Actress Shilpa Shetty’s businessman husband Raj Kundra finally opens up about his divorce from his first wife Kavita Kundra in an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla on Friday. On social media, the old videos of ex-wife Kavita went viral where she is seen blaming Shilpa Shetty for breaking up their marriage.
Raj and Kavita got separated in 2006 and three years later he got married to actress Shilpa Shetty in 2009 who recently celebrated her 46th birthday on June 8. Talking to the media, Raj Kundra said, “It breaks my heart to see this after my wife’s birthday, 11-year-old half-baked story went viral trying to malign us. There is obviously some purpose behind this. I have maintained silence for over 12 years now but enough is enough.”
In the interview, he claimed that his ex-wife Kavita was paid thousands of pounds by the media to do that story. He said, “She sold her soul during our separation, she had to present her bank statement and there it was mentioned that she has been paid by a media house to sell the story. Adding further he claimed, “She is blaming a celebrity for her separation where she was the reason for the broken marriage.”
Raj Kundra opened up about the reasons, saying, “Kavita always brought the worst in him and she was having an affair with his sister’s husband when they shifted to London from India. She grew close to my ex-brother-in-law especially when I went out for business trips. Many of my family members and even my driver felt that there was something fishy between the two but I never trusted it. I gave her the benefit of doubt. I did every possible thing to save our relation because for me, my side of the family or her side of the family is a family, the principle that I still follow.”
Opening it further he mentioned, “I came to know about their affair when my sister and brother-in-law moved back to India and the two were still in touch. In fact, I found a cellphone hidden in her bathroom and discovered the messages they used to exchange. I remember how heartbroken I was and how I cried thinking about what I had done to deserve this. Then, I called my sister and told her that the second secret phone number was of Kavita and I am going to drop her off at her parents’ house in India and that she can decide what she wanted to do. I left Kavita after the birth of our girl child at her parents’ house in India without confronting her.”
Adding to it further he said, “It was very painful for me to leave my 40-day-old baby and when I flew back to the UK, I texted my ex-wife that I knew about her affair.”
Later I met Shilpa via a common friend and she heard online about us going out so she increased her divorce demands. She then sold the story to a UK tabloid claiming that Shilpa has ruined our marriage. As part of our agreement that went in crores, she requested me to stay away from our baby because whenever we meet we fight like cats and dogs which was not fair for our daughters to know this side of ours. I had tried to reach out to my daughter a few times but no one was willing to connect her to me”, he added.
Talking about Shilpa, he said, “She supported me during that emotional time of my life.”
When asked about Shilpa’s reaction to the old video of Kavita that has again resurfaced on the internet he said, “I was very angry seeing this but Shilpa said to ignore it and not to worry about it. But I decided enough is enough and she is not aware I am doing this interview because I think the truth has finally come out.”
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra got married in 2009. The couple welcomed their first child, son Viaan Raj Kundra in 2012 and became proud parents to a daughter, Samisha via surrogacy in early 2020.