Bombay Times Exclusive
In May last year, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife Aaliya decided to end their marriage of 10 years. Her lawyer Abhay Sahai had informed Bombay Times that a legal notice was sent to Nawaz by his wife, seeking divorce and maintenance. In the days that followed, Aaliya disclosed to this paper the issues that led to cracks in their marriage. Nawaz chose to not respond to the barrage of allegations.
In a turn of events, Aaliya has now decided to withdraw her legal notice for divorce. She told us, “I was down with COVID, and Nawaz not only took care of the children, but also me. This was despite what I said about him. He kept our differences aside and looked after me. Whenever I have been under stress, he has always helped me. This pandemic was an eye-opener. I realised what matters the most is the well-being of your children and good health. Our children need us, and if their happiness lies in us being together, we can keep our disagreements aside. I have withdrawn the legal notice that I had filed. I don’t seek divorce anymore, and I want to give this marriage a chance.”
The couple has called it a truce, but Nawaz hasn’t really thought about a possible reconciliation yet and won’t rush into it. Breaking his silence on his personal life for the first time, Nawaz, who’s currently shooting in Lucknow, spoke to Bombay Times exclusively. He said, “I prefer not to talk about my personal life, and I have never spoken ill of anyone. I don’t let negativity and hatred get to me. She is still the mother of my children, and we have shared a decadeof our life together. I will always support her no matter what. Mera farz banta hai ke main unka khayal rakhu. Aaliya and I are not on the same page, we may not agree with each other, but our children have always been my priority. They should not suffer because of us. Rishtey bante bighadte rehte hai, unka asar bacchon pe nahi hona chahiye. I want to be a good father.”
That Nawaz has been a doting father to his kids, Shora and Yaani, is known. They often accompany him on set. He explains, “Insaniyat hi sab kuch hai. Pehle achhe insaan bano. Lately, we have seen so much suffering; if the pandemic can’t change you for the better, nothing will. I’ll always be there for them. And each one of us needs to introspect.”
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