MANILA -- Actor Enchong Dee, who expressed happiness in both his career and personal life, shrugged off persistent rumors that he is gay.
Even if he recently confirmed that he has a non-showbiz girlfriend, Dee's critics remain unconvinced, insisting the actor is just making up stories to cover up his real sexual preference.
"Eh di kung ano ang gusto nilang isipin, eh ganoon naman talaga. Basta ako, I am happy right now and I just always say na I stay awesome kasi kung ganoon ang buhay nila, wala naman akong magagawa," Dee said on Thursday.
He also laughed off talk about his so-called "imaginary" girlfriend.
"Natatawa nga ako. Parang sabi ko the last time na may imaginary friend ako, siguro I was 2 or 3 years old. Medyo matanda na naman ako ngayon," he said.
But when asked pointblank if fashion model Sam Lewis is his girlfriend, as has been reported by some gossip websites, Dee was rather evasive in his reply.
"Hindi ko naman maintindihan. Kasi marami namang artista na may non-showbiz relationship bakit parang naka-focus lang sa akin. Parang nagre-research 'yung mga tao. Try niyo kayang mag-research sa iba," he said.
"Sabi ko nga, ayaw kong magsalita. Kahit nung nag-guest ako kay Tito Boy Abunda, hindi ako nag-name names. Kahit sino pa ang magtanong, I just don't want to talk about it. Gusto ko talaga kaming dalawa lang parang ang naguusap ganyan, ayaw kong may involved na ibang tao," Dee said.
Dee also insisted that he has the right to keep his love life private.
"I enjoy the limelight when it's focused on my working life but if it's personal, it's different. I mean nagpapasalamat ako
sa lahat ng taong pinapaubaya sa akin 'yung personal life ko. I have to be happy also," Dee said.