MANILA, Philippines – Photos of Azkals striker Phil Younghusband and his alleged girlfriend have surfaced on the Internet.
A gossip blog has published a set of photos of Younghusband who reportedly got cozy with a woman in a party recently.
The woman was reportedly identified as Denisse Oca, daughter of actress Melissa Mendez.
For the football player, however, the photos show nothing more than friendship.
"To those who it may concern. Please leave @d_oca (Oca's Twitter username) alone. She is a friend and doesn't deserve any of this," he tweeted.
Younghusband believes that the rumor mill went off the rails again.
"Lots of rumors going around. Things being made an issue out of nothing. Please consider the feelings of the people involved. Thanks guys!" he said.
Who's that girl?
Oca, on the other hand, also directly answered the speculations.
"[Y]ou got your facts wrong. I'm not his girlfriend. Pls don't indulge in such rumors," she tweeted.
"This issue has been blown out of proportion. Pls know that these rumors aren't true & I never started it. My REAL friends can attest to that," she added.
Days before Valentine's Day, Younghusband created a stir after he asked actress Angel Locsin for a date via the microblogging site.
Locsin replied that she had a scheduled taping that day. Younghusband, however, said that they indeed "went out a few times" and are "just really getting to know each other."
Prior to his very public invitation, Younghusband admitted in his previous interview that, aside from Locsin, he also has a crush on actress-host KC Concepcion.
When sought for reaction, Concepcion said she was flattered by Younghusband's admiration.