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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Shilpa Shetty wrecked my marraige - Kavita Kundra

A HEARTBROKEN young mum has accused goody-goody Celebrity Big Brother star Shilpa Shetty of destroying her marriage.

Stunning Kavita Kundra, 25, denounced the Bollywood beauty for taking up with her film producer husband Raj Kundra just months after the birth of their first child.

“Shilpa’s a cultural icon in the Indian community but she’s not what she appears,” said Kavita. “She can have any man she wants — there are plenty of single men. She didn’t need to go after my husband.”

Distraught Kavita revealed how 31-year-old entrepreneur Raj broke the bombshell news of his secret relationship with Shilpa, 32, in February after she found fame in the BB house as the victim of bullying and race taunts.

“Raj bragged Shilpa and her family had been sounding him out as a potential husband,” said Kavita.

“I was stunned. Up until then I didn’t even know they’d met.”

Kavita, an uncanny Shilpa lookalike, admitted their three-year marriage had been through a rocky patch, but insisted: “Up until then Raj had been talking about putting it back together, making things work for the sake of our daughter.

“I thought I had every chance but the arrival of Shilpa wrecked everything. Suddenly Raj’s attitude changed and he wanted a divorce.”

Angry Kavita revealed how tycoon Raj also:

DITCHED her by text message.

ORDERED to stay away from their £1million Buckinghamshire family home.

SHIPPED her clothes back to her in black bin liners.

Kavita’s revelations come after a week of gossip fuelled by snaps of Shilpa and Raj—who helped launch her S2 perfume—shopping together. He also escorted her to a recent ‘Bollywood Oscars’ bash in Yorkshire. As speculation mounted, Raj sent Kavita a text message last Sunday, which read: “Lots of rumours in press regarding Shilpa and me. Dad says press were standing outside house all day asking questions.”

Kavita told us: “I texted back saying, ‘Is this your way of telling me?’ He just ignored the question. Since then, every time I try to find out the depth of their relationship he avoids the question. Or he laughs.”

Speaking from her sister Monica’s house in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Kavita, right, told how she first noticed a change in her husband last November, weeks after daughter Deleena was born on September 9.

“He’d been away in Bombay for a month working on a script,” she said. “I’d gone to stay with my parents at their home in West Bromwich. But when Raj returned to the UK he sent me a text message which took my breath away. It read simply, ‘Don’t bother coming back.’

“Subsequent messages were even more bewildering and cruel. Raj made it clear in no uncertain terms that he considered our marriage was over. He told me not to return to the beautiful home we shared with his parents in Gerrards Cross. And he sent all my clothes up to West Brom in a van in black bin bags—I’m still waiting for the £150,000 of jewellery he’s given me over the years.”

Kavita agreed there had been earlier problems and a short break-up over Raj’s roving eye, but said she hoped to patched things up for the sake of the baby.

“But this time Raj had come home from Bombay a completely different person,” she said. “He’d lost weight, got in shape and started wearing flashy designer clothes.

He was very secretive and never told me where he went or who he met.”

Two months after returning from Bombay, Raj started dropping Shilpa’s name into the conversation.

Kavita recalled: “Raj and I talked about Shilpa when she was on Big Brother. He’d say that her new high profile made her the hot new actress to have in any movie. But he never mentioned he knew her.

“Then on one weekend visit to see Deleena, it came out of the blue. We were having a Sunday roast pub lunch and he announced, ‘Guess what? Shilpa and her mother have been asking personal questions about me—liking me for a potential husband.’ He said it in such a proud, bragging way that I was stunned. I asked if he’d met her and he said yes. I asked him if he liked her and he said, ‘She’s pretty. She’s nice. Yes, I know her.’

“That was the first time I realised Raj might be serious about Shilpa.

“Now I find it really hard and hurtful to even look at pictures of her. That’s the woman who’s got my husband, wrecked my marriage and is now living my life.’”

In the following weeks, Raj talked about Shilpa continuously and it became clear they were closely involved. Kavita said: “On one visit I asked him, ‘Are you seeing Shilpa? Are you going to marry her?’

“But he just laughed and said, ‘Yeah, right, I don’t think she’d be interested in me.’ But, clearly, she was never far from his thoughts. He was always talking about how pretty she was.

“He said he was buying a flat in Bombay close to where she lives and then he announced, ‘I’m going to be staying there a lot more now.’

“What upsets me most is that while I was trying to put the marriage back together, all he was thinking about was Shilpa.

“I don’t even know if she knows about our daughter Deleena. If she does, it’s shocking and I can’t see how a woman from the Indian community could behave like it. The relationship between father and daughter is very important to us.

“And while Raj is away spending money freely on Shilpa I have to show him receipts for any money I spend on our daughter.

“I wonder what I’ll tell Deleena when she asks where her daddy is as she grows up.

“It’s going to be confusing and hurtful to her. Now Raj isn’t even showing much interest in her. He hasn’t visited for two months.

All he talks to me about is wanting ‘closure’. He says he wants a divorce and he seems to be in a real rush. I said, ‘Why are you in such a rush? Are you planning to marry someone else?’ But he avoided the question.

“Instead he offered me a ‘clean break’ settlement of just £200,000 and gave me £270,000 to buy a house near my family in the Midlands.

“I can’t believe the way my baby and I are being treated in all this. I no longer recognise Raj as the man I married. He has changed so much since Shilpa came along.”


Asked about his relationship with Shilpa, Raj told us yesterday: “We’re just friends. I have a business relationship with Shilpa regarding her perfume.

“My marriage ended twelve months ago and it was nothing to do with Shilpa.”

Later he telephoned to say he had only been estranged from his wife for nine months.

Despite his wife insisting he knew Shilpa back in February Raj told us: “We met three months ago. My wife is very insecure. I’m divorcing her on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour—that she never supported my interests or wanted to go out with me.”



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