Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao ended their marriage of 15 years, share joint statement

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Deccan Express: After 15 years of marriage, actor Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao have announced their divorce in a joint statement.

The couple said that they will co-parent their son, Azad Rao Khan. The couple statement read, “In these 15 beautiful years together we have shared a lifetime of experiences, joy and laughter, and our relationship has only grown in trust, respect and love. Now we would like to begin a new chapter in our lives – no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family for each other.”

The statement added that both celebrities have separated ‘some time ago’ and despite living apart they are nurtureing and rising their son Azad Rao Khan together. “We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalize this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does. We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together,” the statement said.

They have decided to continue their professional partnership on Paani Foundation and ‘other projects that (they) feel passionate about. “We will also continue to work as collaborators on films, Paani Foundation, and other projects that we feel passionate about. A big thank you to our families and friends for their constant support and understanding about this evolution in our relationship, and without whom we would not have been so secure in taking this leap. We request our well-wishers for good wishes and blessings and hope that – like us – you will see this divorce not as an end, but as the start of a new journey,” it added.

Both met during the shoot of Laggan where the actor played lead role and Kiran was assistant director, later tied the knot in December 2005. From earlier wife Reena Dutta, Amir has two children, Junaid Khan and Ira Khan, with her.

(Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao)

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