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Masaba Gupta and Madhu Mantena decide to separate on 'trial basis'

A joint statement by the designer and the filmmaker said their individual life goals were putting pressure on the marriage and so they had decided to take some time off each other.

The couple at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception in May. Photo: Shutterbugs Images


Designer Masaba Gupta announced on Saturday that she and her husband, filmmaker Madhu Mantena, have decided to separate on a trial basis.

Masaba, daughter of veteran actress Neena Gupta and former West Indies cricket star Vivian Richards, married Mantena in 2015.

The 29-year-old designer took to Instagram on Saturday to announce news of the separation with a long joint statement.

Masaba Gupta said the decision had been made mutually after consulting friends and family.

"Both of us have taken this decision after consulting professionals and our parents," her statement said. "The only thing we are ready to say right now is, 'what we both want out of life individually and separately is putting unnecessary pressure on the marriage and the love that we share. Hence we would take time off from each other and our marriage to figure out for ourselves what we want out of this life'."

The designer urged people to respect their privacy. "We also want to say that this is a tough time for us and we want to really protect our privacy at this time. We still hope to find reconciliation in our individual paths and dreams and hence this privacy is important for us now."

Masaba said they are "not strong enough to explain ourselves to even friends who deserve an answer from us".

"All we can say to each of them is give us time and give us love when we reach out to you. We now need a lot of it."