Harry Potter star opens up about his love

Daniel Radcliffe admits Erin Darke is more than just his girlfriend – she’s his best mate too.

The Harry Potter star, who went public with 29-year-old actress Erin earlier this year, thinks it’s important to be friends as well as lovers.

‘[Erin is] absolutely [my best friend],’ says Daniel, 25.

‘I think that’s the kind of relationship I always aspire to have with someone I’m in a relationship with. You want that person to be your best friend.

‘In the case of Erin, we definitely are.’

Daniel met Erin on the set of 2012 film Kill Your Darlings and believes a lot of couples fall for each other after becoming friends first.

‘I don’t think you can ever control how anything starts,’ the actor tells US Weekly.

‘It’s not like I seek out that way of meeting people or think I have to be their friend first but I think it’s often a very natural thing to progress from into a relationship.

‘The whole modern idea of “friend zone” and all that stuff – that’s a word I don’t like very much.’

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Anna Francis