Cristine, Derek in 'constant' communication

By Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jan 22 2013 09:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 05:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Amid rumors romantically linking her to Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes admitted she remains "close" to her leading man in the blockbuster film "No Other Woman".

Actress Cristine Reyes and Derek Ramsay --

"Gumigimik talaga kami, pero hindi ko masasabing nagde-date kami," the 23-year-old actress told reporters on Tuesday.

"Ganoon naman talaga kami. Ever since naging close kami sa 'No Other Woman' (2011), naging constant na rin, tawag-tawag, hangout-hangout. Noon, kasama pa namin 'yung girlfriend niya, ako boyfriend ko, alam mo 'yun. So wala naman," she said.

The Kapamilya actress surmised that rumors of a blooming relationship between her and Ramsay surfaced because they have both gone through break-ups.

"Nakakatawa lang, kasi feeling ko lang nabibigyan nila ng kulay 'yung sa 'min ni Derek, dahil nagbreak na kami ni Rayver (Cruz), and siya kay Angelica (Panganiban)," Reyes said.

Last week, Reyes and Cruz made a televised announcement of their separation. According to the dancer-actor, they went on record regarding their break-up -- which happened last year -- so Reyes would not be "unfairly judged."

On Tuesday, Reyes said she remains good friends with Cruz. The two will also co-star in the upcoming ABS-CBN drama series "Bukas Nalang Kita Mamahalain".

On the other hand, Ramsay and Panganiban broke up early last year after a six-year relationship.

When asked on her hopes for the year ahead, Reyes said she intends to focus on her career, making "love life" less of a priority until she turns 26.

Meantime, the former Kapamilya actor said he and Reyes are "comfortable" being seen together in public "because we're friends."