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After months of speculation, it’s been confirmed that the stars of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, are indeed a couple!

It was Dev’s mother, Anita Patel, who spilled the beans about the good news after the couple were recently photographed getting cozy over a meal together in Israel.

“Freida is really beautiful and I am really happy for them," said Anita, who added, "Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her.”

The couple were photographed kissing and cuddling during an intimate lunch date last week after the 19-year-old actor jetted off to surprise the 24-year-old actress.

One onlooker said, “They looked very happy together and they didn’t seem to care who saw them. Dev couldn’t take his eyes off her and she couldn’t help cuddling up to him.

"They kept staring into each other’s eyes. They were certainly acting like a couple, despite what they have both said. When they left the bar they split up and tried to act like they weren’t together."

The pair grew close when they played childhood sweethearts Jamal and Latika in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film about a young boy’s journey from the slums of India to his appearance on TV quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

In February, their Slumdog Millionaire co-star Anil Kapoor claimed the couple were having a secret relationship, although the pair have steadfastly denied any romance.

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