Why Skins’ Dev Patel Kept Slumdog Romance Private

OK, how big of a hero must former Skins star Dev Patel be to gangly, awkward dudes around the globe? He successfully woos one of the most beautiful women on the planet while starring in Oscar’s Best Picture. Some guys get all the luck. In today’s Sun, the Last Airbender actor has finally opened up about his relationship with his Slumdog Millionaire co-star, the stunning Freida Pinto, and he claims that the pair kept their romance private to avoid “publicity stunt” accusations:

“It was about the film at that time and we weren’t going to come out as some kind of product.

“We weren’t doing it for marketing. If we could we would probably have kept it under wraps.

“But there comes a point when you get more attention from ‘are they aren’t they?’ So we figured that ‘all right everyone knows now’.

“Once we did come out the attention died down and that is great.”

C’mon man. You know he was dying to show off. But here’s the thing about Dev Patel: you always root for the guy, even when you should be insanely jealous of him. And isn’t that what makes a star?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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