Malaika Arora and her ex-husband Arbaaz Khan once falsely claimed their divorce as part of an ad campaign

By Ronit Kawale 5 Min Read

Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan were once the power couple of Bollywood. The two fell in love during an ad shoot and dated each other for five years before getting married in 1998. The couple later welcomed their son Arhaan Khan in 2002. However, in 2016, the two announced their separation, ending their 17-year marriage.

After the divorce, Malaika started dating actor Arjun Kapoor, son of Boney Kapoor and Mona Shourie. After many rumours, Malaika made her relationship with Arjun official. On the other hand, Arbaaz dated Georgia Andriani, but the two later broke up. In 2023, Arbaaz married makeup artist Shura Khan.

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When Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan pretended to separate

When Malaika and Arbaaz separated, it came as a shock to many as they always seemed to be happily married. Did you know that the couple once faked their divorce? Yes, it was in 2008 when Malaika and Arbaaz signed a deal with a beauty brand. As a part of their ad campaign, the brand’s PR team shared messages with several media houses confirming Arbaaz and Malaika’s separation.

Malaika Arora

The PR strategy was to bring the couple back together at the brand’s event the next day. However, this fake stunt turned ugly and Arbaaz and Malaika had to bear the brunt of it. The couple faced a lot of criticism from people and were accused of being publicity hungry. Later, the actor tried to save himself from the fake separation and even apologised. Talking about this gimmick, he said:

“I am very careful about my conduct, especially in my marriage. Suddenly, I find myself struggling alone to save my wife and my image. All we did was go along with the campaign of the multinational company. Is compliance a crime? Then we are guilty. And I apologise.”


Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan divorce

When Malaika and Arbaaz decided to separate after 18 years of marriage, the news shocked many. In 2015, the couple started appearing on the show. Power Couples Though the two were supposed to host the show together, Malaika was missing from the show most of the time, leading to rumours of their divorce. There were several reports about the couple trying to resolve their disputes and give their marriage a second chance.


After much speculation, Arbaaz and Malaika released a joint statement confirming their separation. It was also reported that Malaika has taken a whopping Rs 10 crore alimony from Arbaaz, although there has been no official confirmation on this.


When Malaika Arora announced her relationship with Arjun Kapoor

After Malaika and Arbaaz parted ways, rumours of her dating Arjun Kapoor started doing the rounds. From dinner dates to secret vacations, the duo was the talk of the town. On June 26, 2019, when Arjun turned 34, the couple made their relationship official. Malaika posted a cute picture with Arjun on her Instagram handle and confirmed their dating rumours with a sweet wish.


Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor decided to separate by mutual consent

Ever since Malaika and Arjun started dating, the couple has been constantly trolled for their 12-year age gap. There have also been constant talks of their separation, but the couple has always managed to put all speculations to rest. And now according to a report in Pinkvilla, a source close to the couple has revealed that the two have decided to part ways in an amicable and respectful manner. The source said:

“Malaika and Arjun’s relationship was very special and both will always hold a special place in each other’s hearts. They have decided to separate and will maintain a dignified silence on the matter. They will not allow anyone to spoil or analyse their relationship.”


The source further added that Malaika and Arjun were in a serious relationship for many years and there was no bitterness between them even after their separation. Despite going separate ways, the couple gives the same respect to each other.


Despite being a public figure, Malaika Arora has always kept her personal life under wraps. Be it her divorce from Arbaaz Khan, getting trolled for dating Arjun Kapoor or breakup rumours, the actress has always maintained her dignified silence.

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Ronit Kawale has been an entertainment journalist for the past three years. Being a cinephile is not just a part of his profession; it's his passion. Alongside being an avid follower of Bollywood and television, he possesses a treasure trove of interesting gossip and insights about celebrities. He's well-versed in understanding what readers are tuning into on the website. After all, he became a journalist to stay close to the heartbeat of the world.
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