Neetu Kapoor has opened about her parenting and unveiled the reason behind not living with her children, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. She stays alone at her residence in Mumbai after her husband and actor, Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020.

In a recent interview with Filmfare, the actress revealed, “I want them to be busy with their lives. I say mere dil mein raho, mere sar pe mat chadho (stay in my heart, don’t stand on my head). When Riddhima was with me for the pandemic, I was so stressed for one year because she couldn’t go back. I used to get so restless. I used to tell her Riddhima to go back, Bharat is alone. I was literally pushing her away. I like my privacy. I am used to this way of life.”

Last year, her daughter had flown down from Delhi to be with her mother. The mother-daughter duo spent many days together during the lockdown. During the chat, Kapoor also reminisced the days her kids left home to study abroad. She adds, “I remember when Riddhima was going to London to study I used to howl for days. If someone would even come to meet her and say goodbye I used to start crying. But when years later Ranbir went, I didn’t. He told me, mom you don’t love me. But it isn’t that. It was just that I had gotten used to that life, of living away from a child. So when it happened again, I was prepared. I think those times when they were abroad made me stronger and made me feel that I am okay being alone. Also, they have to get on with their lives.”

Expressing that she is an independent person and the reason behind her not staying with kids, Kapoor added, “ I get happy when they come, but I want them to go back to their homes and be settled. I just say one thing, don’t meet me every day, but stay connected. I don’t want them to be around me all the time, I am very independent that way. I love my life the way it is.”

Coming to the work front, Kapoor will be next seen in Jug Jugg Jeeyo, which is being directed by Raj Mehta. It also stars Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani in lead roles.

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