When the news came in that Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan have separated it sent Bollywood into a state of shock. They have been staying separately for a few months now. In March this year, Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora had issued a joint statement announcing their mutual separation. The statement read, "The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn't mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives… Yes, it's true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to." There were strong rumours that Arjun Kapoor's close proximity to Malaika is the reason behind her break-up. Responding to these reports, Malaika said, "Arjun is a very good friend of mine. But people give a very different meaning to it which isn't true."