‘We both wanted to work on the marriage for sure, there is a lot of guilt,’ says Raqesh Bapat about his divorce from ex-wife Ridhi Dogra


Raqesh Bapat might not have won the recently concluded Bigg Boss OTT but he did gain a lot of fan following for his stand in the show. While he was on the show, his ex-wife Ridhi Dogra championed his cause from the outside and lent ample support to him defending Raqesh against comments such as ‘spineless’ and ‘henpecked husband’. The two actors parted ways in 2019  after more than seven years of marriage but remain friends and share a cordial relationship with each other.

Now, Raqesh has opened up about how his divorce took a toll on him during an interview with a daily and said that he is finally in a ‘good space’ now. He said during the interview, “Any relationship ending has never been easy and I am an emotional person. I never thought I would end up in a situation like divorce because I always, and she also, wanted to work on the marriage for sure. But unfortunately, there are things that you cannot control and sometimes, you go through that whole aspect of ‘shayad achcha ho sakta tha (maybe it could have been fixed)’, so there is a lot of guilt, a lot of ‘maybe I went wrong, she went wrong’, she also probably felt the same.”

We still love each other, it's just that the definition of love has  changed: Raqesh Bapat on separating from wife Ridhi Dogra

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He further said, “There are a lot of thoughts that you go through at that particular point and it’s important that you go through those thoughts because that makes us human. It took a toll on me because I was used to being in the marriage for seven years, so to accept the difference in life is definitely going to be a task. But now, I am good. We both went through that and we are in a good space now.”

Raqesh also revealed that he sought help to deal with the stress of the divorce and talking to someone about it made things easier for him. He said, “I took help also, which was needed, because our mind is a meaning-making machine, it is always thinking. There is uncertainty about a lot of things, so we need to solve that and move on. I have accepted gracefully that taking help is not a big deal. You need to talk to people if there is a problem. I did that and it sorted me out for sure. I also did visual art therapy which helped me a lot, I have become a therapist myself now, so it is something good. Now, it’s all done and dusted, it’s all in a good space.”

Talking about Shamita Shetty with whom he shared a ‘good equation’ on the show, Raqesh said that he wants to take things slow and get to know her better before rushing forward. He said, “Before giving it any kind of name, this bond, we would like to know each other better.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)