Finally! It’s about time…Freida Pinto and Dev Patel showed up at a London screening of Slumdog, officially announcing that they are a couple and are, in face, bumping uglies on the reg.
They’ve been coy about their burgeoning romance until now – but Dev Patel and Freida Pinto had no qualms about cosying up together at London’s Somerset House over the weekend.
The Slumdog Millionaire stars – who, in a case of life imitating art, reportedly fell in love during filming – appeared together at an outdoor screening of the Oscar-winning hit on Friday night. And even though there was no red carpet in sight, the young actors didn’t skimp on the style stakes.
Former model Freida, 25, looked flawless in a chic LBD and strappy sandals, while 19-year-old Dev rocked the mod look in a sharp black Dolce and Gabbana grey blazer, jeans and white shirt.
Only a plaster on his forehead – reportedly courtesy of him hitting his bedroom cabinet while climbing out of bed – evoked his hapless Skins alter-ego, Anwar.
Rumours surrounding the pair – who last week tried to give paparazzi the slip following a romantic dinner in New York – have swirled since they were catapulted to fame at the beginning of this year.
At first, they insisted they were ‘just good friends’ , with Dev claiming: ‘There’s no romance. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’ve always been focused on acting. But for now I’m having the time of my life.’ But their cover was quickly blown by co-star Anil Kapoor.
He revealed: ‘When I meet them, I feel there is something happening,’ before adding that the couple shared ‘a magical chemistry’.
Speculation that the co-stars were romantically involved was further fuelled when they were seen shopping for a ring in a High Street jeweller’s on Valentine’s Day. Not long afterwards, Pinto’s former fiance, Rohan Antao, named and blamed Patel for the breakdown of their relationship.
‘I don’t know if they were having a sexual relationship but if I came face to face with him I would have things to say. Now everywhere I go I see them on billboards. I am devastated.’ he said at the time.
Mumbai-born Freida – who has nabbed a slew of high-profile magazine covers including Maxim, Cosmo and Vogue since Slumdog’s Oscar glory – is due to appear in Woody Allen’s latest opus, which is scheduled to begin filming in London this summer.
Dev, meanwhile, has recently been in Philadelphia filming The Last Airbender, and is also rumoured to be playing a lead role in a Hindi remake of Nadodigal. A low-budget, rags to riches tale, Slumdog Millionaire went on to win eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle.