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Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya’s troubled relationship reports had begun when the actress had removed ‘Akkineni’ from her surname on her social media profiles. Later, their teams’ contrasting statements and Samantha’s absence from her sasur ji, Nagarjuna’s birthday had added more fuel to the fire. One after another, things had happened, and October 2, 2021, came as a confirmation of their divorce.
On their respective IG handles, Samantha Ruth and Naga Chaitanya had announced their separation by sharing an official statement, which 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.''
For the longest time, Samantha and Chaitanya's fans were waiting for them to announce their pregnancy. However, that never happened. Now, in a conversation with The News Minute, Samantha’s upcoming movie, Shakuntalam’s producer, Neelima Guna revealed that the actress had plans to start a family with Chaitanya and had even refused to be a part of the film.
Neelima shared that Samantha wanted to finish shooting for the film and wrap early as she was planning to start a family with Chaitanya. She said, “When my father, director Gunasekhar garu approached Samantha last year for Shaakunthalam, she loved the story and was excited. But, she told us shooting must be wrapped up by July or August as she was planning to start a family with Naga Chaitanya."
Shakuntalam’s producer further added that Samantha really wanted to be a mother and was even ready to reject the film offer for it. Neelima added, "She wanted to be a mother; she told us that was her priority. Period films take time and she was really apprehensive to say yes. But we assured that due to extensive pre-production, we had cut down on a lot of time. She was happy and on-board as soon as she heard this.”
Earlier, when separation rumours were abuzz, Pinkvilla had quoted that the South industry was baffled with Samantha and Chaitanya’s divorce reports as the actress wanted to start a family. The portal had quoted its source as “We as an industry are currently baffled with the speculations going around about Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya. As an actress, everyone knows she is very family-oriented. She actually wanted to start a family with Chaitanya and she didn't sign any project or read scripts for the same reason. Family has always been her priority and she wanted to balance it to start a family. Her friends, producers, actors, everyone who knows Samantha know how important her family is to her."
On October 8, 2021, Samantha had bared her heart out in an emotional note, hitting the trollers calling her responsible for the divorce. She had written, "Your emotional investment in a personal crisis has overwhelmed me. Thank you all for showing deep empathy, concern and for defending me against false rumours and stories that are being spread. They say I had affairs, never wanted children, that I am an opportunist, and that I have had abortions. A divorce in itself is an extremely painful process. Let alone allowing me the time to heal. This attack on me personally is relentless. But I promise you this I will never allow this or anything else they say. Break me."
On the work front, Samantha will be next seen in Gunasekhar's film, Shaakuntalam.
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 OctoberRead More