Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Ileana D’Cruz opens up: Of films, depression, marriage and pregnancy

She was all of 18 when her acting career took off, landing her in the cobweb of celebrityhood. But actress Ileana D’Cruz has managed to escape it her way – by prioritising family over work, maintaining a slow pace, conquering depression that stemmed from superficial judgments by faceless people, and ignoring constant rumours about her marriage and pregnancy.

“I’m not pregnant. In fact, I would have been super happy if I was. It’s something I have always wanted. But there’s still time. I still don’t want to become pregnant yet,” Ileana told in an interview during her Fiji sojourn as brand ambassador, laughing off rumours.

There was a hullabaloo when she used “hubby” for her Australian photographer beau Andrew Kneebone on social media, leaving fans and the media playing the guessing game on her marital status. “It’s not important for me (to tell the world if I’m married or not). I do tell the world about my equation in a way, and let the world a little bit into my life. But I like it that way because I hate the negativity that comes with it. I’ve learnt to live with it as it has been a little over 12 years for me in the industry now. But it’s really not fair on the so many other people, the families involved,” said the 31-year-old actress with Goan roots.

Ileana said a relationship is about restraint and respect. “There’s respect there,” Ileana said, adding, “I had a different perception of what a relationship or love is like. I was all giddy-headed and fairytale about it in my head, but it’s so different. There’s a lot of restraint that you’ve got to have, compromising in certain situations – and you’ve got to have a lot of respect.”

Respect, in her checklist for a relationship, precedes trust and love. “I feel we’ve sort of evolved into that,” asserted Ileana, who mostly avoids opening up on her personal life to keep it away from being “frivolised”.

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