Mumbai, Nov 21: Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia have been granted divorce by a family court in Bandra, Mumbai, officially ending their 21 years of marriage. The couple filed for divorce this year in April after releasing a statement announcing their separation in May, last year.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Principal Judge Shailaja Sawant granted the couple divorce under the Special Marriage Act. The mother wins the custody of their two daughters- Mahikaa and Myra. They will reside in their duplex in Bandra.
"After a petition for divorce by mutual consent is filed, their plea is scrutinised, registered and then, the couple is referred to a marriage counsellor to attempt a reconciliation. If that fails, the couple is given six more months to work things out. Six months later, if they are resolute in their decision to part ways and have complied with the terms of divorce mutually agreed to between them, a court draws up a decree of divorce," the publication quoted a court official as saying.
Last year in May, Arjun and Mehr released a statement announcing their separation. The statement read, "After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth. We have always been solid when it has come to us, we will continue to be solid for each other and our loved ones, as we embark upon a new journey."
Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia married in 1998 and are parents to two daughters, Mahikaa and Myra.
The statement added, "Both of us being extremely private people feel strange to be making this statement, but such are the circumstances of our lives. Where the truth can get distorted and lost. We are a family, our love for each other is forever intact and we shall always be there for one another and most importantly, for our children Mahikaa and Myra. We would therefore appreciate our privacy through this time. Thank all for their support. Relationships can end, but love lives on. We won't be commenting on this any further."
Right after his separation with wife Mehr, the actor was spotted going out with model Gabriella Demetriades and soon the rumours of them dating started making headlines. In April this year, the Om Shanti Om actor took to Instagram to announce that girlfriend Gabriella is pregnant with his child.
In July this year, they welcomed a baby boy. The actor shared a picture of himself with his newborn and wrote, "That gracious thing made of tears, of happiness, gratitude and light. A rainbow appeared into our lives. So blessed we feel, gratitude and abundance of joy. Welcome junior Rampal, into our lives. Thank you all for your graciousness, love and beautiful wishes. Say hello to baby Arik Rampal. #ArikRampal."
Arjun Rampal was last seen in JP Dutta's war film Paltan. He played the role of Lt Col Rai Singh Yadav in the film.