Exclusive! It was my son Ayden who literally saved my life: Somya Seth

Somya Seth, better known as TV Navya, was in the news in April 2019 when she opened up about issues in her marriage and alluded to domestic violence through her Instagram post. The actress, who was last seen on Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat in 2016, married Arun Kapoor, whose parents are from Delhi and Afghanistan and are Punjabis, despite being a US citizen. Somya has lived in the United States for five years and is now a single mother. In an exclusive chat, the Varanasi-born actress spoke about the difficult times she went through and how she became a survivor. Excerpts …

Somya was last seen on Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat in 2016 (BCCL)

Somya was last seen on Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat in 2016 (BCCL)

You have been away from the industry for almost five years. The last time we heard from you, in an interview, you said that your marriage was not working and that you alluded to physical abuse. Have you posted a divorce and how are you today?
I am in Virginia, USA, and fully enjoy motherhood. I divorced in June 2019. I am in a happy place. I feel so loved by my family and especially by my son Ayden, who is three and a half years old.

Somya Seth (right) with her son Ayden

What exactly happened during this phase of your life when you got married?
It was 2017, just before Ayden was born, I was married and pregnant and trying to find ways to kill myself until my parents came to Virginia. They tried to help me and brought me back from the brothel. I remember that time when I was standing in front of the mirror, unable to recognize myself. I was completely bruised. I did not eat for several days while I was pregnant. I didn’t dare to look in the mirror for a few days and when I finally did, I just wanted to end my life. However, I was pregnant. And that’s where I felt that if I died, my child wouldn’t know how much I love him. He would have to live without a mother for the rest of his life. I could kill myself but could never think of harming my own child. So yeah, that’s how my son Ayden saved my life.

How often do you meet your son now and how do you spend time with him?
Currently, according to court orders, my ex-husband and I have joint custody of our son. He’s with me every two weeks. We do simple things like sleeping on our patio in the sun, screaming over our voices in the woods, just petting our dog, Maggi, or cooking food, playing and sometimes taking trips to the zoo. But above all thanks to Covid, we are at home. Ayden and her friends love to paint, cycle and sing songs.

Do you plan to return to India someday?
I miss India so much !! I would choose India 1000 times over any part of the world. I’m not thinking of traveling just because of Covid or else I’ll be there with Ayden so I can show him all the colors of India from Kerala to Kashmir.

Somya started her TV career with Shaheer Sheikh in the series Navya (BCCL)

Somya started her TV career with Shaheer Sheikh in the series Navya (BCCL)

Do you hope to start playing again in the future?
I am on new adventures. I love to play, it was such a fun and creative outlet for me. I am passionate about it, being able to play different roles makes me very happy. Since then, I haven’t been actively looking for projects, so I can’t say when I will be on screen again. On the other hand, I am in real estate; I am a licensed real estate agent here in Virginia. I believe in making the most of what you have which is why I am exploring new avenues for a small business in India. I check if I can help any Indian who wants to launch their products or services here in Virginia. There is a huge reach.

Are you ready to give love another chance?
I firmly believe in love and soul mates. I’m so full of love, I have my family, my son … I find myself so blessed and grateful and if I can have more love then why not? Absolutely yes!