Genelia-Riteish wedding in February 2012
Karan Johar congratulates the couple, who'll soon make their relationship official
Genelia D'Souza and Riteish Deshmukh have finally admitted to their relationship, and confirmed that they will be getting married early next year. And filmmaker Karan Johar, a close friend of the two, is "thrilled to bits" about the news.
"Am thrilled to bits and excited about one of my closest friends upcoming wedding!!! @Riteishd is a truly special guy and he and @geneliad make an absolutely wonderful couple!!! Big love to them!!!!" Karan posted on his Twitter page November 18.
In response to the filmmaker's message, Riteish wrote: "@kjohar25 loveeeeeee youuuuuu."
Genelia later posted on her Twitter page, "Thanks so much for your overwhelming response. It's a(n) exciting new chapter in our lives and all your wishes and blessings make it even more beautiful and special for Riteish and me."
Other stars including Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza, Siddharth, Arjun Rampal and Amrita Rao also tweeted their wishes for the couple.
"Riteish and Genelia a perfect example of a dignified couple. Two of my favourite people who are taking their commitment to the next level," Dia posted on her Twitter page.
Lara wrote: "So happy to share in the joy of both my onscreen husband Riteish wedding plans!! Love u ..!!"
Riteish and Genelia's love story began on the sets of their Bollywood debut, 'Tujhe Meri Kasam' in 2003. While neither of them ever publicly acknowledged their relationship, Riteish, son of politician Vilasrao Deshmukh, recently said in an interview that they would seal their eight-year-old relationship with a wedding in 2012.
Riteish, the son of politician Vilasrao Deshmukh, is 32 and Genelia is eight years younger to him.
The couple, who worked together in 'Masti' in 2004, have also teamed up for a film 'Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya'.
Earlier, Genelia had said at a fashion event in Mumbai on November 17, about the marriage reports, "I will speak about it when the time comes. I am definitely going to talk about it but not today, some other day. Some other time for sure, I will talk about it at length."
Genelia and Riteish were also spotted together at a coffee shop in Bandra, Mumbai on November 16. Starting to plan the wedding, perhaps?