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Designer Prabal Gurung denies dating Karan Johar, says director is his mentor & big brother

The designer's birthday post for the film maker sent social media in a frenzy.

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May 27, 2019, 10.57 AM IST
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Prabal Gurung  clarified Karan Johar is just his 'dearest friend'.
Prabal Gurung clarified Karan Johar is just his 'dearest friend'.
NEW YORK: New York-based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung has denied rumours about having a "romantic relationship" with Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.

A photograph of the two, now deleted by the designer, took social media in a tizzy on Sunday.

Gurung has now released a statement on Twitter clarifying that Karan 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," he wrote in the post.


The designer said his Instgram post of Karan 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 Karan, whom he described as his mentor, guru, confidante and a big brother, at the time of need.

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Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Happy birthday KJo.

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"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.

Gurung wrote that he loves Karan 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. 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."

The designer clarified that he was in a romantic relationship but not with Karan.

"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."

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."

Karan Johar Turns 46: Wearing More Than Just The Director's Hat

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Karan Johar has proved his directorial merit with some of the big banners in the Indian film industry. After the massive success of his directorial debut 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' (1998), he became one of Bollywood's most high-profile directors. His success and popularity has made him a well-known personality worldwide. Recently, he was invited at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos as a 'cultural leader' to share his views on the 'Weaponisation Of Culture'. As KJo turns 46, here's a look at all the roles he has played in his life:
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