Indian actor Ranveer Singh has rubbished reports that he is dating Deepika Padukone.
The two sparked dating rumours after starring together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Ram-Leela, an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, the 28-year-old actor was asked when will he declare his relationship with Padukone.
"But we aren't seeing each other, so what's there to admit? We are close friends and I enjoy her company. We grew close over the course of our film and, within the film circle, she is one of my closest friends. There's nothing more to it," he said.
"Some people might jump the gun and assume that we are romantically involved, but we are not. As long as they (rumours) have no effect on our relationship, I am okay. And I think the comfort level we share when it comes to getting clicked together is testament to the fact that we have nothing to hide. There's nothing wrong in that, and that's why it doesn't bother me. It's a free country. People can jump to conclusions or jump off a building if they want," Singh added.
Padukone dated her Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani co-star Ranbir Kapoor from 2007 to 2009.
Meanwhile, Singh will be seen along Anushka Sharma in Zoya Akhtar's upcoming film Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat), with whom he shares a special bond.
The two first appeared together in Band Baaja Baarat, and were later seen together in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.
"I share a special chemistry with her. I haven't worked with her for a while now, so, yes, I am very excited. Actually, I was waiting for the next opportunity to work with Anushka because I believe that she is one of the best young actors in the country," he said.