Arjun and Malaika made their romance official in 2019, despite being in a relationship for several years. Referring to his father’s second marriage to Sridevi, Arjun shared that he wanted to ease his family into his decision very carefully. He shared, “I think somewhere, I’ve lived life at the other end of the spectrum. I grew up in a disaffected or passive situation where things were not the easiest as a son, had to see and understand what was going on around but still respect and accept. So somewhere it was an understanding in my mind that how I should try and ease everyone into it, including the first people around us. If you make it easy for them, they too will understand that there is love. I think, at the end of the day, if there is true love, compatibility, there is ease.”
Talking about taking baby steps, the actor added, “I will always think of others first. It’s my choice to live with it but I can’t expect everyone to understand and accept it easily. It has to be allowed to grow. I mean the relationship, including the public eye. You have to take baby steps. Along with this, I think there needs to be a basic understanding that she’s lived, she’s had a child, I’m someone who’s coming from the past who’s aware of that. So you cannot dictate the moral compass of a country. On how his family reacted to their relationship, Arjun said, “My entire family made it easy for me. They told me ‘it’s fine, it’s fine and you don’t have to think with us any more’. Meeting Dada was the last step, we had to go through many more stages. A physical encounter with him changed everything.”
when Karan Johar Arjun was asked about his wedding plans with Malaika, the actor clarified that marriage is not on the cards for now. He said, “Honestly, because it’s been two years since this lockdown, with Covid and everything that was happening, I wanted to focus on my career. I want to see where I’m going. I am a very real person, not that I need to hide anything. I’m not going to sit here and be humble. I really want to be a little more stable, professionally. And I’m not talking financially, I’m talking emotionally. I want to do something that makes me happy. Because if I am happy I can make my partner happy. And I think a lot of my happiness comes from my work.