Dipika Kakar, who was married before she entered the industry, filed for divorce, which came through in January last year. It was believed that Shoaib Ibrahim, her co-actor in’Sasural Simar Ka’, was the reason she called it quits with her husband, but the actress denies it completely.

She said that Shoaib stood by her during the difficult times and helped her recuperate. Shoaib also said that Dipika supported him and his family when his father suffered a brain haemorrhage.

However, they only realised their love for each other when Shoaib quit “Sasural Simar Ka” to explore other opportunities. “After he left, I distanced myself from everyone on the set for almost two years. I got anxiety attacks once when I couldn’t reach him when he was on a 40-day outdoor schedule of his project,” Dipika said.

Now, after almost a three-year long courtship, Dipika and Shoaib have finally decided to go public with their relationship. Recently in interview, she spoke about what made her fall in love with ‘Prem’ (his character in the TV show).

“I wanted to be sure that this relationship wasn’t on the rebound. Also, we were getting to know each other better. No matter how progressive we become, being a divorcee has some kind of a social stigma attached to it in our society. I had that stamp on me. But he gave me that space and despite being aware of my past, never complained about it. He has in fact always respected that,” said Dipika.

Talking about their wedding plans, she said “”It will be a combined effort and we want to save enough for the nikaah. I want it to be a destination wedding and it has turned out to be his hometown Bhopal (smiles),” Dipika says, adding, “For now, I demand the next step should be a proposal, and that too for marriage.”

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