Actor Gautami Tadimalla on Tuesday confirmed that she is no longer staying together with actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan. Explaining the reason for parting ways, she said their paths have irreversibly diverged and it has taken her a long time to accept this truth.
“It is heartbreaking for me to have to say today that I and Mr. Haasan 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,” Gautami wrote on her blog.
Although not married, Gautami and Haasan have been staying under the same roof for over a decade. The news of separation comes almost three months after it was reported that Haasan’s actor daughter Shruti and Gautami had a showdown during the making of their latest film Sabaash Naidu.
There were reports that Shruti wasn’t happy with Gautami’s choice of clothes for her character in the movie and brought in her own outfits. The film will see the actor share screen space with her father for the first time. Shruti, however, had debunked the reports.
Explaining her position Gautami wrote, “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,” she explained.
Admitting that change is inevitable, she said she does not want to seek sympathy or assign blame via her post.
“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,” she wrote.
To be a best mother to her daughter, she said she has chosen to be at peace with herself.
Gautami went on to add that she will continue to be a fan of Kamal Haasan and admire his 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,” she added.
Gautami was last seen on screen in this year’s trilingual film Manamantha. Her last film with Kamal Haasan was the 2015 Tamil family drama Papanasam.
(With inputs from PTI )