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Did You Share This Photograph Of Jayalalithaa's 'Secret' Daughter? Stop Now, She's Not

Rumours are well, just rumours. 

12/12/2016 10:42 AM IST | Updated 12/12/2016 11:52 AM IST
The picture doing the rounds on social media.

A day after the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a question mark hung heavy over the fate of the 24,000 sqft bungalow. Everybody has been wondering who will inherit Amma's properties. Soon after, an image of a lady, said to be Jaya's 'secret daughter' went viral on WhatsApp on social media.

If rumour mills are to be believed, the photo is of Jaya's daughter who has been living somewhere in the US in anonymity.

But, rumours are well, just rumours.

Turns out, this lady is not connected to Jayalalithaa in any way. She is, in fact, far from the Tamil Nadu politics and lives in Australia.

Popular singer and TV show host Chinmayi Sripada posted the pictures that are doing the rounds and said, that the couple are known to her family and they belong to an "illustrious family of classical musicians."

"She belongs to the family of renowned Mridangam Vidwan V Balaji. When he is not busy with concerts he is a part of the web series called 'Husbanned'," she wrote.

Chinmayi told Newsminute that the name of the person in the photograph is Divya Ramanathan Veeraraghavan.

The picture had started doing the rounds since 2014, when Jayalalithaa was jailed.

"We had seen the image doing the rounds last year, and had contacted Facebook through friends to get it removed. But they said there was nothing derogatory, and that the rumour will die down. But it didn't. It started getting circulated even more, and my brother and Divya were worried and annoyed," she told Newsminute.

After Jayalalithaa's death, it got worse for Divya and her husband. They kept getting WhatsApp texts of the same photograph.

Trivandrum V Balaji also posted on Facebook, clarifying the same.

It's about time we stop believing in these WhatsApp forwards.

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