Aamir Khan has announced that his marriage with filmmaker Kiran Rao has ended. In a joint statement released on Saturday, 3 July, it is stated that they are now formalising their separation as they prepare to start a new chapter in their lives.

Aamir Khan Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao.

15 Beautiful Years
The statement reads, "In these 15 beautiful years together we have shared a lifetime of experiences, joy and laughter, and our relationship has only grown in trust, respect and love. Now we would like to begin a new chapter in our lives - no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family for each other. We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalise this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does. "

Nonetheless, they will raise their only son Azad as co-parents and will collaborate at a professional level. "We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together. We will also continue to work as collaborators on films, Paani Foundation, and other projects that we feel passionate about. A big thank you to our families and friends for their constant support and understanding about this evolution in our relationship, and without whom we would not have been so secure in taking this leap. We request our well wishers for good wishes and blessings, and hope that - like us - you will see this divorce not as an end, but as the start of a new journey," the press release added.

How The Love Story Started?
They started dating during the making of blockbuster movie Lagaan in which she was assisting Ashutosh Gowariker. After giving required time for the relationship to blossom, the couple tied the knot in 2005.

Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan, Kiran RaoVarinder Chawla

They have a son, Azad Rao Khan who was born in December 2011 through a surrogate mother and he has been named after freedom fighter Abdul Kalam Azad.

It may be recalled that Aamir Khan was earlier married to Reena Dutta and they divorced in 2002. They have two children – Junaid and Ira.