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I'm a mother first and foremost: Gautami bares her heart as she bids farewell to Kamal Haasan

After 13 years together, actress Gautami has split from matinee idol Kamal Haasan.

Published: 01st November 2016 02:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2016 02:55 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The latest in the season of separation is a big one. After 13 years of living together, star couple Kamal Haasan and Gautami have decided to call it quits, much to the shock of their fans.

Gautami posted the news on her personal blog gautamitadimalla.wordpress.com earlier today. “It is never easy for anyone in a committed relationship to realise that their paths have irreversibly diverged and that the only choices in front of them are to either compromise with their dreams for life or to accept the truth of their solitude and move ahead,” she wrote.

It was not a sudden decision, but one taken after at least couple of years of introspection, she explained in the post and insisted that she is neither seeking sympathy nor assigning blame. In fact, she made a special reference to Kamal, the artist, one whom she admired even before entering the film field.

“This decision to set forth on my own at this stage in my life is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any woman will ever have to make but it is a necessary one for me. For I am a mother first and foremost and I have a responsibility to my child to be the best mother that I can be. And to do that, it is essential that I am at peace within myself,” wrote Gautami, narrating how she arrived at what she calls the ‘heartbreaking truth’.

Here is the full text of the letter:

November 1, 2016

LIFE AND DECISIONS

It is heartbreaking for me to have to say today that I and Mr. Haasan are no longer together. After almost 13 years together, it has been one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life. It is never easy for anyone in a committed relationship to realise that their paths have irreversibly diverged and that the only choices in front of them are to either compromise with their dreams for life or to accept the truth of their solitude and move ahead. It has taken me a very long time, a couple of years at the very least, to accept this heartbreaking truth and come to this decision.

It is not my intention to seek sympathy or assign blame. I have understood through my life that change is inevitable and human nature will define that change for each individual. Not all of these changes might be what we expect or anticipate but that does not, in any way, negate the very real impact of these diverging priorities in a relationship. This decision to set forth on my own at this stage in my life is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any woman will ever have to make but it is a necessary one for me. For I am a mother first and foremost and I have a responsibility to my child to be the best mother that I can be. And to do that, it is essential that I am at peace within myself.

It is no secret that I have always been a fan of Mr. Haasan’s since before I came to the film industry and I continue to admire and cheer on his monumental talent and achievements. I have stood by him through all his challenges and they have been precious moments for me. I have also learned a great deal from working with him as costume designer on his films and I’m proud that I was able to do justice to his creative vision in those films. Along with all of his accomplishments to date, I know that there is much more to come from him for his audience and I look forward to applauding those successes.

I would like to say that I am sharing this monumental happening in my life because I have always lived my life in your midst, with dignity and grace to the best of my ability at all times, and all of you have been a part of my life’s journey in so many ways. I have received so much of love and support from you through the past 29 years and I would like to thank you for the many ways in which you kept me going through the darkest and most painful times in my life.

With love and regards,
Gautami

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