It’s official! After months of speculation, reports and rumours, actor Salman Khan has finally admitted that he’s broken up with long-time girlfriend Katrina Kaif.
“I have broken up with Katrina,” said the 44-year-old, in a recent television interview. “We were friends then for everybody, we are friends now.” At a public event last week, Katrina too, had said, “I am not in a relationship right now. Though I have plans for my wedding, there is no one in my life right now.”
While Salman and Katrina were unavailable for comment, a close friend of Salman says that problems started during the shooting of Salman’s film Wanted last year. “They are definitely not together anymore. Salman was really depressed during the shooting of Wanted… he won’t get any calls from Katrina, unlike earlier. But, he made sure he stopped stressing about it and they’re friends now. It wasn’t a bitter breakup.”
Interestingly, Kat has been missing from most events organised by Salman for his charity, Being Human, in the past three months. “She’s also been staying away from Salman’s family gatherings, even though she still visits his house as a friend,” says a source from Katrina’s clan.
Salman’s spokesperson, however, continues to deny the breakup reports, saying, “He did not give such a quote. He doesn’t talk about his personal life. He just repeated the anchor’s question and they (the channel) played it on a loop. We are very upset.”
Speculation is now rife that Sallu may have moved on. While actresses Zarine Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Kangna Ranaut have been linked to him in the past two weeks, a friend of Salman, on condition of anonymity, discloses that Zarine may be the “the one”. “He’s closer to Zarine than with any other actress at the moment,” she says.
Salman’s family and friends, meanwhile, are upset at this invasion of privacy. “Media should respect their privacy and not interfere,” says his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri.
Are Kat and Ranbir a couple?
While the latest girl in Salman Khan’s life may be a matter of speculation, there seems to be little doubt that actor Ranbir Kapoor is the new man in Katrina Kaif’s life. According to sources, Ranbir and Katrina were spotted at a five-star hotel in Delhi in July, while Ranbir was shooting here for Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. After Ranbir had wrapped up shooting for his film, the two were seen at the hotel.
A hotel staffer, on condition of anonymity, said, “The hotel treated them like VVIP guests. While Katrina loves egg white omelette, Ranbir is a fan of cheese.”
The two were also spotted earlier this month in London, where Kat was shooting for a film and Ranbir was shooting for an ad. They will also travel together when they embark on a 16-city US tour early next year. The tour is being organised by Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor and will feature a host of other Bollywood celebs.