Malaika And Arjun Are Officially Dating. They Waited Because Of The Media And That’s Sad
I have always been a very private person. I am not the kind to scream about the love of my life from rooftops and always make it a point to share only what is necessary. In fact, I would rather take a few things to my grave than to let them out. Partly because I don’t want my parents to get an inkling of who I am seeing, and also because I don’t like people to take interest in my love life and make a daily soap out of it. If that’s how scared I am, imagine how much worse celebrities have it.
There are few couples with a devil-may-care attitude, letting the world and their parents in on their relationship. Then there are the others who aren’t worried about the family or friends but are instead scared of someone else, someone more intimidating and damaging – the media. We are talking about Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor, who have recently turned from ‘alleged’ to a ‘confirmed’ couple, after the two were seen walking hand in hand for the India’s Most Wanted screening.
Yes, they had been often spotted together, at parties, at events, even airports, but they never confirm seeing each other romantically. And now we know why that was. Arjun Kapoor recently revealed why this was the case. “We’ve come out because we feel the media has given us dignity. There’s a certain understanding the media has… they’ve been respectful, kind, honest and decent about it. That is why I felt comfortable. You recoil when there’s a certain gandhagi that comes with the territory. When purposely people irk you by saying, writing or asking things… there hasn’t been any of that. Where the paps are concerned, we give them photos when walking in and out of a place. It is normal. We talk to them.”
The two are clearly in love but the fact that they felt intimidated to the point of being tight-lipped about a relationship should set alarm bells ringing. It is a reality check for everyone to back off and let them be. I get it, we are curious souls, we want to know everything, especially if it is about our favourite Bollywood celebrities. But this often means that we analyse their relationships, comment about their age gap, choices and more. Without realising it, we are probably making it more difficult to for them to be open and talk about who they are seeing.
The constant flak that the two are facing, involving Malaika’s divorce and Arjun’s alleged role in it, was already blown out of proportion, and this can be hurtful even for the most resilient ones. But not anymore. The two have confirmed that they are done hiding, for they are doing nothing wrong. Arjun further said, “There’s a certain ease. I told them don’t sit under the house just because it looks like we’re hiding, when we’re not. Let it be natural. Let it be normal. I don’t want my neighbours being disturbed, I don’t want her neighbours being disturbed. We’re not doing anything wrong. I don’t want that story being conveyed that we’re still hiding, when we’re not. They understood that.”
The media does get into a frenzy every time they step out or are seen can get overwhelming but we are glad they have finally told us about it. Do we hear wedding bells? No pressure!