Himesh's romance with TV actress Sonia Kapoor was reported in 2006. In the last four years, he has managed to ensure that his “close friend" was welcomed and loved as a "family friend" by his wife Komal, son Swayam and his parents Vipin and Madhu.
Says a source, "Himesh has been seeing Sonia for more than four years now. After her father's recent death, they've grown closer. She has been a frequent visitor to their Lokhandwala flat, something that upset his wife and his son initially but now they seem to have resigned themselves to it.
Komal can't leave her husband as she is very traditional but she has voiced her reservations. Swayam has been rebelling against his father as he feels Himesh doesn't treat his mother well. He has made his dislike of Sonia quite clear."
The source adds, "Himesh and Sonia even go on holidays together. On New Year's Eve, they'd gone to Sri Lanka. He also takes care of all her expenses, and has been recommending her to all his producer and director friends. All his friends have ticked him off for his two-timing ways, but he isn't concerned. He has one strong supporter in his family, his dad Vipin Reshammiya. He hopes that Sonia's constant presence at is home will lead to his family gradually accepting her."
Himesh says, "Sonia and my family have been close for over 12 years. After her father's demise, our families have bonded even more. There is no stress between my wife and her. In fact, we all hang out as one group of friends. For holidays, too, both the families go together. For the Sri Lankan holiday, it wasn't just her and me but our families as well. Komal and Swayam, or anyone in the family for that matter, has no objection to Sonia coming home at all. We are like one big family. I often go to Sonia's home. No one has any objections. I haven't been financing her expenses or recommend her. She is doing her own thing and is busy with her own serials."
Komal says, "We have known Sonia and her family since years. She's a very good family friend so the question of Swayam or I objecting to her coming home doesn't arise at all -- in fact, Swayam loves her a lot."
Sonia says, "Himesh and I have worked together on shows and TV serials for years. We're great friends. I'm also very close to his family. We will continue to be so. Komal is a lovely person. There are no problems between us. There's no truth to the affair story."