A throwback of Naga Chaitanya with Samantha. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl)
Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya, who have been making headlines for months about their alleged separation, decided on Saturday afternoon to officially announce their separation. The stars, married for more than four years, announced their separation in a joint statement. "To all our well-wishers. After much deliberation and thought Chay and I have decided to part ways as husband and wife to pursue our own paths. We are fortunate to have a friendship of over a decade that was the very core of our relationship which we believe will always hold a special bond between us," read an excerpt from the statement.
"We request our fans, well-wishers and the media to support us during the difficult time and give us the privacy we need to move on. Thanking you for your support," read the statement.
Samantha and Naga Chaitanya, who starred in films such as Manam, Ye Maaya Chesave and Autonagar Surya, were married in 2017. The couple had two marriages - one according to South Indian rituals, preceded by 'a Christian marriage. You also played in the movie Majili. Samantha Ruth Prabhu will then appear in Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal and Shaakuntalam.
Speculation about the couple's breakup began when Samantha Prabhu Ruth dropped her last name Akkineni on social media. The actress changed her display name to "S" on Instagram and Twitter. In an interview with Film Companion, she addressed the hype surrounding her name change, saying: "The thing is, even with trolling for The Family Man or this, I don't react to them. That is how I have always been. I don't react to this kind of noise and I don't intend on doing so as well."
Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her digital debut with The Family Man 2 and made headlines for her role as Raji, a loyal Tamil freedom fighter from Sri Lanka who goes on a suicide mission on the series.
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