Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat have decided to end their seven-year-old marriage and are made their separation official.

Raqesh has himself opened up about his separation and revealed that the two have been living separately after mutual respect and care for each other.

"Yes, we are living separately. This decision has been taken with mutual respect and care for each other and our families. Two best friends who may not be a couple anymore. Our friendship will continue as it always has, through thick and thin. Appreciate if no further speculation is made and heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all the love you have always given us. Life shouldn't be treated dramatically, it's a choice to live happily and coexist with love and compassion." stated Ridhi Dogra and Raqesh Bapat in there joint statement.

As per the sources, things were not well between Ridhi and Raqesh for quite some time, and they have been living separately. The couples close friends knew about it and they tried to mend things between the two but looks like it was all in vain.

"I have a friend in him for life! He is really a fantastic partner. The best thing for me individually is that he wants me to evolve, grow and have an independent identity of my own. He pushes me to broaden my horizon as a person and open myself up to life beyond acting and tap my true potential. Also, he is so creative and intrinsically talented that the atmosphere at home is filled with possibilities and inspirations." Riddhi has stated in an interview a couple of years ago.

Dogra and Raqesh Bapat featured in a television series Maryada (Star Plus) and later went on to take part in the dance reality show Nach Baliye Season 06.

While Ridhi Dogra was last seen in Woh Apna Sa (Zee TV), Raqesh Bapat has seen in Swapna Waghmare Joshi's Marathi film Savita Damodar Paranjpye.