Actor Shah Rukh Khan has finally thought fit to respond to the controversy surrounding his baby-by-surrogate, weeks after the uproar over him allegedly determining the sex of the baby prior to his birth.
The 'Chennai Express' star issued a statement this afternoon saying the baby boy was born at 7 months, well before authorities in Maharashtra state called for an investigation into how Khan was able to determine the sex of the baby in a country where sex determination is illegal, owing to female infanticide.
In the statement, the actor explained his reasons for not going public sooner.
"As a family our silence on this subject has been because of the personal nature of emotional strife that we have been going through due to his health.
Just to put the record straight there was no sex determination for our child. The baby was born much before the speculations of 'sex determination' and other 'issues' pertaining to the same were being raised in the media by some organisations."
Khan's statement also described the speculation surrounding the baby's gender as "completely false" and "insensitive" and issued an apology to "all those other doctors who had to face unwanted scrutiny and questioning by some parties."
Reports say the baby has only now arrived at Khan's home in Mumbai, after being kept under observation since his birth in May.
In June, a radiologists association in Mumbai called for an official inquiry after a friend of Shah Rukh and his wife Gauri revealed the baby's gender to a daily newspaper.
At the time, health authorities had pledged to investigate the matter although Khan himself refused to comment despite the widespread reporting of the issue.
Today's statement ends: "Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our new-born baby, AbRam", a combination of Abraham and Ram.
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