The changing equations in a couple’s relationship can be quite baffling. And when there’s a child involved, it can get worse. At least that is what seems to be happening in Indian tennis star, Leander Paes and his former live-in partner, Rhea Pillai’s relations. The latest news about this estranged couple and their murky legal battle involving domestic violence and alimony is quite shocking and unpleasant. According to Spotboye, Rhea has gone bankrupt paying couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Aiyana’s medical bills in the treatment of a brain tumour. While Rhea is struggling with finances, Paes is said to have no interest in supporting Rhea and his sick daughter.
The media reports state that Rhea has requested Leander to pay Rs 2.62 lakh (Rs 1.87 lakh for Aiyana’s medical expenses and Rs 75,000 for herself) monthly. But the 44-year-old tennis ace is no mood to agree to Rhea’s demands and is only paying Rs 1.5 lakh per month. Aiyana was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 after which everyone thought the couple to resolve their differences for the sake of their daughter but no such thing happened. In fact, reports stated that Leander is adamant on the fact that since he never married Rhea, she is not his wife to ask for such hefty maintenance. Paes was in a live-in-relationship with Rhea in 2005 before separating in 2009.
Rhea and her lawyers were present in Bandra Magistrate Court recently where surprising revelations were made. The former model has drained all her savings in maintaining the house and daughter ever since Leander left her in 2009. She is now forced to borrow money from her friends. Rhea has borrowed money up to Rs 50,000 from two people. Paes began paying her Rs 1.5 lakh per month maintenance from 2014.
One of Rhea’s friend was quoted by Spotboye saying, “What Leander is doing is just silly. Leander was living with Rhea as her husband from 2005, impregnated her with a child- and now says that he was never a husband. Anyway, Rhea has damning evidence against him which she and her lawyers will produce in the Court when it matters. The very fact that he was living in with her is enough to nail him under the DV (Domestic Violence) Act.”
Amidst all this, there is also news of Leander Paes finding love once again. If gossip columns are to be believed, Paes is dating a junior tennis player, Tanvi Shah, an ITF player. Rhea’s friend said, “Yes, he probably is. But that’s besides the point. From our end, it’s just that Rhea is standing up for justice and their daughter’s welfare.” Paes fans would be keen to hear what the tennis star has to say about all the allegations.