Rubya Chaudhry Battles the Stigma of Divorce

In a society where happily divorced women are considered an oddity, model Rubya Chaudhry has opened up about her own life to reduce this stigma.

In Pakistani societies, women who are happily divorced are considered ‘freaks’ or ‘anomalies’ and are burdened with insane amounts of societal pressures after the breakdown of the marriage. In attempts to discard this stigma surrounding happily divorced women, Pakistani actor and model, Rubya Chaudhry has opened up about her own life.

“I always knew people can be crass and ill-mannered, but there isn’t anything like experiencing it first hand,” she penned on her latest Instagram post.


“I got married a few years ago and then got divorced super quickly after. And that’s that reality. Never really put my private life up for people to speculate about in the first place, but I don’t blame them for being curious about such matters. Well, now you know,” Rubya Chaudhry stated boldly.

The Mannchalay actress then proceeded to explain the idea of divorce with honour and how it does not always equate to the end of someone’s happiness or their life, rather it may be the beginning of another.

“I’d also like to add that divorce doesn’t always mean sadness and death and hayay hayay yeh kya hogya! Hayayyy bachi ki zindagi tabaaah ho gai! It could also mean bachi ki zindagi tabaah honay say BACH gayee. It also means a second chance at love, at life, at all the wonderfully amazing chapters that may have never actualized had you chosen the dead end as your destiny.”

To those going through a situation similar to the one Rubya spoke about, she advised, “Choose to thrive. Choose divorce if it ain’t your scene and stop worrying about all the ill-mannered and crass people around.”

“This is not just about me, it’s about the hundreds of thousands of women who are made to feel like they should be ashamed if their marriages didn’t work out, who are told time and again by their own husbands and in-laws that there’s something wrong with them, that they need to change themselves to fit into some mould of the perfect wife (whatever that is), who are gaslighted continuously and stripped off their vibrant personalities.”

While continuing to encourage women to choose themselves over our toxic societal norms and values, Rubya Ashraf concluded her empowering speech by saying, “Basically, what I’m saying is Alhamdulillah.”

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