There's no official reason cited for the split but many think the age gap - Dev is 24 and Freida 30 - may have something to do with it.
The pair were dogged by marriage rumours throughout their relationship, prompting Patel to deny reports in 2010 that they were engaged.
The former Skins actor said: "That would be a really long game for a horny 17-year-old to play.
There’s not even any point me trying to clarify or justify it, because then you give those silly headlines power.
They've always been very kind to me and, even as a gangly guy, I felt I was rocking their suits," he recalls.
"So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went.
A lot of my motivation has come from her, from being with her and knowing her.""That would be a really long game for a horny 17-year-old to play.
There's not even any point me trying to clarify or justify it, because then you give those silly headlines power," he says. I never read gossip because it doesn't matter to me.""I remember going to this one Burberry show, and it was exciting.
"Running away from it is not going to help you find your answers.
She won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
She has appeared in several American and British productions, often playing supporting roles.
Freida Pinto has spoken for the first time about her split from Dev Patel. "Everybody has their own little discoveries to make," the 30-year-old actress told .
The couple decided to end their six-year romance in December 2014, although their break-up wasn’t confirmed until February, during an interview Dev gave to the . "She's just a really generous, patient human being who has been one of the most impactful people on my life. "Their own surprises, their own disappointments, and they're all part and parcel of life.
A lot of my motivation has come from her, from being with her and knowing her." Freida Pinto and Dev Patel split up in December 2014 but remain very close Out of respect for Freida and their romance, he declined to comment any further on their break-up. "There is no way one person can sit down and go, ' But why did this happen to me?