It's the baby news all of Bollywood had been waiting for. Shah Rukh Khan has finally opened up on his third child AbRam, who was born via surrogate. Shah Rukh and his wife Gauri had been in the midst of a controversy ever since news of AbRam's birth became public, they'd been accused of having conducted gender testing on the unborn baby - a procedure that's illegal in India. Shah Rukh has now slammed those rumours and shared more than ever about the new arrival in his family. Over to the superstar himself, albeit by way of a statement:
Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the
sweetest is the one made by our new-born baby, AbRam. He was born prematurely
by several months but has finally come home. Gauri and our whole family have
been dealing with his health issues for a long time now.
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.
We wish to make a special mention and thank Dr. Jatin Shah for his expertise
and contribution. We also wish to thank all the other doctors, nurses and
medical staff who have made his life possible. As trying were the times, we
never lost hope that life always brings with it.
Just to put the record straight there was no sex determination for our child.
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 completely false and
at times insensitive claims of sex determination and alleged illegalities.
We also apologise to all those other doctors and hospitals who had to face
unwanted scrutiny and questioning by some parties.
Our son is a surrogate baby and the entire process is bound by strict
confidentiality. We would appeal to all, to allow us to cherish this private
moment as a family.
It seems unfortunate that I have to explain/clarify so many aspects for our
new-born baby. Wish it were just a simple message of happiness on behalf of the
They say a baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. Post this
statement, I hope we all move on too.
Shah Rukh Khan