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Prabal Gurung squashes dating rumours with Karan Johar in a heartfelt note

A picture of Prabal Gurung and Karan Johar sparked their dating rumours.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 27, 2019 10:18 IST
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Prabal Gurung  and Karan Johar

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 sent social media into a tizzy on Sunday. Gurung took to Instagram to wish KJo on his birthday and wrote, ''Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Happy birthday KJo.'' The filmmaker replied to his post by saying, ''Control yourself bhaiya!''

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Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Happy birthday KJo.

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Since then, speculations were rife regarding them being in a relationship. To clear the air, Gurung released a statement on Twitter saying 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 Instagram 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 and 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.

"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."

(With IANS inputs)

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