India cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and his wife Ayesha Mukherjee have parted ways after eight years of marriage. Ayesha Mukherjee took to her Instagram and confirmed the news. She wrote a lengthy note on her Instagram and said that "Divorce was a dirty word until she became 2 time divorce."
She wrote, "Funny how words can have such powerful meanings and associations. I experienced this first hand as a divorcee. The first time I went through a divorce I was soooooooo fu@kn scared. I felt like I had failed and I was doing something so wrong at that time. I felt as if I had let everyone down and even felt selfish. I felt that I was letting my parents down, I felt that I was letting my children down and even to some extent I felt as if I was letting God down. Divorce was such a dirty word."
She further wrote, "So now imagine, I have to go through it a second time. Woooahhhhhh. That is terrifying. Being divorced once before already, felt like I had more at stake the second time around. I had more to prove. So when my second marriage broke down it was really scary. All the feelings I felt when I went through it the first time came flooding in. Fear, failure, and disappointment x 100. What does this mean for me? How does this define me and my relationship to marriage?"
She said, "Well, once I went through the necessary actions and emotions of what had happened I was able to sit with myself and see that I was fine, I was actually doing great, even noticed my fear had totally disappeared. The remarkable thing is I actually felt much more empowered. I realised my fear and the meaning I gave to the word divorce was my own doing."
Shikhar Dhawan married the Melbourne-based boxer, Ayesha Mukherjee, in 2012. Ayesha is originally from West Bengal but moved to Australia when she was 8-years-old. She was first married to an Australian businessman. Shikhar adopted her two daughters Aliyah and Rhea from her previous marriage. In 2014, Shikhar and Ayesha were blessed with a son named Zoravar. She is a trained kickboxer and has played at both national and international levels. She is ten years older than Shikhar Dhawan.