Sushmita Sen, the former Miss Universe, aged 41, has explained on her recent Instagram post why she prefers to stay single even now. She claims that she hasn’t met her”sire” who can “play with fire”.
"Why still single, they ask? Why not, I answer," Ms Sen wrote in a post liberally sprinkled with emoticons, "I am secure in my choice and in being so, I can respect and appreciate another's choice... whatever that may be. After all, 'singles or doubles, we play to win.' As for me, let's just say 'I am yet to meet that sire who loves to play with fire.'"
Sushmita Sen has dated director Vikram Bhatt and actor Randeep Hooda. She has also adopted two children, Renee (16) and Alisah (8).
Ms Sen recently served as a judge at the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines, the same place she won the title over two decades ago in 1994.
After completing her year-long tenure as Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen made her film debut in 1996's Dastak, directed by Mahesh Bhatt. She starred in films like Biwi No 1 - for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Filmfare Award - Sirf Tum, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya?, Main Hoon Na and Filhaal.
Sushmita Sen's last notable film was the 2015 Bengali movie Nirbaak.