He will always be family, Malaika Arora on ex-hubby Arbaaz Khan

Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan ended their 17 years married life last year but still maintained a good rapport. The estranged couple was spotted together in various family events and Malaika still considers Arbaaz her family. For the first time, Malaika opened up on ex-husband.

“He will always be family,” quips Malaika, adding that her sister Amrita admires Arbaaz a lot. Amrita told, “We have a great rapport whether it’s our love for food or travel. He’s like my biggest hangout buddy.”

Last year the couple has filed for divorce on mutual consent and their divorce will be finalized in coming few months.

The couple issued a joint statement when they are separated last year, “We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika. Nor was it about his family disapproving of her lifestyle, nor does she feel that her husband is not financially stable. She is not crying on her brother-in-law Salman’s shoulders, asking him to help. They are our family, so please don’t talk about them like that. We deeply respect each other’s families. We want to put to rest all these articles which are complete rubbish. Till then, please respect our privacy and do not drag our respective families and our child into it”, the statement reads.

Malaika and Arbaaz’s divorce came as big shock for the film industry as well their fans. After 17 years of happily married life, Arbaaz and Malika called it a quit.

Post separation, Malaika moved out of the Khan abode. Though the Khans tried all effort to bring them together, Malaika stick to her decision.  The couple has a son, Arhaan and Malaika has asked for the custody of their son.