Arjun Rampal, Mehr Jesia granted divorce; daughters to live with mother in Bandra
Rampal, had a son, Arik, with South African model Gabriella Demetriades on July 18, this year.
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Twenty-one years after two dizzy-in-love supermodels, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia, tied the knot, a family court in Bandra granted them divorce by mutual consent, on Tuesday. Principal judge Shailaja Sawant granted the couple divorce under the Special Marriage Act, nearly six months after they had approached the court to dissolve their marriage, by consent, on April 30, 2019. While the exact terms of the divorce are yet to be known, the couple's two daughters will reside with their mother at their duplex in Bandra.
Reports of a split between the couple first emerged in 2011, but it was only on May 28, 2018 that they officially announced their separation, four months after Arjun moved out of their shared home into a rented 2 BHK.
Interfaith marriages are registered under the Special Marriage Act, and any plea for divorce by mutual consent requires the couple to reside separately for a year before they approach the court. "After a petition for divorce by mutual consent is filed, their plea is scrutinised, registered and then, the couple is referred to a marriage counsellor to attempt a reconciliation. If that fails, the couple is given six more months to work things out. Six months later, if they are resolute in their decision to part ways and have complied with the terms of divorce mutually agreed to between them, a court draws up a decree of divorce," an official from Bandra family court told Mirror.
The actor-turned-producer who will turn 47 within a week, had a son, Arik, with South African model Gabriella Demetriades on July 18, this year. When contacted for a comment, he said, "Why would I want to talk about it? Why is it anyone's business? I don't want to talk about it." Mehr did not respond to either our texts or calls.