Talking about it, Hrishikesh says, “With time, we realised that we lacked compatibility as a couple. We started living separately, as we didn’t want things to get ugly. I was quiet for all these years because I have always respected my privacy. I can talk about it now, as the divorce is through. Fortunately, there is no bad blood between Trisha and me. We handled our separation maturely. I am grateful to her and especially my in-laws, who have been supportive despite our decision to go our separate ways.”
Hrishikesh has been granted custody of their son, Dakshay. He says, “One of the main reasons for keeping quiet about my personal life was my son. I didn’t want him to read stories about my separation at such a young age. He is 12 now and mature enough to understand what we went through. Though it was challenging to balance everything and pretending to be a married man, I somehow sailed through.”
Despite the separation, the actor wants his son to have the best of both worlds. Talking about raising his son as a single parent, he says, “With my long shooting hours, I didn’t want Dakshay to be living alone in the house while I was away. I got his admission done in a hostel. There were times when I drove all night to attend the annual function at his school. We share a great bond and he understands the rigours of my profession. He also shares a great bond with his mother and her parents. Though I have been granted his custody, he is free to meet his mother whenever he wishes to.”
Has a failed marriage made him disillusioned about love and being in a relationship? “I still believe in love. However, I am not in a hurry to jump into a new relationship. I am happy and content,” he signs off.