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Rumours were rife that Ranbir Kapoor is dating a Delhi-based make-up artist Bharti Malhotra, but the latter cleared the air saying she has not even met the actor. Bharti has said she is in a steady relationship with someone called Prateek Chaudhari and these rumours of her dating Ranbir has affected her personal space to a great extent.

"Last week, I got a call from a friend who asked me if I was dating Ranbir Kapoor. Like any other girl with no connection to Ranbir or even Bollywood, I thought someone was playing a prank on me. Then I got to know that I was being tagged as 'Ranbir's new Delhi-based girlfriend' by a news channel," Bharti told the Times of India.

"Earlier, there were reports saying that Ranbir was spotted with some 'mystery girl' and then suddenly, I was suspected to be that 'mystery girl' and my Facebook pictures were used with those reports. I have no clue who started this or how this was reported without anyone trying to reach out to me. I did make a few calls to some publications to have the online reports removed. I told them that I am not dating Ranbir Kapoor, but it was of little help. I did not know how to stop that. Everyone started talking about it, but I have had enough of this," she added.

While reports had said Bharti was introduced to Ranbir by his sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, the Delhi girl said she has never met the actor or his sister. She also said people think she is enjoying the limelight, but the whole situation is very stressful for her.

It was also reported that Bharti was in Morocco recently on vacation with Ranbir, but she said she was in Jaipur with her boyfriend. "I have been dating him (Prateek Chaudhari) for the past three years. Our families know about us and we will be formally engaged soon. I was on vacation in Jaipur with him and I also have pictures from there. How could I be in Morocco? All these are false details and are there just to make the rumour more juicy. But it has really impacted my life. My boyfriend Prateek has been very supportive, but our families were worried about these false reports, people talking about them and my pictures being circulated on the internet," Bharti told the daily. Ranbir was in a relationship with Katrina Kaif but the two parted ways some time ago.