MANILA - Enchong Dee was cornered in a live interview on Thursday on the identity of his non-showbiz girlfriend -- a topic he has been avoiding since he revealed the relationship early this month.
During his guesting on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," the 25-year-old actor was asked whether there is truth to rumors that his girlfriend is a model named Samantha Lewis.
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"Is she the one? You may answer me or you may not answer me, but I'm asking the question," host Boy Abunda told Dee.
Explaining he does not want to "get anyone involved," Dee opted not to answer the question, but was asked again by Abunda, this time with "Yes" or "No" as his only options for a response.
Laughing, Dee said: "But you said, 'You can choose not to answer it!'"
Firm with his stand to keep his girlfriend's identity a secret, Dee instead offered to tell Abunda the answer once the cameras stop rolling.
Asked if he is still affected by speculation that he is lying about his current relationship, Dee said that after 8 years in the industry, he has already gotten used to being the subject of criticisms.
Dee also explained why he no longer wants to have a relationship with a showbiz personality. Previously, he was romantically linked with former "Muling Buksan ang Puso" co-star Julia Montes.
"Hindi naman po sa hindi maganda," Dee said. "Pero parang everyone's in the relationship, everyone's talking about it, everyone has a say. So, ngayon, something different."