Putting all rumours to rest, director Vijay has finally opened about his marital relationship. In a statement, he revealed that the reason for separation with actress Amala Paul, as speculated by a section of media, has nothing to do with his parents being against Amala’s decision to continue acting. He said they’re parting ways because trust and honesty, which are the pillars of any relationship, have been breached.
In a statement, Vijay wrote, “I have been reading plenty of news on the separation of me and Amala based on random assumptions and false information. I would like to make it clear that the only truth in that is the separation, rest all is untrue. The reason behind the separation is unknown to anyone but me.
Many of my best friends and well wishers in this industry including media friends were insisting me to speak out. But I thought discussing my private life in public would do no good to the cause.
At this juncture, my father as a typical father was unhappy about the unpleasant developments in my family life and expressed his disappointment on the same to a channel when he was forced to do so. Sadly, that is being taken as the sole source of all the speculations and debate.”
NDTV quotes an International Business Times translation of Vijay’s father’s interview in Tamil as follows: “Amala has been committing many movies after their marriage that had led to issues between them as Vijay didn't like it. She had then decided not to commit to any more films. However, she is now on a signing spree and acted in Suriya's Pasanga 2, Dhanush's Amma Kanakku and his upcoming film Vada Chennai. We can't take it anymore and even talked to her parents, but she was not even listening to us. I am not sure what Vijay has told her regarding this, but our son is important for us. The news you heard about them getting divorced is 100% true and will be done legally.”
Vijay’s statement continued, “I am conscious about my social responsibility; I have so far directed 9 films. I have always portrayed women in my films with dignity and self-respect, and it reflects the amount of respect I have towards them. I strongly advocate women and their freedom of choice. When Amala wanted to continue her career in films, I supported her to the best of my ability. And she continued acting even after marriage. The new-found accusation that I or my family was stopping her from work is completely untrue.
The base for any marital relationship is honesty and trust, and when that is breached the very existence of committed relationship becomes meaningless. I really value the institution of marriage and relationship a lot. Not even in my worst dreams, did I think it will end. But yes, today I don't have any choice. With lot of pain in my heart, I have decided to move on in life in a dignified manner.
The gender bias in certain section of the media without knowing the actual facts damages the personal and professional integrity of mine which is much more painful than the original episode of departing.
Lastly, I would be grateful if people respect our personal lives and space as their very own and not delve into any more speculations based on stray rumours.”
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