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Ileana D’Cruz was pressured to hide her relationship

“Why is it such a big deal when it is a woman dating?” says Ileana D’Cruz

By ELLE team  July 5th, 2017

Proving yet again why being a woman in Bollywood is tougher than you think, Ileana D’Cruz recently opened up about the pressure she faced to hide her relationship with Australian photographer Andrew Kneebone in an interview with DNA. According to her handlers, revealing that she was not single might damage her career.


Ileana, who has been open about her relationship on social media, was not having it. “I felt like that was so unfair. Look, when Shahid Kapoor got married, everyone was celebrating and then he had a kid, that was celebrated even more. Why is it such a big deal when it is a woman dating?”

She recalls how she wanted her boyfriend to accompany her to an award ceremony where her movie Barfi had been nominated in multiple categories. “We were discussing going for it, and I for a second, thought about whether we should have separate entries.” 

Shameless. & I refuse to change

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She ultimately decided to do what she wanted and took her boyfriend as her date anyway. “I don’t need to tell them a story of how I met this person. All I need to do is tell him that he is my strength and I want him to be there and I want to be holding his hand. I did, and it felt awesome.”

4 Bollywood couples who keep their relationship on the downlow 

Ileana might be clear about whether she wants her relationship to be in the press, but these young couples are determined to keep their fans guessing. And for good reason…

Sara Ali Khan and Harshvardhan Kapoor

This photo of Sara Ali Khan and Harshvardhan Kapoor went viral recently and has fuelled loud rumours that they’re actually dating. The speculations reportedly began when the couple was spotted together outside Saif Ali Khan’s house, which Harshvardhan has no apparent reason to be lurking outside of.

Harshvardhan kept fans guessing after he posted a photo of a mysterious girl with her back to the camera, mushily captioned, “Find beauty in everyday life and let it inspire you. Don't forget to capture these frames and mark them as memories forever. You can always use your loved ones as subjects but keep them a mystery nonetheless.” When the comments flooded in with people identifying the mystery girl as Sara, Harshvardhan promptly deleted it helping no one, especially not his feeble efforts to deny their relationship.


Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal

Designer Natasha Dalal and Varun Dhawan have apparently been dating even before the actor debuted in Bollywood with Student of the Year. They’ve kept their relationship low-key but regularly attend events and parties together (remember when they became honorary Kapoors for Anil Kapoor’s birthday bash in London last year?). Varun has gone on record to say that while he doesn’t believe in denying the fact that he is dating her, he doesn’t want his personal life to detract attention from his work. The latest update on the couple is that they might be planning to get married by next year.

Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani have denied rumours of their relationship until they’ve gone blue in their chiseled faces. But ever since they appeared in a music video together, it’s hard to refute claims that the two are romantically involved. They’ve been spotted across the city on dates and have arrived at several Bollywood bashes, including Manish Malhotra’s much-talked about party, together. Disha does not like to talk about her personal life, especially Tiger, and in an interview with Mid-Day, claimed that it's because she fears that people would ‘slut-shame her if the relationship 'doesn’t work out’.