MANILA, Philippines – Singer-dancer Gabriel "Gab" Valenciano is not wooing newcomer Sam Pinto.
Both Valenciano and Pinto made this denial amid rumors of their budding romantic relationship. The 2 stars, however, said they have been good friends even before Pinto joined ABS-CBN's hit-reality show “Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Double Up.”
Gab said: "Sam Pinto is a very good friend of mine. I've known her even before PBB. Kaya for her and for me also, when I see her hindi artista ang tingin ko sa kanya. Friends talaga because at home kami with each other."
Pinto, who is being rumored to be dating “Wowowee” host Willie Revillame, also made the same denial.
Rumors about Pinto and Valenciano's romantic relationship surfaced after they were spotted together in Boracay during the special summer episode of “ASAP XV.”
The 2 even tweeted that they were together on the island. Gab also uploaded a photo of them together on his Twitter account.
In her separate interview with “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon,” Pinto explained how the issue started.
"It started sa Bora. Kasi nasa party kami ng friend niya. Then he grabbed my phone and nag-tweet siya na he was with me. So, the whole world na pero wala lang ‘yon. We were friends before pa," she said.
Gab, meanwhile, disclosed that it was not the first time that he and Pinto went out together. "We even went to Tagaytay before. Pero hindi lang kaming dalawa, barkada din. So, ‘yong bond namin ay malakas even before showbiz."
According to Valenciano, he has no intention of wooing Pinto.
"Well, you can never say na walang plano with anybody. Kagaya ng sinabi ko na, she is pretty. But as of now, I just got out of a relationship. I think I need to take a break, renew myself, get back what I lost, and maybe in the future it could be Sam or Rachelle again. I really don't know," Valenciano said.
Valenciano’s former girlfriend is singer Rachelle Ann Go.