"There's a misogynist approach to female relationships."
Malaika Arora has said that it is considered “sacrilege” for a woman to be in a relationship with a younger man.
Malaika has often faced criticism for her relationship with Arjun Kapoor as she is 12 years older than him.
She has also faced backlash for having a relationship after divorcing Arbaaz Khan.
The pair have been in a relationship for several years.
Malaika has now opened up about relationships and pointed out the double standards when it comes to age.
She explained that within relationships, an older woman is always criticised while nobody bats an eyelid at an older man.
Malaika said: “It’s very important for women to have a life after a breakup or a divorce.
“There’s a misogynist approach to female relationships. It’s often considered a sacrilege for a woman to date a younger man.”
She went on to say that she follows her mother’s teachings.
“I’m a reflection of my mother, as I embody her strength and grit, and mirror her life subconsciously. She always told me to live life on my terms and be independent.”
Malaika Arora previously admitted that she was scared of being in a relationship after her marriage to Arbaaz Khan ended:
“When my marriage ended, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in another relationship and was scared of being heartbroken.
“But I also wanted to be in love, nurture a relationship, and this new me gave me the confidence to put myself out there and take a chance. I am so glad I did!”
Her boyfriend Arjun Kapoor previously spoke about their 12-year age gap.
He had said: “Firstly, I think that the media is the one who goes through the comments from people.
“We don’t even look at 90% of it so the trolling cannot be given so much importance, because it’s all fake.
“Those same people will be dying to take a selfie with me when they meet me, so you cannot believe that narrative.
“What I do in my personal life is my prerogative. As long as my work is being recognised, the rest is all just a lot of noise.
“Plus, you can’t be so bothered about whose age is what, so we should just live, let live and move on. I think it’s a silly thought process to look at age and contextualise a relationship.”
Malaika Arora is currently recovering after being involved in a car accident.
She added: “I’m a strong woman and a work in progress. I work on myself to ensure that I’m stronger, fitter and happier every day.”