Relationships are hard work. Bring them under public light and they become harder – because then it is not just about two individuals but also their fans and the media. When a celebrity couple calls off their relationship, it becomes a grand affair, and sometimes ugly too. Let’s have a look at some iconic couples that once were and whose breakups left us all heartbroken.
Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan
It all started on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). For a while, everything appeared to be perfect. Aishwarya played Salman’s girlfriend in Hum Tumhare Hain and even grew close to his family, although her family was against this union.
In November 2001, things took a turn for the worse when Salman showed up at Aishwarya’s door, banging it and begging her to let him in. Salman wanted a promise of marriage but Aishwarya had no such desire yet. A final nail in the coffin was when Salman travelled to the USA to help his ex-girlfriend, Somy Ali, without informing Aishwarya. The couple officially called it quits in 2002.
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor
It was Kareena who asked Shahid out! They had a very public five-year affair. The couple worked together in multiple films, such as Milenge Milenge, 36 China Town and Chup Chup Ke. Kareena’s mother, Babita, and sister, Karisma, reportedly opposed her relationship with Shahid.
After their film Fida, they began to work on separate projects, widening the growing distance between them. Kareena then took on Tashan where she met Saif Ali Khan, whilst Shahid also presumably got involved with Vidya Balan, whom he met on the sets of Kismat Konnection. The pair confirmed their breakup after the release of their film Jab We Met.
Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia
A renowned actor and successful businessman, Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia made their relationship public in 2005. Together, they attended Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai’s wedding. Ness also threw Preity a surprise birthday bash. In 2008, they even bought Kings XI Punjab, a team in the Indian Premier League.
Then came the rumours that Ness slapped Preity at a party. A few months later, they decided to end their relationship. As co-owners of the IPL team, they maintained a cordial relationship. Things got ugly when in 2014 news broke that Preity had filed charges against Ness, accusing him of molestation, threats and abuse. In a detailed Facebook post, Preity penned her ordeal whilst Ness denied all charges. The case dragged on and was quashed by the Bombay HC in 2018.
Aliza Sultan and Feroze Khan
On September 26, 2022, Aliza Sultan, through her Instagram, announced that she had filed for divorce, ending her four-year marriage with Feroze. Aliza cited infidelity, physical and psychological abuse and the betterment of her children as the reasons for their breakup.
Feroze took to his Instagram, confirming the news and expressing his resolve to support Aliza as the mother of his children. The two had reportedly separated earlier as well but had reconciled, and a few months later, Aliza gave birth to a daughter – their second child together.
Imran Khan and Reham Khan
The former prime minister tied the knot with British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan at his residence in Bani Gala, Islamabad. After a 10-month-long marriage, the couple decided to call it quits and filed for divorce. Both announced the news on Twitter. Imran maintained his admiration for his ex-wife, but Reham has since become a vocal critic of her ex-husband’s politics.
Just like they love to be included in the happiness of their stars, fans also feel the sadness that comes with their heartbreak, especially in the cases of celebrity couples. However, it is important to remember to give celebrities space to deal with their loss, as that is the greatest sign of understanding and love.
Aima Baig and Shahbaz Shigri
After months of courting, singer Aima Baig and actor Shahbaz Shigri announced their engagement in 2021. A few weeks earlier, the Coke Studio singer confirmed their breakup through an Instagram post. In her statement, Aima declared that she wanted to part ways respectfully and that she would always respect her ex-fiance.
All was fine until one day, a British model, Taloulah Mair, accused Aima of cheating with her ex-boyfriend Qes Ahmed, while being engaged to actor Shahbaz Shigri. Taloulah took to Twitter to share intimate details of their alleged affair, presenting screenshots and audio recordings as proof of her claims.