Nagarjuna Akkineni Talks About Son, Naga Chaitanya's Divorce With Samantha, Says 'Was Very Worried'

Naga Chaitanya had got divorced from Samantha Ruth Prabhu three months ago, and now, his father, Nagarjuna, shared how his son had dealt with the separation.


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Nagarjuna Akkineni Talks About Son, Naga Chaitanya's Divorce With Samantha, Says 'Was Very Worried'

Tollywood's power couple, Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, had fallen for each other during the shooting of the film, Autonagar Surya, in 2014. However, after many speculations, it was Chaitanya's father, Nagarjuna, who, in 2015, had accepted that his son had found a soulmate. Naga and Samantha had tied the knot on October 6-7, 2017, in a two-day destination wedding in Goa. While their fans wanted them to announce the ‘good news’, their divorce had broken many hearts.

For the unversed, to put an end to all the speculations about their separation, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya had issued a joint statement on October 2, 2021. Announcing their divorce on their respective Instagram handles, they had made a post that could be read as:

''To all our well-wishers. After much deliberation and thought Chay and I have decided to part ways as husband and wife to pursue our own paths. We are fortunate to have a friendship of over a decade that was the very core of our relationship which we believe will always hold a special bond between us.''

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Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu's divorce announcement had sent shockwaves across Tollywood and amongst their huge fan base. However, it was their close ones, who were affected by it the most. It was a tough time for the Akkineni family, however, they had somehow dealt with it. Now, in an interview with the Firstpost, Nagarjuna shared that he is proud of how his son, Chaitanya, had handled his separation. Sharing that he was very worried, the doting father said:

“I am very proud of how calm he remained through it all. He was not provoked into uttering a single word. Like any father, I was very worried about him. But he was more worried about me than I was about him. He would ask me, ‘You okay, Dad?’ and I’d be like, ‘Errr, isn’t that what I should be asking you?’”

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It’s been three months since their divorce announcement, but the reason behind the same is still not clear. While many reports around the reason for their divorce have been circulating in media, Naga Chaitanya had addressed the same for the first time a few days back. While promoting his film, Bangarraju, during a media interaction, Naga had talked about his divorce with Samantha and had shared that it was a mutual decision. Stating that if she is happy, then he is happy, Chaitanya had said:

“It is ok to be separated. That is a mutual decision made for their individual happiness. If she is happy, then I am happy. So divorce is the best decision in such a situation.”

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Earlier, as per a report in ETimes, the possible reason behind Chaitanya and Samantha’s divorce was the fact that The Family Man 2 actress was still working in the glamour world. It had further suggested that Samantha's glamorous photoshoots and portraying bold roles in her movies were some of the major reasons behind a rift between her and Naga Chaitanya's family. It was also reported that Naga's father and iconic actor, Nagarjuna Akkineni, had wanted his daughter-in-law, Samantha, to quit acting after marriage.  

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After Naga Chaitanya and Samantha had made their decision to part ways officially, Nagarjuna Akkineni had taken to his Twitter handle to express his grief for the same. He had issued a statement that could be read as:

"With a heavy heart, let me say this! whatever happened between Sam and Chay is very unfortunate. What happens between a wife and husband is very personal. Sam and Chay are dear to me. My family will always cherish the moments spent with sam and she will always be dear to us! May God bless them both with strength."

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Naga Chaitanya had made his first public appearance after announcing his divorce with Samantha Ruth Prabhu for the promotions of his film, Most Eligible Bachelor.

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