Rakhi Sawant has said that she's staying away from Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 because of Abhinav Shukla. Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 is currently being filmed in Cape Town with contestants Shweta Tiwari, Divyanka Tripathi, Nikki Tamboli, Mahekk Chahal, Sana Makbul, Anushka Sen, Aastha Gill, Abhinav Shukla, Arjun Bijlani, Vishal Aditya Singh, Varun Sood, Sourabh Raaj Jain and Rahul Vaidya. The stunt-based reality show is being hosted and mentored by Rohit Shetty. When asked why Rakhi didn't participate in the current season, she blamed it on an 'affair' with Abhinav.
In a video shared by a leading daily on Instagram, Rakhi said, "Nahi baba, main nahi jaana chahti, waha Ruby nahi hai na. Kya pata mera fir se affair ho jaye. You never know Abhinav Shukla ke saath. Haan lekin ek kabab mein haddi hai wahan pe, Nikki Tamboli. (No baba, I don't want to go there. What if I get involved in yet another affair? You never know with Abhinav. But Nikki Tamboli is there)." Rakhi even claimed that Nikki is interested in Abhinav.
In a recent interview, Rakhi said Abhinav was seen as ‘boring’ and she wanted to give him an image makeover in Bigg Boss 14, hence she started the love angle. "I started a fake affair with Rubina’s husband for entertainment. But I won’t lie, somewhere I got a little attached because he was such a nice person. One gets attached even to animals and this was a human being,” she had told earlier.
Rakhi had entered Bigg Boss 14 as a wild card contestant and grabbed eyeballs for her romantic angle with Abhinav and later spat with him and his wife Rubina Dilaik.