Freida Pinto speaks for the first time about splitting with Dev Patel

Former costars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel ended their six-year relationship in December, and Freida has just opened up about the split. Dev had previously confirmed the breakup and touched on the subject with the Guardian in February.

“We are incredibly close,” 24-year-old Dev 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.”

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE Freida Pinto and Dev Patel split up in December 2014 but remain very close

Out of respect for Freida and their romance, he declined to comment any further on their break-up. “I’m sorry. I can’t say,” he stated.

Now Freida has broken her silence too. “ Everybody has their own little discoveries to make,” the 30-year-old actress told USA Today. “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.

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

Freida Pinto is busy promoting her latest project, indie movie Desert Dancer

Dev and Freida started dating after meeting on the set of the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. The film won eight Academy Awards, and catapulted its young stars into the spotlight.

Dev has gone on to appear in mainstream films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Chappie, and also had a recurring role in the hit HBO show The Newsroom.

Freida, meanwhile, has chosen a different path, taking on roles in a number of indie films – including 2011’s Trishna and her new movie Desert Dancer, which tells the true story of dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who started an underground dance troupe in Tehran, despite a strict religious ban during the 2009 Iranian election.

“I don’t think I’ve made any conventional choice, except for maybe Immortals and Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” she told USA Today. “To the outside eyes, it may seem that I’ve stopped working or that I have not been part of successful films. But I want to be part of these great indie stories.”

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