Freida Pinto admits her relationship with Dev Patel is a "challenge".

The actress - who has been dating the British star since they met on the set of 'Slumdog Millionaire'- admits they are both focused on their careers, which means they spend a lot of time apart, but she insists the pair try not to let it disrupt their romance too much.

She said: "I'm still together with Dev. It's a challenge to meet mid-way because I live in Bombay.

"But at the same time, we both respect and support each other. We know this is our work. And we know that we've got to concentrate and focus on that as well, just as much as we concentrate and focus on the relationship."

Though Freida is focused on her work, the actress'friends have begged her to slow down because they fear her busy schedule is taking its toll on her health.

She told Total Film magazine: "I've been sick recently. Overwork. My body was just screaming and telling me, 'Stop what you're doing for a bit.'Recently a friend said, 'Freida, you have to learn the art of saying, 'No.'