and think, she's with my husband, she's living my life. While I was trying to put our marriage back together, he was talking constantly about Shilpa, as if it didn't matter what happened to us because he had found someone better, cleverer and more famous than me. Now he has begun pestering me for a divorce. I asked him if he planned to marry someone else but he avoided the question."
Later, at Shilpa Shetty's perfume launch event, when Raj Kundra was questioned about Kavita Kundra's allegations on his relationship with the actress, he had refuted everything claiming they were 'just friends'. Apologising to Shilpa and her family for his wife's shocking allegations, Raj had said in a statement, "I regret that my personal situation has led my ex-wife to attempt to damage the reputation of a highly acclaimed celebrity. I would simply like to take this opportunity to apologise to Shilpa Shetty and her family for my ex-wife's shocking allegations."
When Shilpa Shetty was asked to comment on Raj Kundra's ex-wife, Kavita Kundra's allegations on 'wrecking' her marriage, the actress denied claiming that she didn't even know the businessman when he 'walked out' of his marriage. Shilpa had said, "I was really upset by what she said. She knew very well that I didn't even know her husband when she walked out on him. I didn't even know him when I went into Big Brother. I have known him for about only six months, which was four months after his wife had left home and he had already got a divorce by then."
It was in November 2020 when Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra had completed 11 years of married life and to mark the same, the actress had posted a no-filter selfie with her 'Cookie'. Wishing Raj on their 11th wedding anniversary, Shilpa had written, "No filter LOVE. The REAL DEAL. As we complete 11 years today, I still have eyes only for you (and on you) Somethings never change. What was... STILL IS! Whoa! 11 years and not counting! Happy Anniversary, my Cookie, @rajkundra9 #11on22 #11thAnniversary #husbandwife #love #blessed #gratitude #family #companion."
Raj and Shilpa tied the knot in 2009, three years after his legal separation from Kavita.