The announcement of their separation had come as a shock to the industry and fans as the couple had been married for almost 17 years. Fans spirits lifted when Malaika and Arbaaz were spotted at dinner dates and a patch up was on the cards. They were seen at numerous family gatherings and there were reports that the couple giving the marriage a second chance. Their names were also romantically linked with others. While Malaika was linked to Arjun Kapoor, Arbaaz was linked to Goa-based Yellow Mehra.
Now, the separation was become legit after the duo filed for divorce at a family court.