Freida Pinto Opens Up About Her Split From Dev Patel

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto spoke to USA Today about her breakup from longtime love Dev Patel, saying they'd always be "best friends" Lester Cohen/Getty Images

You can't really blame Freida Pinto for not speaking out about her split from her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel right away. After all, who wants to talk about a breakup? They're never fun, and they usually come with a steady schedule of tears, sweatpants, and ice cream.

But that doesn't seem like the case for Pinto. The Desert Dancer star has nothing bad to say about Patel, from whom she split in December after six years of dating. In fact, when she spoke to USA Today, the 30-year-old actress seemed to have a pretty positive outlook on the whole thing.

"Everybody has their own little discoveries to make. Their own surprises, their own disappointments, and they're all part and parcel of life," she said. "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."

"Running away from it is not going to help you find your answers. So we're facing it. And we're dealing," she continued.

Having that sort of Eckhart Tolle-esque approach to a break-up isn't always easy, though, so it's not too surprising to learn there's one major factor making the breakup easier for the two of them: there's no bad blood. "Dev and I are best friends," she said. "That's never going to change."

Back in February, Patel, 24, told The Guardian that he was going stay mum about their breakup. When asked why they called it quits, he said, “No. I can’t. I’m sorry. I can’t say," but he did speak very highly of her.

“We are incredibly close,” he said, “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.” He also shot down the rumor that they were together strictly for the sake of Slumdog's publicity. (“That would be a really long game for a horny 17-year-old to play.")

So it sounds like they're both doing just fine post break-up, which is always good news. If only the rest of us could speak as highly about our exes as those two speak about each other.

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