Sonu Nigam on sending his son out of India: I wanted him to have a normal childhood

Published on Dec 11, 2021 07:26 PM IST

Singer Sonu Nigam says that he and wife Madhurima didn’t want to ruin and taint their son’s childhood and wanted him to have a normal childhood where he has friends and he doesn’t have to go for appearances, shoots and parties and that’s why, they decided to send him to Dubai.

Sonu Nigam with his son Neevan
Sonu Nigam with his son Neevan
ByJuhi Chakraborty

Living life in the public eye is not easy, something that singer Sonu Nigam took cognizance of very early on when he decided to send his son Neevan out of India.

“My son became a sensation in 2012 itself,” notes Nigam hinting at the time when four-year-old Nevaan captured hearts of many when he recorded his own version of Dhanush’s popular track Kolaveri Di.

The singer further adds, “But if you make a big deal out of it then that is the problem. If I wanted to show my child around in every party and if I wanted my son to come out with new songs then he would have been pressured. As parents, we didn’t want to ruin and taint his childhood. I wanted him to have a normal childhood where he has friends, normal friends, doesn’t have to go for appearances, shoots and parties.”

The 48-year-old says that was why he and his wife Madhurima decided to send him to Dubai to live and study there.

“I wanted my son to study and live in a country outside of India, which is not too far. Initially, we were planning to move to USA in 2009 as my wife and I both have green cards, and my son is a US citizen. But commuting from LA to Mumbai is very difficult. So I decided to give up the idea of living in LA. Dubai is close to Mumbai,” shares the singer.

While he shuttles between his two homes Dubai and Mumbai, he is happy to have given a normal childhood to his son.

“We made sure to give him a normal childhood. Now his friends are Brazilians, Germans… something that I never got to experience in my childhood,” he ends.

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