New York-based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung has denied rumours about having a “romantic relationship” with Bollywood film-maker Karan Johar.
A photograph of the two, posted on his personal Instagram account with the caption ”Pyaar kiya to darna kya”, sent social media in a frenzy on Sunday. Gurung has now released a statement on Twitter clarifying that Johar is just his “dearest friend”.
He wrote, “Can we have some humour and levity please. I feel very saddened and disappointed to need to say this, but to officially set the record straight: I am not in a romantic relationship with Karan Johar.”
The designer said his Instagram post of the ace Bollywood director and him was done with “humour and my absolute love of Bollywood, it’s melodramatic flair and the one and only Madhubala”.
“It has subsequently been misconstrued as Karan an me being in a relationship. Karan is one of my dearest friends.” He added that he turns to the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai film-maker, whom he described as his mentor, guru, confidante and a big brother, at the time of need.
“We’ve seen each other through our respective highs and lows. Karan is someone I deeply admire and respect . Not only has he been there for me, he’s been there for my family as well. I admire his wit, compassion, and his empathy for this world,” he added.
The famed designer wrote that he loves Johar but only as a friend.
“These reasons and many, many more is why I love Karan. But as a friend, as a big brother , as someone who I can always count on,” Gurung further added.
“To misconstrue my deep love for Karan as a romantic relationship is immature, unfounded and frankly very damaging in the 21st century – In this time of incredible divisiveness and othering that is happening all over the world.”
“I have been in a happy romantic relationship for over five years – with someone else – not Karan. There is not just one kind of love, one definition of love,” he wrote.
Gurung said that as a “global society, we need to expand the horizon and definition of love. I feel that each and every one of us need to love whoever we want, however we want to love them – unabashedly, openly and proudly.”
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