Mumbai: Famous Bollywood couple Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan have finally headed towards a divorce. If reports from various sources are to be believed, Malaika and Arbaaz last week visited a family court in Bandra with their lawyers. The duo has filed for mutual consent and will have to appear in court for mandatory counselling sessions.

In a joint statement published in DNA, the couple had said,”Yes, it’s true that we are separated. The truth is, we have taken a break, but that doesn’t mean people can presume, assume and speculate things of such malicious nature. We are taking out time to figure out our lives. We have maintained a dignified silence till now but it is causing us too much confusion and is disturbing for our families. To put all of the speculation to rest, we are giving out this statement. People claiming to be our friends and sources have been speaking on our behalf giving out wrong, malicious information. They have maligned us for long and we have kept quiet and not said a word as it’s a personal matter between us. We have got a child and our families are involved, but just because we have not said anything till now, it doesn’t give anybody the license to speculate on any rubbish about us.”

The couple who were married for past 17 years were in news after they announced their separation in March by issuing a joint statement following which Malaika had moved out of their house along with son Arhaan.

Even after the separation, there were several occasions when the estranged couple was spotted together, the most recently on son’s Arhaan’s birthday earlier this month.