In a development that is bound to shock their many fans, actress Gautami Tadimalla confirmed that she has separated from her partner, superstar Kamal Haasan, ending their relationship of 13 years.
The TOI and IBT reports stated that Gautami put up a post titled "Life and Decisions" in which she shared the reasons for her separation from Kamal Haasan.
"It is heartbreaking for me to have to say today that Mr Haasan and I are no longer together. After almost 13 years together, it has been one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life. It is never easy for anyone in a committed relationship to realise that their paths have irreversibly diverged and that the only choices in front of them are to either compromise with their dreams for life or to accept the truth of their solitude and move ahead. It has taken me a very long time, a couple of years at the very least, to accept this heartbreaking truth and come to this decision," Gautami wrote in her blog post.
Gautami said that she seeking neither sympathy nor assigning blame, in going public about the end of her relationship.
"I have understood through my life that change is inevitable and human nature will define that change for each individual. Not all of these changes might be what we expect or anticipate but that does not, in any way, negate the very real impact of these diverging priorities in a relationship. This decision to set forth on my own at this stage in my life is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any woman will ever have to make but it is a necessary one for me. For I am a mother first and foremost and I have a responsibility to my child to be the best mother that I can be. And to do that, it is essential that I am at peace within myself," she wrote.
Gautami also alluded to how her relationship with Kamal Haasan started, back in 2005. The star had just divorced his second wife Sarika at the time.
"It is no secret that I have always been a fan of Mr Haasan's since before I came to the film industry and I continue to admire and cheer on his monumental talent and achievements. I have stood by him through all his challenges and they have been precious moments for me. I have also learned a great deal from working with him as costume designer on his films and I'm proud that I was able to do justice to his creative vision in those films. Along with all of his accomplishments to date, I know that there is much more to come from him for his audience and I look forward to applauding those successes," Gautami said.
She added: "I would like to say that I am sharing this monumental happening in my life because I have always lived my life in your midst, with dignity and grace to the best of my ability at all times, and all of you have been a part of my life's journey in so many ways. I have received so much of love and support from you through the past 29 years and I would like to thank you for the many ways in which you kept me going through the darkest and most painful times in my life."
Recently, Gautami was in the news when reports emerged of an argument between her and Kamal Haasan's daughter Shruti on the sets of Sabaash Naidu. The comedy, being simultaneously made in three languages, features Kamal and Shruti, while Gautami was in charge of the styling. Shruti and Gautami apparently didn't agree on the 'look' the latter had come up with. Shruti's spokesperson issued a statement denying any disagreement had taken place.
An industry source had commented on Shruti's relationship with Gautami at the time: "Shruti and Gautami have always shared a good equation. Shruti and her dad share a very lovely and open relationship thanks to which Shruti has been very welcoming of Gautami into their little family. Gautami was present in Chennai for Shruti's birthday bash as well and their comfortable chemistry was there for all to see."