The pair appeared together in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, and have since started a relationship. However, Pinto lives in India, while Patel still lives in London.
The actress told Total Film: "I'm still with Dev. It's a challenge to meet mid-way because I live in Bombay. But at the same time we both support and respect 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."
Speaking about how their work on the film, she added: "I think when we were making Slumdog, there was some kind of magic that everybody felt. Everything was in sync."
"We knew there was something magical happening while the film was being done, but we didn't know the magic was all these awards."