Actor Dhanush today announced that he and his wife Aishwaryaa have decided to separate after "18 years of togetherness as friends, couple as parents and well wishers to each other".
Dhanush and Aishwaryaa got married on 18 November 2004. The couple has two sons - Yatra and Linga - who were born in 2006 and 2010.
"18 years of togetherness as friends, couple as parents and well wishers to each other. The journey has been of growth, understanding, adjusting, and adapting. Today we stand at a place where our paths separate. Aishwaryaa and I have decided to part ways as a couple and take time to understand us as individuals for the better."
"Please do Respect our decision and give us the needed privacy to deal with this. Om Namashivaaya!"
Aishwaryaa, too, put out the same statement on Instagram with the caption: "No caption needed... only your understanding n your love necessary!" She signed off the post as Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth.
Aishwaryaa is the elder daughter of superstar Rajinikanth and is a filmmaker and a singer.
Dhanush is the son of producer Kasthuri Raja. The duo got married when Dhanush was only 21 and Aishwarya 23. Dhanush was last seen in the Bollywood film Atrangi Re, which also starred Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar. He is a four time National Award winner, last bagging the prestigious honour for his 2019 film Asuran