Ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh has engaged to model-turned-actress girlfriend Hazel Keech at a private ceremony in Bali. Yuvraj, who is currently out of the Indian set-up, plans on getting married by February 2016, according to reports.
Yuvraj and Hazel have been dating for the last three months, but were able to maintain their distance from the media. Few days ago, Yuvraj had hinted about his marriage on Twitter, during a conversation with Harbhajan Singh, who recently got hitched to actress Geeta Basra. Both Yuvraj and Hazel had even attended the wedding.
“Yuvraj has known Hazel for the last three years, but started dating only three months back,” Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam Singh told Zee News.
Father Yograj Singh believes that Yuvraj’s marriage to Hazel will change his son’s fortunes and he will return to the national fold. Yograj, impressed by his son’s choice, feels Yuvraj will definitely make a comeback to the national team. “I was introduced to her by Yuvraj and she is a very nice girl. I am confident that marrying her will change his fortunes and he will return to the national squad,” Yograj said.
“He definitely has it in him to represent India. It is sad how Mahendra Singh Dhoni spoilt his international career. The same had happened to me when my friend Kapil Dev had destroyed my India career.”
Yuvraj has earlier been linked to Bollywood actress Kim Sharma and was later reportedly involved with Deepika Padukone in early 2008.
Lesser known facts about Hazel Keech:
• Hazel Keech is a former Bigg Boss contestant. She portrayed the role of Kareena Kapoor’s best friend and Salman Khan’s wife in the movie ‘Bodyguard’.
• Hazel was born in Essex, England to a British father and a Mauritian mother.
• The celebrity couple is the latest to enter a new phase after Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra.
• Yuvraj had a four-year relationship with ex-girlfriend Kim Sharma. He was also rumoured to have affairs with Priety Zinta and Deepika Padukone.
• Yuvraj had hinted on Twitter about his engagement after telling Harbhajan on October 30 that he will play straight from Diwali onwards. This was after when bhajji had asked him to play straight rather than a cut or a pull.
• Hazel is a British model who has appeared in many ads and movies in India. Known for her exquisite beauty, the Essex-born model-turned-actress has a British father and a Mauritian mother.
• Appeared in ‘Billa’ and ‘Bodyguard.’ Remember the be-speckled beauty alongside Kareena Kapoor in ‘Bodyguard’?
• Hazel acted in the 2007 Tamil Film ‘Billa’ which was a Tamil remake of Don. However, it was in 2011, when the actress acted in Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’, that gave her career and added oomph.
Appeared in ads:
Not only movies, the model actress has also appeared in many television advertisements. She has acted in several ads like Maruti Suzuki, Vivel and Sprite. She became especially highlighted in the ad industry because of her modelling background.
She was one of the contestants in television show ‘Bigg Boss 7’. However, she became the first contestant to be ousted from the house as well.
The model is half-Indian and half-British. It might come as a surprise but the model-turned-actress had joined Bollywood dance class in London and listened to Hindi classics.
Hollywood appearance in Harry Potter
She was seen as Harry Potter’s friend in three Harry Potter movies – ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.
She did the popular item number ‘Aa Ante Amlapuram’ and has performed as a guest in ‘Jhalak Dikkla Jaa’ and did a cameo in Punjabi film.