Patel And Pinto Kept Romance Quiet

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August 3, 2010 | 3:10pm EST

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto deliberately kept their real-life romance under wraps because they feared it would take attention away from the film.

The pair began dating after they met on the set of the multi Oscar-winning movie, but they went to huge efforts to stop news of their relationship leaking to the media.

Patel admits he feared their romance would be dismissed as “marketing” and a “product” of the film, and he was surprised the public’s interest in the couple waned after they confirmed their relationship.

He tells Britain’s The Sun, “The talk was all 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 totally under wraps.

“But there comes a point when you get more attention from the ‘Are they aren’t they?’ debate. So we figured that ‘All right, everyone knows now’. Once we did come out the attention died down and that is great.”