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Since a long time now, we have witnessed the coming together of the film industry and the cricket fraternity by means of romantic relationships which end up into being the happiest marital unions. Legendary jodis such as Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi-Sharmila Tagore, Harbhajan Singh-Geeta Basra, KL Rahul-Athiya Shetty, Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech have been tagged as the few OG couples. However, among them, it has been the couple, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma who have won hearts. Although the couple has been enjoying so many years of their marital bliss, interestingly, Virat was previously in a serious relationship with another actress before he tied the knot with Anushka in 2017.
Well, being one of the most successful Indian cricketers from his debut match itself, Virat Kohli has enjoyed a lot of female fan following and has equally been in a couple of relationships. One of them which had attained a lot of buzz back in the day was with Brazilian-model turned actress, Izabelle Leite. For the unversed, Izabelle made her debut in the Hindi film industry with the film, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within. She also did a few other movies such as Puraani Jeans and Sixteen, along with a few other prominent advertisement campaigns for top brands. Reportedly, Virat and Izabelle dated for two years before they broke up.
Virat had met Izabelle in Singapore where the duo came together for an ad shoot. They became instant friends and dated one another secretly, since Virat back then did not want to make his relationship public. Nevertheless, secret pictures of them became viral from many moments that they spent with each other. While they kept mum about their relationship for the longest time, it was in around 2014 when Izabelle Leite confirmed that she dated Virat back in time, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. She mentioned:
“Virat was one of the first Indian friends I had when I came to India. We were dating for quite a while. We were together for almost two years. But we didn't want to make it public. So yeah, Virat and I did have a relationship. But Sidharth is only my friend and yes, we do spend time together as well."
While Virat and Izabelle’s relationship did not end in a happy union, the couple’s breakup was on mutual terms and they had no ill feelings for one another. In fact, Izabelle once candidly spoke about the same and mentioned that the two of them are still good friends. In her words:
“Yes, we were in a relationship for two years. This relationship ended with mutual consent. Now we are good friends."
Fast forward to now, Virat Kohli is happily settled in his life with his wife, Anushka Sharma and their daughter, Vamika. Virat, who is often spotted candidly sharing anecdotes from his personal life, recently revealed how he was all nervous when he met Anushka for the first time during a commercial shoot. Recalling how he cracked a lame joke to make thinks more normal, in an interview with his friend, AB de Villiers on his show, he mentioned:
“Out of nervousness, I didn't realise how tall she was. So the first thing I told her when I saw her heels was, 'Didn't you get anything higher to wear?' and she was like 'Excuse me?' It was so bad, I was so nervous. But then I figured out that she was a normal person and when we got talking, I realized our background was so similar. From there on we became friends and then gradually we started dating, it didn't happen instantly."
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