Malaika Arora speaks up for the first time since split with Arbaaz Khan – In her first interview since split with Arbaaz Khan, her husband of 18 years, Bollywood diva Malaika Arora talks about being single, her ex-hubby, and turning an entrepreneur
I have known Malaika Arora for several years. Malla, as she is fondly called by friends, still remains somewhat of an enigma. She has been in the news for her separation from Arbaaz Khan, but when we meet her for her first interview since the split, she tells us up front that she doesn’t want to use the word ‘divorced’.
Edited excerpts from the interview:
What is your current state of mind?
I am at peace with myself. I have seen ups and downs and experienced turmoil, but I am at peace now.
How has your life changed in the past few years?
It has changed a lot. But except with a few friends, I don’t discuss my life. My sister often asks me: Does your shadow know what you are doing? But that’s me. Earlier, I would push issues [I had to deal with] away. Only now have I begun to confront them. After a very long time, I can say that I feel peaceful.
When you say internal turmoil, you are referring to your separation from Arbaaz?
Yes. I didn’t feel the need to talk about what’s happened the last few years because the people who need to know, already do. Life has a way of making things fall into place, teaching you and making you stronger. One day you are sitting in your bed and thinking, sh** man! What am I going to do? Everything is just falling apart! You feel like there is no hope and you’ve reached the end of the road. But then life challenges you. It pushes and tests you, but also prepares you for whatever lies ahead. I definitely feel stronger.
How do you handle your lows?
Everybody has a different approach. While some read self-help books or indulge in some form of self-healing, for me, it’s been a combination of things. I rely on my friends. They are my sounding board. I am not very spiritual, but I meditate and focus on my health. I can’t take off and spend time alone in a remote location. While I wasn’t comfortable with it earlier, talking to people has started helping me. It doesn’t matter if you speak to a friend or a therapist. You need to speak to somebody and confront whatever you are going through. Also, my son Arhaan keeps me focused. He is loving and accommodating. So, that has helped me heal. Work has kept me going too.
Malaika Arora speaks up for the first time since split with Arbaaz Khan