Dhanush and Aishwaryaa have broken up. On social media, the couple published a joint statement confirming their split. Dhanush and Aishwaryaa stated they needed to 'take time to understand (them) as individuals for the better,' rather than delving on the reasons behind their split.
"18 years as friends, as a couple, as parents, and as well-wishers to each other," their statement read.
Growing, learning, adjusting, and adapting have all been part of the experience. We've arrived at a crossroads in our lives. We (Aishwaryaa and Dhanush) have decided to split up as a couple and focus on getting to know each other better as individuals."
Fans were startled to learn the news, especially because it came less than three months after Aishwaryaa had devoted an Instagram post to Dhanush. Dhanush and Aishwayaa's father, Rajinikanth, attended the prestigious National Awards ceremony in New Delhi in October. Dhanush had won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Asuran, while Rajinikanth received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Aishwaryaa took to Instagram on October 25 to share a photo of the couple and express her joy. She captioned the photo, "They are mine... and this is history #prouddaughter, #proudwife."
In 2004, Dhanush and Aishwarya got married. Their first son, Yatra, was born in 2006, and their second son, Linga, was born four years later, in 2010.
Aishwaryaa directed the films 3 and Vai Raja Vai, which starred Dhanush and Shruthi Haasan.