Jake Ejercito and Andi Eigenmann. Photo from Ejercito's blog
MANILA - Jake Ejercito insisted on Thursday that he is just a friend of actress Andi Eigenmann, who has been vocal in referring to their relationship as "real love."
The 22-year-old Ejercito, a son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with former actress Laarni Enriquez, was asked on the status of his relationship with the 23-year-old TV star on the sidelines of a Garage magazine fashion show.
Ejercito and Eigenmann, who have been rumored to be a couple since 2011, attended the event together.
"I just got back," Ejercito told ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido. "I'm spending time with family and friends. I'm here for a month for a break."
Ejercito, according to Eigenmann, is based in Singapore to continue his studies. He was previously based in London, where he took up political science and business management.
"We're good. We've been friends ever since naman," he said, referring to Eigenmann.
Asked whether they are a couple, Ejercito said, "No, no, no. We're still young, I'm still studying, and she's been very busy with all her projects."
In an interview in January, Eigenmann explained the real score between her and Ejercito, who has been her friend since childhood: "I guess we are considered a couple, but then we're not in a labeled relationship yet. Hindi pa rin. As long as he's not based here, hindi magbabago 'yon."
According to Ejercito, he will be graduating early next year. By that time, he said he will also be able to decide on possibly joining the 2016 elections. For now, Ejercito is hoping to assist his father in running Manila.
"If he gives me the chance to help out in Manila, that would be great. I've been interested naman ever since sa politics," he said.