"A relationship is about two people only."
Since Bigg Boss OTT, Shamita Shetty has been in the public eye.
During her time on the show, she grew close to Raqesh Bapat and now, they are in a relationship.
On whether the media attention affects their relationship, Shamita said:
“Unfortunately, my entire relationship has been out there because we were on a public platform for quite some time.
“We did create a certain amount of fan following, and our fans love to see us together.
“But yes, it’s [the attention] tough. It puts a lot of pressure on two people in a relationship because you feel like you are constantly explaining yourself.
“There’s a lot of judgment and trolling that the families have to go through, unfortunately.
“I speak for his family, and I don’t like it. It’s avoidable.
“I wish people would respect the fact that everyone has a heart; so let’s not hit below the belt.”
But Shamita added that ultimately, people need to do their own thing.
“We (Raqesh and I) have consciously made an effort to not let these things affect us too much.
“A relationship is about two people only. It can’t be about the rest of the world and what they think about you.
“Luckily, we both are very secure people so it doesn’t affect us.”
Speaking about her career after Bigg Boss, Shamita revealed:
“Things have been good. And I am happy that there is stuff to choose from and good offers that are coming my way, which makes me happy.
“That, for me, is a change after Bigg Boss. I am in the process of signing two good web series as well.”
While the actress has come into the public eye due to reality shows, she says right now, they are a “no-no”.
“Honestly, I think I’ve been a part of all the big reality shows. I’ve spent half a year in the Bigg Boss house.
“So I have some other stuff happening now, so I just want to focus on that.”
Although Shamita Shetty has been in the industry for over 20 years, she admits it is a tough place to be in.
“You have to be emotionally very, very strong.
“There are some extreme highs and lows that you see here.
“And luck plays a very big role here. It can emotionally take a toll on you. It’s not an easy place to be in. There’s a lot of competition.
“You have to be mentally stable and strong enough to deal with the ups and downs.”