'Power Couple' was a reality show meant to thrive on the strong bond between a couple. But at the centre of it were the married hosts of the show, Malaika and Arbaaz Khan, who were already trying hard to cope with the cracks in their marriage. 

During the course of this show strong rumours surfaced of their marriage falling apart. And after denying it for months, the two have finally released a joint statement talking about the 'break' they were taking after a 18-year-long marriage.

The joint press statement released by Malaika and Arbaaz said: 

"The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn’t mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives... Yes, it’s true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to." 

"We have maintained a dignified silence till now but it is causing us too much confusion and is disturbing for our families. To put all of the speculation to rest, we are giving out this statement. People claiming to be our friends and sources have been speaking on our behalf giving out wrong, malicious information. They have maligned us for long and we have kept quiet and not said a word as it’s a personal matter between us."

"We have got a child and our families are involved, but just because we have not said anything till now, it doesn’t give anybody the license to speculate on any rubbish about us. The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn’t mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives... Yes, it’s true that we are separated, but where our lives go and what transpires between us, it is for us to decide. Wherever it goes from here, we will talk about it when we are ready to.” 

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The official statement may now put the speculation to rest. But will the estranged husband and wife make peace and give their marriage another chance?