Freida Pinto Talks Dev Patel Split: We Are “Best Friends, That’s Never Going to Change”

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto split in December 2014 after six years of dating.  Lester Cohen/Getty Images

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are still in each other’s lives. Almost four months after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news that the Slumdog Millionaire costars and couple of six years had called it quits, Pinto, 30, addressed the breakup for the first time in a new interview with USA Today

“Everybody has their own little discoveries to make,” she said. “Their own surprises, their own disappointments, and they’re all part and parcel of life. There is no way one person can sit down and go, ‘But why did this happen to me?’ Or, ‘It was all going well, what the hell happened?’ Or, ‘No, this just can’t be,’ the denial of it.”

The Desert Dancer actress went on to say that despite the heartache, the former couple has remained an integral part in one another’s life.

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Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. Ishika Mohan

“Running away from it is not going to help you find your answers,” she continued. “So we’re facing it. And we’re dealing. And Dev and I are best friends. That’s never going to change.”

After costarring in 2008’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Pinto and Patel, 24, went on to pursue different careers. Pinto has starred in several indie films as well as 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, while Patel became a more mainstream name, with a recurring role on HBO’s now-cancelled The Newsroom and lead roles in blockbuster films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (and this year’s sequel) and 2015’s futuristic action flick Chappie. 

“We are incredibly close,” Patel told The Guardian of Pinto in February. “She’s just a really generous, patient human being who has been one of the most impactful people on my life. A lot of my motivation has come from her, from being with her and knowing her.”

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