Jake Cuenca does not want to confirm nor deny reports that he and rumored girlfriend Melissa Ricks have broken up. According to the 22-year-old Kapamilya actor, he and Melissa are just "friends," so "breakup" is not really applicable.
"Kahit kailan di naman namin sinabing naging kami, at wala rin naman kaming sinabing naghiwalay kami. So, ang sa amin, basta magkaibigan kami, masaya kami, and ako napakasuwerte ko na kaibigan ko siya," Jake told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media last night, June 30, in a brief interview during the victory party for President Noynoy Aquino held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
"Never naman nawala [ang samahan namin]," Jake added.
He said there is no problem if he and Melissa are seen going out together. The two were reportedly seen having a meal together at Chili's Bar and Grill in Greenbelt 5, Makati City, last Sunday, June 27.
Asked to confirm the report, Jake just answered, "Magkaibigan naman kami, so wala namang problema doon, di ba? Nagkikita naman kami talaga, nagkikita kami kasi magkaibigan kami."
MELISSA AND JOLO. Jake also did not confirm or deny if he was the reason why Melissa reportedly asked fellow Kapamilya actor Jolo Revilla to stop courting her.
"Wala po akong alam doon," Jake replied. "Sa akin naman, basta importante sa akin, mahalaga sa akin, kinakausap ako ni Melissa. Isa siya sa mga rason kung bakit ako masaya, sobrang espesyal siya sa akin."
Does he feel jealous that Melissa and Jolo will be launched as a new love team for the upcoming ABS-CBN soap Noah?
Without pause, Jake replied, "Siyempre may kurot. Pero wala naman akong karapatang magselos. I wish them the best, kasi mag-partner sila sa Noah, so sana maging successful yung show nila. Sana mas maraming proyekto ang makuha nila as a love team."
FAMILY AFFAIR. Shifting gears, Jake told reporters that Melissa and his family have already met.
"Oo, nakilala na nila. Kasi siyempre taga-Greenhills lang si Melissa, tapos madalas lang ang pamilya ko doon," he said.
He added that his family even approves of Melissa as the ideal girl for him. "Oo, sobra. Actually ang pamilya ko boto dahil sobrang bait [ni Melissa]."
And how does Melissa feel?
"Touched naman siya," Jake said.