Why Dev Patel and Freida Pinto Split After Dating Nearly 6 Years

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“Slumdog Millionaire” co-stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto began dating in 2009 after falling in love during the making of the 2009 Oscar winner for best picture.

“We’re soulmates because we’re both in this surreal situation. She is very beautiful… I haven’t got a girlfriend but Freida, my co-star, is gorgeous,” Dev told Hindustan Times before they officially started dating.

Freida Pinto (L) and Dev Patel arrive at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts GalaFreida Pinto (L) and Dev Patel arrive at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts on October 17, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

“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,” the English actor added.

“My mom was like, ‘Well, he’s six years younger than you are.’ I said, ‘I know. I don’t know how it happened,’” Freida told Interview Magazine in July 2011 about dating someone much younger. “But she met him and it all worked out.”

“My family, they’re very supportive of everything I do and they want me to do whatever I want to do… If I do get married one fine day, which I know I will, they’ll be happy for me. There’s no pressure,” she told television host Jay Leno in an interview the same month.

Indian-born British actor Dev Patel and his ex-girlfriend Freida Pinto ended their relationship in 2014Indian-born British actor Dev Patel and his ex-girlfriend Freida Pinto ended their relationship in 2014 (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

Are the stars of Slumdog Millionaire still together?

No, unfortunately not. The British-Indian couple announced in December 2014 that they had split after nearly six years of dating. According to Pinto, the breakup was just about self-care and not because she didn’t love Patel.

“For me, it started at the age of 28, 29. Maybe it’s the body. Maybe it’s something about moving into womanhood from being a girl. You start asking, ‘What do I really want?’”

“You can be with someone and it can be really good for your growth. That’s what Dev was for me. The seven years I was with him were so impactful. But I ended up being single when I started thinking about these other things,” she told Daily Mail about the quarter-life crisis that caused them to split.

“Oh, she’s great. She’s awesome, dude. She has been one of the most impactful people in my life. We shared a very beautiful experience together not only cinematically but personally, so I’ll always have great respect for her,” Dev told The Times Weekend magazine in April 2016.

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto started dating after meeting on the set of Slumdog MillionaireDev Patel and Freida Pinto started dating after meeting on the set of Slumdog Millionaire (Credit: Pathé Distribution)

In December 2015, Freida Pinto wowed in black as she joined celebrities — including Serena Williams and Sylvester Stallone — at the Audemars Piguet Rodeo Drive boutique grand opening celebration.

Freida Pinto wears her hair back at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo DriveFreida Pinto wears her hair back at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles on December 9, 2015 (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

The then 31-year-old actress highlighted her tiny waist as well as her toned arms and shoulders in an all-black Cushnie Et Ochs Resort 2016 outfit.

Freida Pinto poses with Serena Williams at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo DriveFreida Pinto poses with Serena Williams at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo Drive (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

The ensemble featured an interesting cutout bodice with a crossover neckline and a full high-waisted skirt that appeared to be made of ribbed leather.

Freida Pinto poses with Sylvester Stallone at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo DriveFreida Pinto poses with Sylvester Stallone at the opening of Audemars Piguet Rodeo Drive (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

The Slumdog Millionaire star added further elegance to the look by accessorizing with sparkling earrings and, of course, a watch from the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer.

Freida Pinto wears a Cushnie Et Ochs ensembleFreida Pinto wears a Cushnie Et Ochs ensemble (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

Freida pulled her hair into a sleek bun and went with a classic look for her makeup, including winged liner and red lips.

Freida Pinto wears bright red lipstick as she poses for photos in Cushnie Et OchsFreida Pinto wears bright red lipstick as she poses for photos in Cushnie Et Ochs (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

Freida completed her look with a pair of Charlotte Olympia “Octavia” sandals from the brand’s Fall 2013 collection.

Freida Pinto shows off her back and shoulders in a black ensemble from Cushnie Et OchsFreida Pinto shows off her back and shoulders in a black ensemble from Cushnie Et Ochs (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

They are made of suede and feature sheer mesh inserts, double buckle-fastening ankle straps, open toes, about one-inch island platforms, and six-inch heels.

Freida Pinto shows off her sexy toes in Charlotte Olympia sandalsFreida Pinto shows off her sexy toes in Charlotte Olympia sandals (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

These Charlotte Olympia sandals have long been sold out. You can find some new styles at Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, and Zappos.

Freida Pinto's feet in "Octavia" high heel shoesFreida Pinto’s feet in “Octavia” high heel shoes (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

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