Be a commoner or a celebrity, everyone is influenced by western culture and nowadays widely adopting live-in situations. From Rahul Dev to Saif Ali Khan, several Indian celebrities went for a live-in relationship. While, some of them successfully turned it into marriage, others failed to do so.
- What is a live-in relationship?
A live-in relationship, also known as cohabitation, is an arrangement where two people involved in sexual and romantic relationships for a long time decide to live together without marriage.
Cohabitation has become a common pattern in Western nations. People may live together for several reasons, like establishing financial security or testing compatibility before marrying. People may even choose cohabitation as they see their relationships as private and not controlled by religious, patriarchal, or political institutions.
- Is a live-in relationship legal in India?
Article 21 of the Indian constitution provides for the roots of a live-in relationship being legal. The right and freedom of choice to marry or live-in relationship with a person of one’s choice emerges from this fundamental right.
According to the Supreme court, two people living together is their right to life, which cannot be considered illegal. It has affirmed that a man and woman can live together upon their willingness without getting married.
With live-in now being legal in India, it is important to be aware of the responsibilities and obligations that come with it.
- Why do people prefer live-in relationships
Couples today prefer live-in relationships to understand each other better, in the first place. However, there are other perks as well. Due to the absence of time constraints, couples in live-in relation can spend more time together. They get to live their independent lives and fulfill their ambitions and dreams.
There is no burden of social relations in a live-in relationship, and the couple need not share their finances. Moreover, if the individuals feel that their relationship is not working out, they can break up at any time.
- What are the rules of a live-in relationship?
The rules for live-in relationship include:
Firstly, deciding on the finances. It would help if you decided who will manage which expenses in order to avoid any confusion in the future. Secondly, you should divide the tasks from laundry to tidying up the house.
Live-in is a big decision. Therefore, make it wisely and not in haste. Have a conversation about whether you want to have children or not. If not, take the necessary steps to avoid pregnancy. Also, be prepared that a live-in relationship might end, and don’t be mistaken to assume that your relationship will last longer. It might be converted to a marriage or might not.
- What is a live-in relationship called?
A live-in relationship is also known as cohabitation. It is an arrangement where two people live together but are not married. They are involved in a relationship on a permanent or long-term basis.
The term cohabitation has been derived from the Latin word “cohabitare”, where “co” means together, and “habitate” means dwell.
- Can a married person have a live-in relationship?
Live-in relationship between a married and unmarried person was not allowed till 2018. Today, there is no legal barrier between the two in a live-in relation because neither should be a minor. However, they must be able to provide consent and be aware of the conditions they will live in.
However, the unmarried person must be aware of his/her partner’s marriage. And, if not disclosed, the person has a right to file a criminal complaint against the guilty for hiding facts.
- Is live-in better than marriage?
Whether live-in is better or worse than marriage depends upon the couple and their relationship. While marriage is a legal and socially acceptable form of relationship, live-in, on the other hand, is a new trend that gives youth the freedom to live with their partner without any pressure.
You can stay or leave in a live-in relationship whenever you feel like things are not working out. On the other hand, the legality of marriage makes it a difficult process to seek divorce. There are much fewer complications as compared to the ones in marriage.
- What is the age of live-in relationship?
With the concept of a live-in relationship being practiced in India for a long time, two adults above 18 years of age can live together with their consent.
As per the Supreme court, live-in is not an offense, and no law in India prohibits this relationship.
- Can I live in a relationship without divorce?
No, you cannot go for a relationship with another person without getting a divorce. In such a case, your partner will have the right to file a criminal case against you for bigamy.
According to Hindu law, you cannot have an extramarital relationship with another person if you’re married. To have another relationship, you must first file a divorce petition.
- What are the disadvantages of live-in relationships?
A live-in relationship also has some disadvantages. These include,
- Lack of commitment as there is no stability in a live-in relationship, and people do not pledge to live together forever.
- Societal pressure and criticism are still several countries where live-in is considered taboo.
A live-in relationship is especially disturbing for women if it does not work out. They might suffer emotionally as well as biologically. A live-in relationship might also come with some trust issues. Since you are not married, you might fear whether or not your relationship will go to the next level.
Let’s have a look at some of the Bollywood celebrities’ live-in relationship stories.
- Rahul Dev and Mugdha Godse
Rahul Dev, who made his debut in Bollywood with the movie Champion, lost his wife in May 2009 due to cancer. After this, he went into a relationship with Mugdha Godse, a famous television actress. However, they both preferred to keep their relationship on a low profile and make it stronger.
- Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande
Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput was in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande, for quite some time. But, they decided to part ways as they were facing troubles in their relationship. So, while their fans were expecting them to tie the knot in 2016, they decided to break up after six long years.
- Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai
Another actor who took the unconventional step of a live-in relationship in India is Abhay Deol. On a talk show named ‘India’s Most Desirable,’ he confessed about his live-in relationship with the former Miss Great Britain, Preeti Desai. But, they no longer live together and Abhay, once said that he may or may not consider marriage but go for a live-in.
- Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Kiran Rao wasn’t sure about marrying Amir Khan until they moved in. This was when she realized that they had very much in common. They connected very deeply. Amir Khan mentioned that Kiran Rao had a positive effect on him, and they lived together for one and half years before marriage.
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- Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan
A couple with gorgeous looks and two children also went for a live-in relationship before tying the knot in October 2012. Kareena Kapoor was always open about her relationship and never shied away from mentioning that she was in a live-in relationship with Saif Ali Khan.
- Kunal Kemmu and Soha Ali Khan
Next, we have Soha Ali Khan, who is never secretive about his live-in relation with actor Kunal Khemmu. According to her, loving and trusting a person enough to move in with him is equal to a marriage. She added that signing an agreement is almost insignificant when you trust the person to that extent. So this live-in relationship worked wonders for both of them.
- John Abraham and Bipasha Basu
John Abraham and Bipasha Basu are the Bollywood stars whose live-in relationship became quite popular. Their breakup created hype in media and was a kind of sensation. They went on a live-in relationship for about nine years, after which they decided to part ways and are happily married to their spouses today.
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- Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
When rumors spread about Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor being in a live-in relationship, their fans hoped wedding bells would ring soon. But, the couple decided to part ways after six long years for their own good. They have now moved on to their respective lives, with Katrina Kaif recently tying the knot with famous B-town actor Vicky Kaushal.
- Rajesh Khanna and Anita Advani
It was only after the demise of Rajesh Khanna in 2012 that Anita Advani came out openly and claimed to be in a live-in relationship with him. She said that Rajesh Khanna was not attached to his wife, Dimple Kapadia, and his children. He also had no relationship with Akshay Kumar or others.
- Rajesh Khanna and Anju Mahendru
Rajesh Khanna was already a superstar when actress Anju Mahendru struggled to make her name. Although there is not much information about how the two met, their love is remembered as true. The reports said the two lived together for about 7 years, from 1966-72.
- Boney Kapoor and Sridevi
Sridevi had an affair with Boney Kapoor and also got pregnant before marriage. Boney first married Mona Kapoor but afterward became friends with Sridevi, and she moved into their house. When she got pregnant with Boney’s child, he left his first wife and married Sridevi after living together for some time.
- Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin
Before tying the knot in 2011, Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin were in a live-in relationship. But, in 2013, they decided to part ways. This made Anurag say that Kalki was a great actress, and he respected her for changing his life and giving him six years to him.
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- Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey
Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey are great examples of changing stereotypes. They went from a live-in relationship to co-parenting their son after their divorce in 2015. It is also said that Konkona got pregnant with their child before their marriage.
- Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
This couple not only gave our country Oscar with their film, Slumdog Millionaire but also major relationship goals. During their film promotion, they looked quite comfortable with each other and soon went into a live-in relationship. They lived together for about six years but, unfortunately, parted ways afterward.
- Lara Dutta and Bhutanese actor Kelly Dorjee
Lara Dutta and Bhutanese actor Kelly Dorjee dated each other for much time, after which they went for a live-in relation. They were seen together on several occasions and perfectly complimented each other. But, unfortunately, after living together for quite some time, they called off their relationship.
- Krushna Abhishek and Kashmira Shah
After being in a live-in relationship for about six years, Kashmira Shah and Krushna Abhishek secretly tied the knot in 2013. The couple kept it a secret as their families were unhappy with the relationship. But, eventually, with their support, the couple had a traditional wedding with their friends and family. In 2017, they became parents to twin boys.
- Tulip Joshi and captain Vinod Nair
Actor Tulip Joshi went for a relationship with Captain Vinod Nair, a great expert, and life coach. They have been together for more than ten years. In an interview, Tulip said that it was not marriage but a commitment important to her. The couple even stated that they are more committed than any married couple.
- Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
Another great Bollywood celebrities, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna, tied the knot on January 17, 2001and have completed more than 19 years of togetherness. Because of her mother Dimple’s suspicion that Akshay Kumar was gay, they both went for a live-in relationship for a year before their marriage.
- Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara
As per the reports, Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were in a relationship for three and a half years. They even went for a live-in relationship and were expected to get married. But, their relationship fell apart, and they parted ways.
- Siddharth Suryanarayan and Shruti Haasan
The duo first met on the movie sets, ‘Oh my friend.’ As per the reports, after dating each other for a few days, they went for a live-in relationship for about five years. The two even confessed in the media about their live-in. But, due to several differences, they called it off.
- Hansika Motwani and Silambarasan
Hansika Motwani, a South Indian actress, started her career as a child. In 2016, she met Silambarasanduring the shooting of a South Indian movie. The two soon confirmed their relationship and went for live-in, but later on, parted ways.
- Siddharth Suryanarayan and Samantha
Two years after breaking up with Shruti, Siddharth began dating his co-star, Samantha. The two met on the sets of the movie “Jabardasth.” Soon, they moved together and went for a live-in relationship. However, this too didn’t work out, and because of some serious fights, they separated from each other.
- Naga Chaitanya and Samantha
After breaking up with Siddharth, Samantha moved on with Naga Chaitanya, another South Indian actor. In 2010, they met with each other and fell in love. Eventually, they went for a live-in relationship, which worked out for them, and they made it to a proper wedding in 2017. They are today living a happily married life.
- Kamal Haasan and Sarika
Kamal Hasan and Sarika, who met on sets of a movie, were long known friends. Kamal was married at that time, but he eventually broke his marriage and moved in with Sarika. The couple had been in a live-in relationship for a long time but didn’t believe in a legal marriage. From this 16 year long live-in relationship, they have two daughters.
- Silambarasan and Nayanthara
Silambarasan met Nayanthara, a beautiful actress of the South, during the shooting of ‘Vallavan’ in 2006. They both fell in love and then went into a live-in relationship for quite a few months. But, this didn’t work out well for them, and they parted ways after a few years.
- Aly Goni and Jasmin Bhasin
Aly Goni and Jasmin Bhasin went from being friends to being in relationships. Much of this change was due to their stint in a TV reality show, Bigg Boss. In an interview, Aly Goni mentioned that they have moved from the friend zone and are now exploring further.
- Sanam Johar and Abigail Pande
This duo, who rocked Nach Baliye season 8, has been in a relationship for four years. They have been in a relationship for six years and were all set to get married in 2020 when the pandemic forced them to change their plans.
- Sanay Gagnani and Poonampreet
Sanay Gagnani and Poonampreet tied the knot in November 2021, after being in a long live-in relationship. They dated each other for quite some time and stayed in live-in before tying the knot. However, they have been sharing glimpses of their happy married life since then.
- Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood
Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood have been dating each other since 2018 and are currently in a live-in relationship. Throughout her time in the reality show Bigg Boss OTT, Divya was seen supported by Varun. Since the beginning, the two have stayed by each other’s side, day and night.
- Ashlesha Savant and Sandeep Baswana
In 2002, the two met each other on the sets of a show and developed a liking. Both of them are comfortable in their cozy nest, where they live together, and choose not to formalize their bond with a marriage. However, the duo shared similar thoughts on relationships and marriage.
These were some of the Indian celebrities live-in relationship accounts. It can be concluded that in India, the concept and legal status of live-in relationships have evolved with time, and the judgments of Apex and Supreme courts play an important part in it. Although live-in relationship continues to be subject to morality in India, it is not illegal as per the laws.