Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan were madly in love in the late 90s and their onscreen romance was also shipped by fans. However, it all went south when Aishwarya ended their romance after enduring Salman’s ‘alcoholism’ and ‘abuses (verbal, physical and emotional)’. The actress had told TOI that Salman had not come to terms with their split and would hound her and cause physical injuries to himself when she refused to take his calls.
In 2002, the actress had issued a heart wrenching clarification, For the sake of my well-being, my sanity, my dignity and the dignity and self-respect of my family — ENOUGH! I will not work with Mr Salman Khan. The Salman chapter was a nightmare in my life and I am thankful to God that it is over!”
“While I have maintained a dignified silence about him and his wrong-doings, he (his family and friends) has repeatedly attacked the respect, dignity and pride of me and my family (with irresponsible rumour-mongering. I stood by him enduring acholism, misbehavior in worse phases and in turn, I was at the receiving end of his abuse (verbal, physical, emotional), infidelity and indignity. That is why like any other self-respecting woman and God is witness, I said enough and ended it almost two years ago but because of a dignified silence, all have misrepresented my stand and spread rumours about my character and baselessly alleged affairs and tried to spoil healthy working relations with costars. I do not want to get into the gory details and obnoxious experiences, which incite washing dirty linen and other ugly untruths. For a long time now, they have time and again tried to wreck my peace and sanity both personally and professionally. But they’ll forget no one can play God because there is God! That is the only truth,” a part of Aishwarya’s statement read, which she had issued while being treated for a near fatal accident at a hospital.