"this lovely man has been my rock."
Ileana D’Cruz has shared a picture of her boyfriend for the first time.
The actress first sparked dating speculation in April 2023 when she surprisingly announced she was pregnant.
Netizens wondered who the father was.
Since then, she has shared pictures of her growing baby bump but avoided revealing the mystery man.
Ileana has now unveiled her boyfriend, although it was in a blurry black-and-white picture.
Paying tribute to him, Ileana posted a lengthy statement.
It read: “Being pregnant is such a beautiful beautiful blessing… I didn’t think I’d be fortunate enough to ever experience this so I consider myself so incredibly lucky to be on this journey.
“I can’t even begin to describe how lovely it is to feel a life growing inside of you.
“Most days I’m just overwhelmed staring down at my bump going wow – I get to meet you soon – and then there’s some days that are so inexplicably hard. So trying.
“They’re overwhelming. All consuming. And things just feel hopeless.
“And there’s tears. Then follows the guilt. And this voice in my head puts me down. I should be thankful, not be crying over something so trivial.
“I should be stronger. “What kind of mother will I be if I’m not strong enough…
“And I don’t know what kind of mother I will be. I really don’t. All I do know is that I love this little human so darned much already I could explode. And for now – I think that’s enough.
“And on the days I forget be kind to myself, this lovely man has been my rock.
“He’s held me when he feels me starting to crack. And wipes the tears away. And cracks goofy jokes to make me smile.
“Or just offers a hug when he knows that’s exactly what I need in that moment. And everything doesn’t seem so hard anymore.”
While many praised Ileana’s honest statement, others examined the picture and wondered who the man was.
Vijay Devarkonda and Kannada actor Yash were a few of the names mentioned in the comments.
But one name that was on people’s minds was Sebastien Laurent Michel, the brother of Katrina Kaif.
One user asked: “Is that Sebastien Laurent?”
“I think it is Katrina Kaif’s brother.”
There have been ongoing rumours that Ileana D’Cruz is dating Sebastien.
The pair have been seen accompanying Vicky Kaushal and Katrina. They travelled to the Maldives together and Karan Johar seemingly confirmed their relationship.
Ileana had previously sparked engagement rumours with her partner when she shared a picture of their hands, both wearing rings.
She wrote: “My idea of romance clearly can’t let him eat in peace.”