Malaika and Arbaaz Khan pleaded for privacy in a joint statement

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Mumbai,March 29: On Monday, celebrity couple Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan pleaded for privacy in a joint statement to DNA that revealed they had separated. It was, or appeared to be, the final word after weeks of rumours that suggested their 18-year marriage was over. But the story continues to be told in the press with the Mumbai Mirror now reporting that Arbaaz, actor Salman Khan’s younger brother, may have made the statement singly without Malaika’s involvement.

Mumbai Mirror quotes an unnamed ‘friend’ of the couple as saying: “This statement is only to try and salvage his tarnished reputation. There is too much pressure on him from his family to separate with dignity.”

The ‘friend’ also told that Salman, 50, has been ordered to stay out the matter by father Salim Khan and that Malaika’s family are none too happy with Arbaaz: “Malaika’s sister, Amrita (Arora Ladak) is also furious over Arbaaz’s insistent efforts to reconcile with her sister, despite her repeatedly making it clear that Malaika no longer wants to be a part of the Khan family.”

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