MANILA - Xian Lim dodged questions about onscreen partner and rumored girlfriend Kim Chiu on Tuesday, shortly after admitting at a press conference that he is "single and ready to mingle."
The 24-year-old actor drew surprised reactions with the candid confession, which he offered while on stage at the event held by a skincare brand he endorses.
Shortly after the press event, Lim was quizzed by reporters on his status and his ties with Chiu, who has referred to her relationship with the actor as "special."
Asked if he was serious with his statement, Lim said, "Why not?"
"Nagpapasalamat ako kasi feeling ko 'yung mga tumili sa right side, mga fans 'yon, e," he added, referring to the shrieks that followed his candid statement earlier.
Lim was then asked if his being single means that Chiu is "out of the picture." The actor only shrugged and mentioned his endorsed brand.
When a reporter noted that he seemed to be avoiding dicussing Chiu, the actor only said, "We have a very special relationship [at] para sa amin lang 'yon."
He repeated this when asked further about the actress.
Unsure about 'KimXi' team-up
Xian Lim and Kim Chiu in a promotional image for 'Bride for Rent.' Star Cinema
Chiu and Lim's "love team" took off in 2011, and they have since co-starred in three TV series and two films in leading roles.
Fans of the rumored couple, dubbed "KimXi," were surprised when Chiu was paired with Coco Martin in the ongoing period drama "Ikaw Lamang," following the box-office success of the tandem's last film "Bride for Rent."
While Lim said he is set to do a new movie and a TV series, he could not confirm whether the projects would be with Chiu.
"Wala pa po, e," he said, when asked to share details about his upcoming projects. "Hindi pa po nag-sa-start, but as soon as we start, I'm going to let everyone know."
Lim was also asked for his reaction to the intrigues that hounded him recently, following his controversial number with an impersonator of Chiu which was telecast live.
When a reporter noted how Chiu was vocal of her support for him during that time, Lim only said, "Maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng... everyone [for[ being there, thank you."
"There are so many things to be grateful for, like this event... I feel really blessed, and there are so many things coming up my way, so I'm just really excited," he added.
"I'm just here to work hard and prove myself to people."
Lim, who is considered as one of the top endorsers in local showbiz, said he did not expect being given so many "blessings" just five years into his career.
"Even noong nagsimula ako sa mga teleserye, I didn't really expect I would go this fast. So maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng nagtitiwala," he said.