|Korean TV personality Grace Lee is surrounded by members of the press in an event organized by a cosmetics company. Photo by Ricky Bautista for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATED) VERA Files issued a statement on Monday hours after Korean television and radio personality Grace Lee cried foul over one of its reports, which quoted her as saying that she sees herself marrying President Benigno Aquino III.
Citing interviews conducted by the article's author, Ellen Tordesillas, via phone and text message, VERA Files acknowledged that it was Lee's co-anchor, DJ Suzy, who said that the relationship between the two was headed for the altar.
"The only points about your article I want to clarify is that I never uttered the words 'altar' or anything that might hint to desiring marriage," Lee told Tordesillas.
The 29-year-old Korean also denied saying "I'm praying for this" regarding her blossoming relationship with the President. "What I said is that I pray everything will go well," she said.
VERA Files said Tordesillas got the quotes in her story from Lee's radio show on February 8, Aquino's 52nd birthday.
"She was listening to the program at the time," VERA Files said.
Earlier today, Lee demanded an apology from Tordesillas over the report, which she called "an article of lies to sensationalize one's private life."
"I have never said anything remotely close to what her write up says I did. I believe the public deserves an apology from her," she said on Twitter.
"Furthermore, I would like to request Ms. Ellen Tordesillas to name the source who claims to have spoken to me regarding the PSG (Presidential Security Group) issue as this is not to be taken lightly," she added.
The article quoted Lee as saying in her radio program that she is "praying" that her dates with Aquino would lead to "the altar."
It also mentioned that Lee and the President "would talk animatedly for three to five hours."
Lee has already denied that she is asking for her own PSG detail, or that Aquino wants her to have one.
"I have never asked for PSG and no PSG has been offered to me by anyone," she said in an interview last week. "The President never offered me PSG and no one around him offered me any type of security. First of all, there's no reason to give me security."
Lee also reiterated that she is not using Aquino to be famous.
Aquino, 52, earlier admitted that he is seeing Lee, who has already been introduced to the President's family.
Lee has hinted that Aquino has a big chance of winning her heart, saying: "I think he's in the forefront. He's first in the line."