Do you know Leander Paes had a live-in-relationship with Sanjay Dutt’s ex-wife Rhea Pillai for 8 years!

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Today, tennis player Leander Paes is celebrating his 44th birthday. Born on 17 June, 1973, he is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time. On the occasion of his birthday, lets take a look at his controversial love life.

Leander was born in Calcutta, India. His parents were both sports persons. Paes enrolled with the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras (Chennai) in 1985, where he was coached by Dave O’Meara. The academy played a key role in his early development. Leander earned international fame when he won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and rose to no. 1 in the junior world rankings.

Well, you will be surprised to know that Leander had a live-in-relationship with Sanjay Dutt’s ex-wife Rhea Pillai for 8 years. The duo grabbed headlines when they were spotted together in 2005. The couple has a daughter, Aiyana.

Before Leander, Rhea was married to Sanjay Dutt in 1998, but they separated after a few years.