Bigg Boss 8 Halla Bol winner Gautam Gulati did get close to supermodel and fellow contestant Diandra Soares on the show but the actor says he is not keen to take their relationship to the next level and would just like to be friends with her.
Gautam and Diandra hogged the limelight for getting intimate on the reality show, which came to an end last night after 132 days. The 27-year-old actor, however, said he does not see any possibility of a relationship with Diandra.
"We will remain friends but I will not get into any relationship with her. I don't think that is possible and even she knows that. She is a smart girl and a good friend. We never spoke about dating on the show.
"I think I was into an Emraan Hashmi zone and later realised that our kiss was not taken well outside. But my friendship with Diandra will continue," Gautam told post his win.
The Diya Aur Baati Hum actor was also in the news for his friendship with another contestant Sonali Raut, who proposed to him on the show. Gautam said though he admires her, he never felt anything more than friendship for the The Xpose actress.
"Sonali is a very nice girl. I like her attitude. She is very daring and I like this quality in a girl. But I can only think of her as a friend and I made that clear to her as well," he said.
Gautam beat his arch-rival Karishma Tanna and friend-turned-foe Pritam Singh in the finale to become the winner. He was rewarded Rs 50 lakh cash prize and a car. He said he is overwhelmed with the love and support he has received from his fans and finds the craze around him unbelievable.
"Things were stressful inside. In fact it was torture. But people outside supported me and that is why I am here today. My win is their win. I can't believe people love me this much. I am surprised and grateful to them.
"All those, who were against me on the show, apologised while congratulating me. I feel that is my victory," he said.