MANILA - Actor Arjo Atayde was asked in a television interview aired Thursday if he is already in a relationship with actress Jane Oineza.
Last month, Oineza admitted that she is seeing the actor, who appears in the ABS-CBN primetime series "Ang Probinsyano".
Atayde made it clear, however, that Oineza is not his girlfriend.
"Hindi ko siya girlfriend," he said on the ABS-CBN show "Magandang Buhay". "Ever since she's my friend, since before. [She is] one of the few artists na nakilala ko and eventually got close, and I'm getting to know her. I will leave it at that."
Atayde admitted that it is quite hard for them to meet up lately, citing their respective busy schedules.
"Since may movie shoot siya and I have a teleserye, hindi kami maka-meet ng schedule kahit magyayaan. So for now, text lang kami. That's it for now," he explained.
When asked if he is planning to court Oineza, Atayde replied: "Kapag sinabing ligaw, it's such a big step if you don't know the person nang buong-buo. I don't want to jump into conclusions kasi baka masaktan ko rin siya, or masaktan niya ako. That's why we take it slow."
"People were commenting na parang, 'yun nga, nag-deny ako. I'm not denying anything at all. My point is, I have to get to know the person before I court her, so let's just leave it at that. Kaya nga sabi ko, I'm texting her, getting to know the person. But for now, we are both busy, hindi talaga magkatugma ng schedule. We try going out, but it's just the schedule itself, so might as well work muna for now and just keep in touch."