Ranbir Kapoor broke a million hearts last week when he finally announced that he is dating Katrina Kaif and the couple plans to get hitched sometime next year. Reports suggest that Ranbir and Katrina might get engaged within a month.
As Ranbir fan girls and Katrina fan boys cry their hearts out, we take a look at one of this most talked about Bollywood relationship.
2008: When they first met
Reports claim that Ranbir's ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone took Ranbir to Katrina's birthday party in July 2008 and that was where Ranbir met Katrina for the first time.
2009: Ajab Prem Ki Gajjab Kahani
Ranbir and Katrina then met again on the sets of Rajkumar Santoshi's Ajab Prem Ki Gajjab Kahani. This was the time when Salman Khan was still dating Katrina and Deepika was with Ranbir.
2010: Break-ups and new affairs
Soon, rumours mills started buzzing that Ranbir and Katrina were dating. As they were open about their relation, the break up of Deepika and Ranbir was public knowledge too. On the other hand, Salman and Katrina parted ways in a hush-hush manner.
2011: Did Ranbir cheat on Deepika with Katrina?
In an interview, Ranbir confessed that he had cheated in a relationship, "Yes, I've cheated, out of immaturity, out of inexperience, out of taking advantage of certain temptations, out of callousness. You realise it now, when you grow up and you value it more why be in a relationship, why be committed to someone when you cannot be committed?"
2012: Deepika gets friendly with Ranbir-Katrina
Reports claimed that Deepika, who attended Ranbir's birthday party in September 2012, had a warm chat with both Katrina and Ranbir, putting to rest all rumours that she hated the couple.
2013: Ibiza holiday
In July 2013, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif were spotted holidaying in Ibiza, Spain. The images went viral on the internet and further strenghthened rumours that the duo was dating.
In an episode of Koffee with Karan season four, Kareena Kapoor said that she plans to dance on 'Chikni Chameli' at Ranbir and Katrina's wedding, putting another family stamp on the relation that was yet to be officially announced.
2014: Confirmed dating each other, moved in together
By late 2013, Ranbir and Katrina began making confident, public appearances - a clear suggetsion of maturity and stability in their relation. In 2014, both the actors admitted in different interviews that they hold special importance in each othersa' lives. Katrina had said, "He is an extremely important person in my life. I have a lot of regard for him. He is an amazing person, and an amazing actor. That’s the best way I can put it. And I feel everyone — to a large extent — is aware of his presence in my life." Ranbir, too matched Katrina's words when he named her as one of the most special people in his life, along with his family close friend Ayan: "My family, Ayan, Katrina, as she is a very special person in my life, Rohit Dhawan, who I grew up with, and Aisha Divetri, my school friend. And Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Basu, as they add a lot to my life."
Ranbir's mom Neetu, cropped Katrina Kaif out of a family picture that she posted on Instagram. A fan soon posted another version of the same image where Katrina could be seen. Rumours then started buzzing that Neetu hates Katrina!
Ranbir and Katrina reportedly started living together late in 2014 after Kapoor moved out of his parents' place. Rishi Kapoor later confirmed in an interview that the duo was living together.
Towards the year end, there were rumours that the duo got secretly engaged in London, but they were later refuted by both the actors.
2015: To be engaged in June?
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are likely to get engaged in June. A source told Hindustan Times, "The family is planning to host a special function by the end of the month to solemnise Ranbir and Katrina’s relationship. It will be a hush-hush affair, with only family and a few friends in attendance, though it’s not clear whether it will be an engagement, or a roka (a Punjabi tradition wherein a relationship is formalised)," says the source, adding, "They decided on the end of May, as Ranbir will be free after the release of Bombay Velvet, and Katrina will also be back from Cannes. Plus, it will give the family time to plan the function."
By April 2015, Katrina had cosied up to the Kapoor khandaan, or so, we believe. She was spotted spending quality time with Ranbir's family.
2016: Wedding plans
In an interview to Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Ranbir Kapoor said in May 2015 that he plans to get hitched by next year end. "This year, there's a lot of pressure on me because of work. I feel I won't be able to make the time. I'm thinking of getting married towards the end of next year. Till now, that's the plan for me and her."