For the first time since the rumours started, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan confirmed the premature birth of his and his wife Gauri Khan’s surrogate baby boy, who they have named Abram.
Shahrukh, 47, made the news official about his surrogate baby via a statement.
“Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our newborn baby, Abram. He was born prematurely by several months, but has finally come home,” said Shahrukh.
“Gauri and our whole family have been dealing with his health issues for a long time now,” he added.
Explaining his longstanding silence on the matter, he said, “As a family, our silence on this subject has been because of the personal nature of emotional strife that we have been going through due to his health.”
The baadshah of Bollywood put the record straight by explaining that they didn’t predetermine the baby’s gender.
“The baby was born much before the speculations of sex determination and other issues, pertaining to the same, were being raised in the media by some organisations. Suffice to say his coming home puts to rest the completely false and at times insensitive claims of sex determination and alleged illegalities,” he added.
On his part, the actor-producer has also apologised to all those other doctors and hospitals who had to face unwanted scrutiny and questioning by some parties, and he has thanked the doctor concerned, Jatin Shah, for his expertise and contribution to make the surrogacy successful.
“We also wish to thank all the other doctors, nurses and medical staff who have made his life possible,” added Shahrukh. He has also appealed to everyone “to allow us to cherish this private moment as a family”.
Shahrukh, who began his tryst with showbiz through the small screen in 1988, married Gauri in 1991. They have two children together, 16-year-old son Aryan and 13-year-old daughter Suhana.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.
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