'I don't feel the need to marry John'
They have been together for almost eight years now and have kept the media guessing when will they finally tie the knot.
And it seems fans will have to wait longer as the hottest couple of Bollywood Bipasha Basu and John Abraham haven't felt the need to say "I do" as yet.
The sultry beauty says that she has full faith in the institution of marriage but her relationship with John is so fulfilling that she doesn't feel the need to marry him.
"There are no plans and there is no pressure to get married. And actually we don't feel the need to get married now. We do believe in the institution of marriage. Our intentions were very clear since year one that the relationship is for keeps. But somethings happen when they have to happen and I don't think it is time yet," Bipasha told PTI in an interview.
Image: John Abraham and Bipasha Basu
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
'We enjoy a lot of support from both of our families'
Bipasha and John, who started dating in 2002, have seen ups and down in their relationship but the couple has stood strong together and the actress credits the success of their rock solid relationship to their similar values.
"We are very similar. Our ideologies in life are very similar. Our roots, family values are same. Besides we enjoy a lot of support from both of our families," Bipasha said.
Another passion which keeps the couple together is their obsession with fitness. While hunky John is well known for a body to-die-for, Bipasha has gone a step ahead and launched her 'Love Yourself' fitness DVD sharing secrets behind her fab body and the star claims that it is a major sell out.
"It is selling like hot cakes. The absolute compliment is that complete strangers walk up to me and say that they have experienced a change after my DVD which is so heartening. My trainers are complaining that they are losing customers because now they exercise with my fitness DVD at home. This is a huge compliment," Bipasha said.
And that is not all as the actress is turning into a business woman and planning to come up with a series of DVDs with a fitness collection as well.
"It was not a one off idea. The day I conceptualised it, it was meant to be a series. We will surely be coming out with more in a couple of months. Then I am also coming up with a fitness range which will be out next month. It should have been out already but we waited till IPL," Bipasha said.
Image: Bipasha Basu and John Abraham in Jism
'Fitness is my passion'
With so much on hands besides a full blown career in film one wonders how she manages all with such aplomb.
"I am pretty much good at time management you see. I started working at such a young age taking care of myself. Also being in films and handling commercials is also running your own business. And besides that fitness is my passion and I am more than happy to share it with my admirers," she said.
Moreover the 31-year-old bombshell feels that she is content with her standing as an actress in the industry and bothers less about the competition.
"I am a very content person. I am so busy in my own zone that I don't need to know what others are doing. I know that there are new crop of actors coming up but that is the course of nature. Besides I don't believe in competition. I know some people are driven by it but I am not one of them," Bipasha said.
Image: Bipasha Basu
'Let me just enjoy this other side of 30s'
When asked isn't she bothered about walking the other side on thirties and pat comes the reply, "You know you guys need to take a chill pill. As soon as a woman turns 30 you start talking about her age."
"We learn so much from Hollywood but not this small thing that women there are so much successful in their 30s and even 60s and at the same time look gorgeous. I am finally enjoying this phase of my life when I know what I want so let me just enjoy this other side of 30s as you say," she said.
Bipasha's long awaited Pankh is finally running in theaters and she is presently wrapping up Priyadarshan's Aakrosh with Ajay Devgn. She is also busy shooting for Rohan Sippy's Dum Maro Dum with Abhishek Bachchan.
Image: Bipasha Basu