Malaika and Arbaaz: 'Friend' Says Statement Wasn't Joint. Arbaaz Furious

Malaika and Arbaaz: 'Friend' Says Statement Wasn't Joint. Arbaaz Furious

A file photo of Malaika and Arbaaz.


  • Malaika and Arbaaz married in 1998
  • Malaika and Arbaaz will reportedly file for divorce by yearend
  • Malaika worked with Arbaaz in Dabangg
New Delhi: On Monday, celebrity couple Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan pleaded for privacy in a joint statement to DNA that revealed they had separated. It was, or appeared to be, the final word after weeks of rumours that suggested their 18-year marriage was over. But the story continues to be told in the press with the Mumbai Mirror now reporting that Arbaaz, actor Salman Khan's younger brother, may have made the statement singly without Malaika's involvement.

Mumbai Mirror quotes an unnamed 'friend' of the couple as saying: "This statement is only to try and salvage his tarnished reputation. There is too much pressure on him from his family to separate with dignity."

The 'friend' also told Mumbai Mirror that Salman, 50, has been ordered to stay out the matter by father Salim Khan and that Malaika's family are none too happy with Arbaaz: "Malaika's sister, Amrita (Arora Ladak) is also furious over Arbaaz's insistent efforts to reconcile with her sister, despite her repeatedly making it clear that Malaika no longer wants to be a part of the Khan family."

Arbaaz responded to the Mumbai Mirror report in a series of angry tweets on Tuesday:

On Monday, Malaika shared Arbaaz's Instagram post with a link to the joint statement, which suggests she wasn't entirely in ignorance.

Humble request to the media ,stop speculating and please respect our privacy.

A photo posted by Malaika Arora Khan (@malaikaarorakhanofficial) on


The statement in DNA said that the couple were taking a break and dismissed rumours of third party involvement and Malaika's having consulted a lawyer. It seemed to be endgame after weeks of silence from the couple. (Also Read: Arbaaz Khan is 'Afraid of Losing' Malaika. Here's Why)

Malaika, 42, and Arbaaz, 48, married in 1998 and have a son together. Malaika has starred in movies like Housefull 2, Welcome and Dabangg. Her husband Arbaaz produced and starred in Dabangg while brother-in-law Salman played the protagonist in the movie.