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Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel’s mom has confirmed the actor is dating his on-screen girlfriend Freida Pinto.

Dev, 19, and Freida, 24, who starred as young lovers in the eight-time Oscar-winning film, have always denied reports that they are dating each other, but romance rumors resurfaced yet again last week, when the two were caught cuddling during an intimate lunch in Israel, where Freida, is filming her latest project on location.

“First it was the film and now everything else seems to have slotted into place,” Anita Patel reveals in a new interview with The Mirror.

Dev’s mom says she is pleased to see her son so in love.

“Life can’t get any better for him. Freida is really beautiful and I am really happy for them. Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her.”