He credits co-star and ex-model Pinto for helping him deal with the instant media attention. "We're soulmates because we're both in this surreal situation. She is very beautiful... I haven't got a girlfriend but Freida, my co-star, is gorgeous," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
Patel is keen to deny speculation the pair has sparked an off-screen relationship. "There's no romance. I've never had a girlfriend. I've always been focused on acting. But for now I'm having the time of my life," he added.