People are always curious about what goes in the lives of celebrities. Especially a topic like divorce, despite being a sensitive one, ends up being consumed by us. What’s more, we never shy away from passing judgements and biases in case of celeb divorces, demanding answers as if their private business is a matter of life and death for us.
The lives of celebrities are always in the public eye and to some extent, they did sign up for it. But do they not deserve any amount of privacy or respect from their fans and well-wishers? As soon as a former couple puts out a statement, informing everyone about parting ways, media and people start playing a toxic blame game and tossing around speculation. This doesn’t end even months or years after two celebs might call it quits, as we have seen with the coverage of Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya’s separation.
Prabhu recently appeared on the latest season of Koffee With Karan during which the show’s host Karan Johar asked her about her equation with her ex, to which she replied, “There are hard feelings like if you put the both of us in a room you have to hide sharp objects. So as of now, yes. It’s not an amicable situation right now. It might be in the future.”
Similarly in his recent interview, Naga Chaitanya said that both of them have moved on and people should finally leave them alone to figure out their lives by themselves. “It is frustrating. I am here as an actor and I want my professional life to do the talking. I don’t want my personal life to be the topic of discussion. We all have a personal space and there’s a reason why it’s called ‘personal’.”
The statements make it clear that Prabhu and Chaitanya want to leave their past behind and move on. They might have grudges against each other, but that is something they should be allowed to deal in the realm of privacy. However, Indian media and social media is not that generous. People want constant updates from the two- who are they dating? Did one of them cheat on the other? How much alimony will Prabhu get? Who gets the house? What gives us the right to scrutinise the lives of these two individuals?
Is asking for privacy while going through a sensitive situation in life like a separation too much? Why should actors have to keep begging for it?
Celebrity couple divorces are a personal matter too
A photo of Hrithik Roshan and his ex-wife Sussanne Khan with their significant others went viral in June this year and ended up being trolled more than praised. How can they hang out with each other now, that too in the company of their new partners? If a former couple decides to move on in life with no hard feelings then what is wrong with that? The same people who keep pestering these public figures for an update about their personal lives get outraged when they get those answers as they do not approve of them. What is this hypocrisy?
It should be up to the people involved in a relationship to decide how they want to carry on with their lives and not look back once things go from good to bad. Whether they want to keep amicable relations or not is also up to them. Celebrities do not owe us updates on their dating lives and marriages. They do not owe us an explanation for break ups or patch-ups.
However, as humans beings we owe them the privacy to sort out their lives on their terms after heartbreaks.
Views expressed are the author’s own.