Bollywood actress Ileana D’cruz debuted in acting with Telugu film Devadasu and got fame after doing movie Barfi with Ranbir Kapoor. The actress has done movies with big stars of Bollywood like Rustom with Akshay Kumar, Mubarakan with Arjun Kapoor, Baadshaho & Raid with Ajay Devgn.
Ileana during her Fiji visit as brand ambassador talked about her pregnancy rumors. She said “I’m not pregnant. In fact, I would have been super happy if I was. It’s something I have always wanted. But there’s still time. I still don’t want to become pregnant yet.”
Ileana shocked everyone when she uploaded a picture with caption “hubby” for her Australian photographer beau Andrew Kneebone on social media. On this, she said ”It’s not important to me (to tell the world if I’m married or not). I do tell the world about my equation in a way, and let the world a little bit into my life. But I like it that way because I hate the negativity that comes with it. I’ve learnt to live with it as it has been a little over 12 years for me in the industry now. But it’s really not fair on the so many other people, the families involved.”
“I had a different perception of what a relationship or love is like. I was all giddy-headed and fairytale about it in my head, but it’s so different. There’s a lot of restraint that you’ve got to have, compromising in certain situations — and you’ve got to have a lot of respect ” she added.
Ileana praised her beau Andrew Kneebone and said “Things had got so bad that I was pushing people away. I didn’t realise how much I was alienating people. I would constantly refuse to go out when friends would call. At one point, I didn’t realise I was at home for a week… After that, I got an ultimatum from him.”
“Now I don’t look at life where I’d say: ‘Oh gosh, my life’s over if I don’t have films any more’. My approach is that there’s so much more for me to do… It (depression) really was in a way godsent… That depression and that phase in my life, as horrible as it was, was needed in a way to switch things back and change who I was as a person” she added.
I break. I cry. I crumble. I fall. I beat myself up over the way I look. I’ll find fault with myself. I lose sense. I lose perspective. I forget who I really am. I focus on the negativity. I feel completely helpless. And all I want to do is give up. I feel weak. Unable to take the scrutiny. Unable to deal with the harsh words of the many many faceless people who thrust their opinions onto me. How I should look, what I should wear, what I should say, whom I should be seen with… And all I want to do is hide from it all..lock myself away and just cower in fear and pray that eventually it’ll all go away. . .. … …. ….but that’s not me. That’s not who I truly am. I’m stronger than that. @andrewkneebonephotography I honestly wouldn’t still be here if you weren’t in my life. You saved me. You still do. You pick up my broken pieces and fix me up and give me strength to fight my battles. You remind me that I am good enough. You tell me I’m beautiful every single fucking day. And you mean it. But most importantly you don’t give up on me. You make me a better me. I’m not a quitter. I won’t give up. Not today. #bekind #bekindalways #bekindtoyourself #bekindtooneanother
She talked about her career in films “I’m happy I’m doing films at a slow pace rather than doing anything and everything… I do love my work, but for me, my priority is definitely family, and then work. More often than not, this industry expects you to put work before family. They are like ‘The show must go on’ irrespective of whatever happens. That’s something I like to twist and tweak to my way as much as I can,” she said.
“When I first started out in Telugu cinema, I signed anything and everything that came my way. I was 18, was immature and it felt like a good idea that ‘Oh, they are paying me a good amount of money’. I was young, naive, I had zero ambition and, honestly, it wasn’t my calling,” she added.