As the indecorous row surrounding the suave 57-year-old Tharoor escalated, the controversy-prone minister took to Twitter to come out with a joint statement with his wife Sunanda Pushkarto say they were "happily married", but distressed by "some unauthorized tweets". "I just woke up and read this. I'm absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words," Mehr Tarar tweeted.
"We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalized this week and is seeking rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy," said the statement by Tharoor, who married Pushkar in 2010. "We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our twitter accounts," the diplomat-turned politician claimed. This was the third marriage for both Tharoor and Pushkar.