Preity Zinta married long-time beau Gene Goodenough at a ceremony held by family and close friends in Los Angeles on February 29, 2016. The good news about the marriage was put up on social media in the form of a congratulatory tweet by actor Kabir Khan.
The bubbly actress, in her hey days in Bollywood, was linked up with a string of actors, an allegation that she had firmly denied. She had also rubbished allegations by Suchitra Krishnamurthy who had accused her of having an affair with her husband Shekhar Kapoor. Preity’s first serious boyfriend was Marc Robinson; the relationship lasted from 2000 to 2001. However, they continue to remain friends till this day.
Preity began dating the Bombay Dyeing scion, Ness Wadia in 2005. They broke up four years later. In 2014, Preity filed a police complaint citing abuse, molestation and threat to life by her ex-beau Ness during an IPL match on May 31, in the same year. Ness refuted the charges.
Gene Goodenough – the Background
Preity has put the devils of the past behind her and has embraced a peaceful, romantic life with her boyfriend Gene Goodenough. The 41 year old is the Senior Vice-President for Finance at a hydroelectric company in the US, called NLine Energy. It is a renewable energy development company that has conceptualized a process to convert wasted energy present in water transmission and distribution systems into renewable energy source.
The 6 feet 1 inch tall Goodenough who stays in Los Angeles, is a graduate from Marshall School of Business. Before working in N-Line, he was the Assistant Vice-President in Bank of America and Vice-President/Director Product Management at Interthink.
The actress actually met and became friends with Gene, when she has visited the US , few years ago. She would often visit the country to meet her nephew and niece. Gene had been a constant source of unflinching support to the actress and had also helped her tide over her problems with her ex-flame Ness. In fact, Gene had also been witness to the Preity Zinta –Ness Wadia case, when he had filed a police complaint against her boyfriend.
The proceeds from the wedding pictures would be given to the Preity Zinta Foundation, a charitable organization. The couple will be back in India in the month of April for a gala reception for their Bollywood friends.