Deepika Padukone is ruling Bollywood ever since she made her debut and enjoys a massive fan following. As the actress is now married to Ranveer Singh, she has had a long string of boyfriends before that. Some hogged the spotlight, a few of them turned mere fleeting encounters.
Let’s have a look at the love affairs of Deepika Padukone.
1- Nihaar Pandya
Nihar was apparently Deepika Padukone’s first boyfriend in Mumbai. The two are said to have met at an acting school in Mumbai in 2005 and what appeared as a budding friendship, soon turned into a blooming romance. They were in a live-in relationship for three years, but in 2008 after Deepika became famous she broke up with him. But they continued to remain friends even after that.
2- Upen Patel
Deepika allegedly dated Upen Patel for a brief period. A source close to Upen had told that, “Deepika and Upen have known each other since their modelling days. Around the time they started dating, Upen wasn’t serious about a long-term relationship.”
3- M.S. Dhoni
Not many people know this but Deepika was said to be dating the former Indian captain, MS Dhoni as well. Reportedly, Dhoni asked SRK to introduce him to Deepika. When Farah Khan came to know about this, she told Dhoni, “Why don’t you ask Deepika if she is a cricket fan?” Dhoni even invited her for the a match in 2007.
Sources say that Yuvraj Singh was the reason why this relationship ended as Dhoni chose friendship over love.
4- Yuvraj Singh
As we mentioned above, Yuvraj and Deepika began dating immediately after she broke up with Dhoni. Even rumours of their engagement started doing rounds. Deepika celebrated her 22nd birthday with Yuvraj in Australia. She even hosted a birthday bash for Yuvi. There were news of them getting married. A source close to Yuvraj had said, “The two are very close to each other. In two years time, if things go well, marriage could be on the cards. But right now both of them are focused on their respective professions.”
However, this liaison also didn’t last too long for reasons best known to them. We guess both of them wanted to concentrate on their careers and not settle down!
5- Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s affair is one of the most famous and twisted relationships that Bollywood has ever seen. The two never shied away from expressing their love for each other in front of the world. The two had met through their common makeup artist Dorris. Deepika told People’s magazine in a previous interview,
“This goes back to when we were shooting for our respective debut films [Om Shanti Om and Saawariya] and we had just heard about each other. We had common makeup artists — Bharat and Dorris. Dorris is really fond of us, and she told me that he [Ranbir] is a really sweet guy and we should meet up. Dorris had once called him when she was with me. She said: “Why don’t you guys talk?” That’s when we first spoke and exchanged numbers. A few days later, almost around the same time [July 2007], he asked me out for lunch. He came and picked me up and we went to Celini at Grand Hyatt [Mumbai] for lunch.”
Deepika added to it saying, “It was meant to be only lunch, but lunch became coffee; coffee became cheesecake; cheesecake became a movie.” While Ranbir said, “Mr. Bean’s Holiday is the movie we watched at PVR Cinemas in Juhu.” Deepika ended by saying, “That didn’t end there. It became a long drive and then he dropped me home. We started seeing each other on February 23, .”
Their love was so deep that Deepika even got Ranbir’s initials inked on her nape. While everything was going well and their fans were hoping to hear the wedding bells, the news of their break-up stunned everyone.
According to some sources, they broke up because Ranbir’s mother Neetu Singh was not happy with their relationship. While some others say it was due to Ranbir’s alleged relationship with Katrina Kaif.
When asked if she and Ranbir Kapoor will ever get back, she said, “It’s not something that has ever crossed my mind. We have both moved on. It has made both of us better persons. I made me realise I should not be so attached to one thing or a person – after the break-up the fact that I had to pick myself up. I cried a lot after my break-up. But I have become a better person and I thank him for that.”
Even after breakup both remained good friends and even worked together in the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. In 2014, when Deepika appeared on Koffee With Karan, she was asked about Ranbir. She answered by saying that she wants to give him a pack of condoms. Maybe that was a dig at Ranbir’s infidelity.
Karan further asked why would she choose to keep her relationship with Ranveer under wraps, especially since she was so open about Ranbir, she said, “So I think that was a stage in my life where I genuinely believed that that I had fallen in love… I think that it was a relationship that I thought would go beyond.”
“For whatever reasons…I think we’re very different people and we’re not compatible. For whatever reasons it didn’t work out. And since then I wont say cautious but I think I’m very, very scared to invest emotionally in a relationship, because I don’t know how to just casually date, I don’t know how to be in this in-between dating but not committing. I don’t know that space. I want to be very sure before I’m ready to commit.”
6- Siddharth Mallya
After struggling to find herself again, Deepika began seeing the Kingfisher baron Vijay Mallya’s son, Siddharth Mallya. The two were spotted in multiple IPL matches and were even caught kissing each other when Royal Challengers’ Bangalore defeated the opposite team. But no one knows why this relationship went kaput too!
7- Muzammil Ibrahim
After breaking up with Siddharth Mallya, Deepika had a short fling with the Kashmiri model, Muzammil Ibrahim. Though it was for a brief period of time, they never spoke about it. In an interview, Ibrahim said, “I don’t want to talk about Deepika. With all due respect to her, she is doing great in her carrer and I wish her all the best. I’m also starting a new innings, and I don’t wish to look back.”
Reportedly, Muzammil was also offered a role in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, but he rejected it by saying that it won’t be comfortable for him to work with his ex.
8- Ranveer Singh
Deepika and Ranveer Singh have grabbed all eyeballs and media attraction for alleged link-up with each other. In 2013, when Ranveer was hospitalized for dengue, he said that he was down with ‘Loveria.’ In an interview with TOI, he said, “I love being in love. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
When Deepika was asked about Ranveer’s ‘Loveria’, she said, “No, it’s amazing, the way he is. He is so unique. And I think what I admire about him is that he is so unapologetic about the way he is.”
In 2013, Ranveer secretly went Dubai to meet Deepika when he was shooting for Happy New Year. Even Deepika spent time with him at Barcelona when he was shooting for Dil Dhadakne Do. Deepika confirmed their relationship when she was asked about how Ranveer feels when she works with her ex Ranbir. Deepika answered by saying that it is unfair to ask how secure or insecure her ‘boyfriend’ feels. She said that the question should better be asked to Ranveer.
However, the spark between the two flourished and led to their marriage on November 14, 2018, finalising the romances and love affairs of Deepika Padukone.