On Monday night, Dhanush and Aishwarya announced their split after 18 years of marriage. In 2004, the actor married filmmaker Aishwarya Rajinikanth. In a joint declaration, they said: “18 years as friends, as a couple, as parents, and as well-wishers to one another. Growth, comprehending, adjusting, and adapting have all been part of the experience. We’ve reached a point where our paths split up… Aishwarya and I have agreed to split as a relationship in order to better understand ourselves as individuals. Please accept our decision and give us some privacy we require to deal with it.”

Fans were startled since the news came, especially because it came less than three months after Aishwarya had devoted an Instagram post to Dhanush.

On November 18, 2004, Dhanush and Aishwarya married in a traditional South Indian ceremony. When Dhanush was 21 and Aishwarya was 23, they married. Their first son, Yatra, was born in 2006, and their second son, Linga, was born four years later, in 2010.

Dhanush won the Best Actor award for his work in Asuran last year. Manoj Bajpayee, who won the prize for Bhonsle, shared it with him. The actor most recently seen in the movie was Atrangi Re, in which he co-starred with Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan. The actor’s next project is the film Sir, which began filming earlier this month. Karthick Naren’s Tamil action thriller Maaran, Naane Varuven, and the action drama Thiruchitrambalam are among his upcoming flicks. With Anthony and Joe Russo’s The Gray Man, he’ll also make his Hollywood debut.

Aishwarya, the daughter of south superstar Rajinikanth, made her directorial debut with the Tamil film 3 in 2012, which starred Dhanush and Shruthi Haasan. Kolaveri Di, a song from the film, which has gone viral. The flick Vai Raja Vai was also directed by her.