Riteish & Genelia the new 'IT' couple of Bollywood talked to DNA on a variety of things. One being how Riteish was called as being gay.
Excerpts from the interview:
How did you handle link ups before marriage?
G: See, it was very frivolous. And it died eventually. There was nothing that grew on because they were just rumours. You're talking to your co-star and the person present there will create a story. Two people in the film industry are not treated with the same equation that you'd have in an office.
R: Most important for us was to understand each other. And once you do, everything else doesn't matter. For example, there were so many articles written about my sexuality. And I have been asked about it in interviews too, but what can you do? And it was like, 'Oh you're not seeing anyone — which I obviously was lying about — so you're gay (laughs). At first it used to bother me. The first time I was asked this was by a girl who had come to interview me for a magazine. I was in a state of shock. Okay, 'Are you gay?' she asked me. And I was like… what do I say? So I say no I am not. So the headline of the article was, 'No, I'm not gay.' And next time I go out, I was hounded that 'Magazine mein humne aisa padha hai... aapko kya kehna hai.' So, you know, it took me like a year to get over it. Then, me, Sajid (Khan) and other friends, we just joked about it and decided to not bother.
Q: (To Genelia) How did you take that?
G: (Laughs) I was very cool about all this. I think it's very silly. Like I know him, I know he's not gay!
R: She was like... should I give a statement saying you are not gay... (laughs)