updated 06/30/2010 AT 10:45 AM ET
•originally published 06/30/2010 AT 11:15 AM ET
Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel’s mother found out about her son’s engagement on the Internet. Only he never popped the question.
“I was like, Mum, ‘I didn’t [get engaged] – trust me,’ ” the actor says, quashing widespread rumors that he and longtime girlfriend Freida Pinto plan to tie the knot. “Nothing’s happened. Everything is fine. I’m just shooting a film.”
But the buzz grew so strong, Patel’s mother was forced to clear up rumors herself.
“My mum will go to work and [have to] explain to everyone why they have written that her son is going to get engaged,” he tells PEOPLE, “and got a wedding ring, and how it’s all not true.”
What is true: Patel, 20, and Pinto, 25, met on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and have been dating ever since. And while they may not be walking down the aisle right now, their relationship is going strong.
“She’s very inspiring to me and just great support,” Patel says of his girlfriend. “She’s a great friend and amazing.”