Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan’s marriage was one of the most high profile and long standing unions of the film industry. Alas! Their relationship too bore the brunt of the curse of 2016 and despite a lot of attempts of reconciliation by various members of Khandaan, including Salim and Salman Khan, but it was of no use. This couple did try to work out their differences and also attempted to give their marriage another shot but guess they were destined to break up! The Power Couple (aaah, the irony!) duo were snapped outside family court yesterday which indicated that they have started the formal divorce proceedings and according to Times Of India, the procedure will get done by May and they would officially be divorced.

During the mandatory counselling held yesterday, this once happy couple were interrogated by judge and the two handled the situation well and there was no bad blood between them. A source told Bombay Times, “During the counselling session on Tuesday, Malaika and Arbaaz spent a few hours talking to the judge, and then the counsellor joined in towards the end. Usually a couple is asked to reconsider their decision before they part ways. They are also questioned about why they wish to separate, if they’re doing it on their own will and what would be the monetary and other terms of divorce. The same questions were asked to Malaika and Arbaaz and both of them handled the matter maturely.” Looks like the two will have an amicable divorce which will get finalised by May 2017.

In a joint statement given to a daily (DNA) the two had already confirmed their split but tried to work things out despite the same but looks like this is definitely The End of their marriage. Here’s what their joint statement stated. ALSO READ: Malaika Arora Khan-Arjun Kapoor: The truth behind the alleged affair

“We have maintained a dignified silence till now but it is causing us too much confusion and is disturbing for our families. To put all of the speculation to rest, we are giving out this statement. People claiming to be our friends and sources have been speaking on our behalf giving out wrong, malicious information. They have maligned us for long and we have kept quiet and not said a word as it’s a personal matter between us. We have got a child and our families are involved, but just because we have not said anything till now, it doesn’t give anybody the license to speculate on any rubbish about us.

We know that there will be speculation, but it is disturbing to read that Malaika has approached a random divorce lawyer she doesn’t know at all. Nor has this lawyer got in touch with us ever. Whoever this person is, can lose their licence as it’s irresponsible to talk about people who are not your clients.

The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn’t mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives… Yes, it’s true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to.

We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika. Nor was it about his family disapproving of her lifestyle, nor does she feel that her husband is not financially stable. She is not crying on her brother-in-law Salman’s shoulders, asking him to help. They are our family, so please don’t talk about them like that. We deeply respect each other’s families. We want to put to rest all these articles which are complete rubbish. Till then, please respect our privacy and do not drag our respective families and our child into it.

Everything that has been carried till now is completely baseless.. Everyone is taking our silence as a sign of weakness. When we are ready to talk, we will. It’s a tough and difficult time for us and we will appreciate it if you can please give us our space. We have and hold immense respect for each other and hold each other in the highest regard. Ultimately we will do what’s best for our child, us and our family. Please understand what we are going through. We urge the media not to speculate and kindly do not believe whoever your said sources are, unless you hear from the people concerned.”