Milind Soman, one of India’s most popular models from the ‘90s, continues to draw a huge fan following. Soman, who turned 52 Nov. 4, is in the headlines once again, courtesy a photo that he shared on social media.
The high-profile model and a marathon runner, who is holidaying in Norway with his girlfriend Anita Konwar, reportedly an 18-year-old flight attendant, posted a selfie with Konwar along with a thank you note to his fans for all the birthday wishes.
The alleged age gap between the two is what has unsettled many on the internet sparking vigorous ethical debates.
“18-yr old girl dating a 51-year old Milind Soman. Modi Govt urgently needs to start ‘Beti padhao Beti ko Milind Soman se bachao Abhiyaan,’” wrote one user.
“Milind Soman’s Gf: hey, I’ m 18 and my bf is 50! Is that bad? Friend: u just spelled Dad wrong,” came another snarky comment.
One user passed this snide remark: “At 40 #MilindSoman married a 26 yr. Old French actress. At 52 he is dating an 18 yr. Old lady. This superman loves to challenge himself.”
One Twitter user took it upon herself to remind readers that “Milind Soman’s last girlfriend was about 20 years younger.” “Why does this man hate women his age?” she asked.
But others did not mind the age gap, and simply focused on his great physical form and wished him well, like this user, who wrote: “Sir you are an inspiration to remain fit and young,” and another, who wrote: “Hope the year ahead brings you many more marathons to finish, many more peaks to summit and the best health to conquer it all!”
Soman seemed unperturbed by the trolling and came back with a befitting response: more vacation photos, including an early morning selfie also featuring Konwar.
“Happy arctic time at my@airbnb home in Oslo and Tromso #livethere #ad #Never2early4aselfie,” he added in the caption.
However, this is not the first time that Soman has introduced Konwar to his followers. Earlier this year, he attended the Amazon India Fashion Week with Konwar as his plus one and documented that on his various social media accounts.
Soman, best known for starring in Alisha Chinai’s music video, “Made in India,” has not stepped away from the limelight. He is currently on the judges’ panel on Season 3 of MTV’s “India’s Next Top Model.”