MANILA, Phillippines -- Erich Gonzales is intent on keeeping the identity of her new source of inspiration under wraps.
The Kapamilya actress appeared cautious in answering questions on his relationship with her non-showbiz flame, who she first admitted to be "dating" in March this year.
"Hindi naman ako nagde-deny, sinasabi ko naman sa mga past interviews ko na I'm dating a non-showbiz guy, over a year na, and na sa right age naman na ako," Gonzales told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of a recent press conference for her upcoming film "Suddenly It's Magic," which premieres on October 31.
The "Maria la del Barrio" star said she prefers to keep matters regarding her love life private out of respect to the man's family.
"He's non-showbiz pero naiintindihan niya 'yung work ko, and he's very supportive," said Gonzales, who will be paired with Thai superstar Mario Maurer in the upcoming romantic-comedy flick.
"'Yun lang po muna 'yung mase-share ko bilang respeto sa family niya, sa kanya, dahil hindi naman po sila sanay sa ganito," she added.
Quizzed on her supposed "preference" to be in a relationship with someone who is not from showbiz, Gonzales said her current flame just happened to come along.
"Mas okay, mas tahimik, and dumating na lang, it just happened," said Gonzales, who was formerly linked to her "love team" partner, actor Enchong Dee.
Prodded to share more details on the boy's identity, she said: "Basta, I'm very happy and he's very special to me, 'yun nalang po muna mase-share ko."