September 19, 2020 | 3:21 AM IST

Nawazuddin Siddiqui receives divorce notice as birthday gift from wife Aaliya

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui received a divorce and maintenance notice from wife Aaliya on Tuesday, which also happens to be his birthday.  The actor received the notice via Whatsapp and email since the post-office is closed owing to the nationwide lockdown.

Quoting the reason for divorce Aaliya said that she had lost self-respect and had no other choice but to split. She said, “There are a lot of things that I don’t want to bring in the public domain as of now, but our problems started soon after we got married over a decade ago. Two months of lockdown gave me a lot of time to introspect. Self-respect in a marriage is very important. Woh meri khatam ho chuki thi, I didn’t have that. I was made to feel like a nobody, I always felt alone.”

Aaliya also said that Siddiqui’s brother Shamas, who was staying with them, was also a reason for their split. 

She continued, “I want to go with the flow. I haven’t thought much about the future, but I don’t want this marriage anymore.”

Aaliya further said that she has gone back to her maiden name, Anjana Kishor Pandey, and added that she had no plans to reconcile with the actor. The couple has two children – a daughter Shora and a son Yaani from their 10-years of marriage. The couple has been living separately for a long time now and their children have been putting up with Aaliya.

Siddiqui is presently in quarantine in his hometown Budhana, Uttar Pradesh. He has tested Coronavirus negative on Monday after travelling from Mumbai via road. 

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