Freida Pinto has admitted that she is dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel — ending months of public speculation about the nature of their relationship. The 24-year-old actress – who has always denied being romantically involved with Dev, 19- has confessed that the pair are in the early stages of a romantic relationship.

“The friendship blossomed after the film, it got even stronger. This is all new to us. He’s a lovely boy,” Freida told Britain’s The Sun Newspaper.

Dev and Freida played childhood sweethearts Jamal and Latika in Danny Boyle’s Academy Award-winning film about a young boy’s journey from the slums of India to a million dollar game show winner.

Earlier this year, Dev’s mother, Anita, also confirmed the pair were dating.

She said: “First it was the film and now everything else seems to have slotted into place. Life can’t get any better for him. Freida is really beautiful and I am really happy for them.”

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