Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan got legally separated after a family court granted divorce to them putting an official end to their 18-year wedding. According to the media reports, Malaika has been the custody of their son Arhaan, while Arbaaz got the right to visit his son whenever he wants.
The couple, who had been living separately for over a year now, had applied for divorce with mutual consent six months ago. They even announced their separation with a joint statement saying they had taken a break from their relationship to figure out their lives and even requested people not to speculate things about their separation.
"The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn't mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives... Yes, it's true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to. We have got a child and our families are involved, but just because we have not said anything till now, it doesn't give anybody the license to speculate on any rubbish about us," read the statement.
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Interestingly, Arbaaz and Malaika had been in constant touch post their separation and were also spotted together at several family outings. In fact, the couple was even seen attending Justin Bieber's concert on Wednesday with son Arhaan.
Indeed, Malaika and Arbaaz's divorce has come as surprise for everyone, given that they were considered to be one of the best couples in tinselvile. Although, the couple has maintained a stoic stance over their separation, reports are rife that it was Malaika Arora's extra-marital affair that made the couple part ways.
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Malaika has been linked with Arjun Kapoor and the two are reported to be dating for a while. However, Arora has always rubbished the reports saying that she is just friends with the 'Ishaqzaade' actor.