“I have had many girlfriends,” he has told the interviewer, “I was a very talented singer. So I was very much involved in activities organised by the school literary society. My talents used won me the attraction of so many girls who would shower me with toffees, chocolates and tea. . .”
Gnanasara has gone on to state that even presently, despite being a monk he has been pursued by young women and has faced extremely uncomfortable situations as a result.
Recalling one such incident he has stated,”I remember in 2004, when I was involved with the Ama Wessa program during the formation of the Hela Urumaya, one day I realised I was being followed by a very young girl whom I had never met before. She kept following me and staring at me. After sometime I informed the elders about her and it was then I was told that she was following me as a result of the mental anxiety she was undergoing due to her feelings for me. . .She had fallen in love with me and it seems she had said that she cannot live without seeing me although we had not ever even spoken to each other.”
However, he has asserted that he has been able to mange several such situations due to following the words of Buddha as they have been instructed to think of females who pursue them as their own sisters, mothers, daughters etc.
In the same interview, he had confessed to having a weakness for perfumes and fragrances as well.
Meanwhile, he has stated that he has never consumed alcohol or smoked as a layperson responding to a query during the interview. However, Colombo Telegraph revealed how he had pleaded guilty to nine charges including hit-and-run, drunk driving, speeding, driving without a valid licence and failing to report the accident filed against him by the Grandpass Police in 2000.