Shetty is a frequent subject of speculation regarding romance. She previously dated Akshay Kumar, but the couple broke up in 2000 after he started dating Shetty’s friend and fellow actress Twinkle Khanna after a previous indiscretion, which led to Shetty’s successful suing of Stardust Magazine for publishing a “damaging” report about the affair.
In an interview for The Times of India, Shetty quashed rumours of a romance with film director Anubhav Sinha and claimed to have changed her mobile phone number in order to concentrate on her busy schedule.But in a later interview for The Sunday Mirror, a friend of Shetty said that she was “in love” with Sinha and that he was her “soulmate”, but that she could not be with him for fear of parental disapproval, social stigma (Sinha is married with two children, although currently separated) and adverse public perception. She married Raj Kundra on 22 November 2009 and announced on her web site that “I am officially Shilpa Shetty Kundra now!!