Bollywood actor Abhay Deol gets hitched to model Preeti Desai

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 18:32 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Abhay Deol has got engaged with his model girlfriend Preeti Desai.

Apparently, Abhay has been dating Preeti Desai, former Miss Great Britain, for quite a long time. Buzz has it that Abhay and Preeti exchanged rings at a clandestine event, with only their parents and close friends present at the function.

Interestingly, the couple is in no mood to disclose their engagement in public, as Preeti is all set to make her Bollywood debut this year.

Preeti, who made history by becoming the first coloured woman to win the Miss Great Britain title in 2006, will make her debut in Ekta Kapoor`s ‘Shor In The City’.

Talking to a daily about Preeti’s Bollywood debut, a source said, “Despite all the cosmetic changes, the Bollywood audience is still conservative about accepting an engaged or married actress. That could be the reason why Abhay and Preeti want to hide the engagement. They have not even sported the rings yet.”

Abhay Deol first met Preeti Desai at the success party of his film ‘Dev. D’, and hit it off instantly. Preeti shifted her base from UK to Mumbai with B-town dreams and the duo have been living together in Abhay’s Juhu flat for more than a year now.

It is believed that Preeti`s relationship with Abhay was the major reason why the beauty queen decided to shift to India.

“They realised it was difficult to maintain a long- distance relationship. For a while, they decided to part ways as a couple but stayed in touch as friends. Their love was rekindled after Preeti shifted to Mumbai with a few plum modelling assignments in her kitty. Being a good friend, Abhay helped her settle down in the city. They then started dating again,” said the source.

Here’s wishing a great life ahead to Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai.