Samantha and Naga Chaitanya announced that they are separated and have filed for divorce on October 2. Though rumors were doing the rounds, the couple shocked everyone when they announced it with a similarly worded statement. IN the statement, Samantha and Naga Chaitanya did not reveal the reason behind their divorce. This gave birth to countless baseless rumors. One such rumor is that Samantha's growing proximity with her stylist Preetham Jukalker was the reason behind their divorce. Now Preetham has opened up to The Times of India about how Samantha is like her sister and spoke about how the rumors have taken a toll on his mental health.
Preetham Jukalker said, "Everybody knows that I call Samantha ‘Jiji’ which is a north Indian term for sister. How can there possibly be a link-up between us? I’ve known Chaitanya for years. He too knows the kind of relationship that Samantha and I have. I feel that he could’ve spoken up and told people not to comment like that about Sam and me. Even if he had issued one statement, it would have made a lot of difference. Right now, it’s these so-called fans who are making these statements and spreading false rumors. I think a statement from Chaitanya’s side would’ve helped keep these people in check."