Model turned actor and fitness enthusiast, Milind Soman, also known as Ironman just celebrated his 52nd birthday on November 4th. He is currently busy judging the show India’s Next Top Model on MTV India, however this is not the reason why he is in the news currently. The 52-year-old model has declared his relationship on Instagram with much younger Ankita Konwar and does not shy away in openly expressing his love towards her. The couple have officially been together for months now, even though some rumours are on the rife that they’ve been seeing each other for around 4 years now. There are also reports that the two are planning to tie the knot.

All seemed well until Soman’s birthday on November 4. His fans across the world conveyed their birthday wishes to him but things took an ugly turn when the model turned actor shared a picture along with a “Thank You” note. While there is a section of Twitterati who have been attempting to guess Ankita’s real age, some suggest that she is 18; others have discovered that she is actually 27. Some got really offended and went a step further in trolling the couple.

Milind Soman had earlier addressed the controversies about the age gap between him and Konwar: “A relationship, it’s about both the people. And I don’t consider age at all for anything – whether its relationships, fitness or health or whatever.”

Here are some of the Twitter reactions:

Happy arctic time at my @airbnb home in Oslo and Tromso #livethere #ad #Never2early4aselfie 😂 @earthy_5

A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on

Thank you all for your wishes! Have funnnnn !! 🙂 #Tromso #NorthernLights

A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on

Twitter went berserk with their reactions :

However there were some supporters of the couple as well :

It is difficult to comprehend how a happy and consensual relationship is troubling the strangers on Twitter so much. Age is just a number and Milind Soman’s relationship is a living example of that. Each individual has the right to have their privacy respected and it is time we all acknowledge this fact.