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We are happily married: Tharoors issue joint statement after Twitter row

We are happily married: Tharoors issue joint statement after Twitter row
NEW DELHI: Union minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor on Thursday denied reports that he and his wife Sunanda Pushkar are planning to part ways contrary to the media reports.

Quashing the reports suggesting that the couple is headed for a divorce, Sunanda and Shashi Tharoor issued a joint statement on the union minister's official Facebook page:

We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our Twitter accounts.

Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Sunanda have appeared in the press.  It appears that some personal and private comments responding to these unauthorised tweets -- comments that were not intended for publication -- have been misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions.

We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking to rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy.

Earlier Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar caused a major furore by accusing him of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar and said that "will seek divorce" from him, the Indian Express reported.

According to the newspaper, Pushkar, while accusing the Pakistani journalist of trying to ruin her marriage, called Tarar an 'ISI agent'. Pushkar also said that several Blackberry messages were exchanged between Tharoor and the Pakistani journalist in which, among many other things, his divorce with her was also discussed.

Later, in an interview to CNN IBN, Pushkar, however, said that her marriage with Tharoor is not in trouble. 

Earlier Twitter was abuzz with many romantic tweets were sent from Tharoor's Twitter handle to Mehr Tarar. Pushkar later stated that it was her who had sent out the tweets from Tharoor's Twitter account after it became clear to her about the love interest of the Pakistani journalist in her husband.

She was quoted by Economic Times as saying, "Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say."

The Pakistani journalist reacted to Pushkar's allegations as completely baseless and in a TV interview said she would sue her for defamation.

Earlier Twitter was abuzz with many romantic tweets sent from the union minister's account addressing the Pakistani journalist.