The couple met on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela and went on to do two more films, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat with the filmmaker.
Over the course of the three movies, love happened.
In a recent profile of Ranveer Singh, Padukone revealed what specifically drew her towards him.
Talking to Open magazine, Padukone said that it was his masculinity not being threatened by her success and his genuine investment in her career that really did it.
She said, “When we started dating six years ago, I was more successful than him, busier than him, making more money. I’ve never come across a man who is so comfortable with my success and the attention I was getting. He was supportive and encouraging of my career and it wasn’t superficial support. That doesn’t happen with many men. He really cared, and I don’t think our relationship would have lasted if not for how he inherently felt about my world and how much he respected it. I did not have to make compromises to keep my man happy and that was the best thing about him.”
Padukone isn’t incorrect in her assessment.
A study by psychologists Kate Ratliff from the University of Florida and Shigehiro Oishi from the University of Virginia found evidence that men automatically interpret a partner’s success as their own failure, even when they’re not in direct competition.
Before Padukone started dating Singh, she was in a long-term relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, who cheated on her.
Padukone has spoken about how her trust was broken.
In an interview, she said, “If I’m going to be fooling around, why would I be in a relationship? It’s better to be single and have fun. But not everyone thinks like that. Maybe that’s why I’ve been hurt in the past. I was foolish enough to give him a second chance because he begged and pleaded, despite the fact that everyone around me said he was still straying. Then I actually caught him red-handed. It took me a while to get out. But having done that, nothing can make me go back. That ship has sailed.”