MANILA, Philippines - Containing his feelings for Jessy Mendiola is hard to do but Matteo Guidicelli insists on taking it one day at a time with his leading lady, dismissing the possibility of romance between them anytime soon.
"Kami ni Jessy, sobrang close kaming dalawa. If there's friendship, we are a little above that," the "Paraiso" actor revealed in his live interview on "The Buzz," Sunday.
"But not yet lovers?" host Boy Abunda asked Matteo, to which he agreed.
Matteo also addressed the issue of a photo that shows Jessy hugging him from behind.
The photo, posted by Twitter user @TG_Cebu on Feb. 2, shows a woman, who is said to be Jessy, giving Matteo a sort of bear hug. The caption read: "Matteo at Jessy kaninang umaga stolen shot whats the meaning of diz ♥."
And? "Yes, it is Jessy, no other than Jessy Mendiola," Matteo admitted.
In a separate interview, Jessy spoke of the rumored romance.
"Agad-agad kami na? Hindi ba pwedeng ligawan muna?
"Si Matteo kasi- ewan ko, siguro antay-antay muna kami."
The Kapamilya actress revealed that Matteo has been singing what could be deemed as songs that are pregnant with meaning.
"Minsan kinakantahan niya ako. Pupuntahan niya ako sa set, lalapitan niya ako, 'Alam mo, I have a song for you.' Ako naman parang, 'What's your song?' 'Take it slow-' Tapos maya-maya kakanta, 'I have a song for you.' Tapos maya-maya …