Kris Aquino clarified that her rendezvous with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista in Italy last January 2017 had been "wholesome."
The Queen of Talk was hard-pressed to explain their meeting amid rumors that they were booked in the same hotel.
She said, “I did see him when we were in Italy, pero very wholesome and prayerful, kasi sa Assisi kami nagkita.
“So, yung lumabas doon na item, no, we did not stay in the same hotel.
“Walang Roman Holiday na naganap kasi super-dasal naman ang ginawa namin.
"And hindi kami naka-dinner, nakapag-merienda lang kami.
"Yun lang naman, that’s it, but yung rest of it, we remain friends.”
Roman Holiday is the title of the 1953 Hollywood romantic movie starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
At the press conference of her latest endorsement, Ultherapy beauty treatment, this Wednesday, March 8, Kris related how she happened to be in the same place in Italy with Mayor Herbert.
For one, Italy was her dream destination, “It was my dream.
"Kasi nung nasa Boston [USA], yung school na pinag-aralan ko, Mount Alvernia Academy, Franciscan nuns, mga sisters."
And she was there last January for a pilgrimage, "So we went where St. Francis was buried, we went to St. Clare, and we went to seven other churches."
The mayor was there too "for the naudlot na peace talks and that Sunday, they had a free day,” Kris said, referring to the day they met up.
Kris and Herbert were romantically linked in 2014.
The TV host-actress revealed they had a short-lived love affair, and had an on-and-off "relationship."
Though they went their separate ways, Kris said that they remain friends.
Just recently, according to her, Herbert made a nice gesture when he learned she had a minor accident.
This Monday, March 6, while taping for a program, a metal fence fell on Kris’s left foot.
“He was very kind. Nung Monday, dahil nalaman niya na naaksidente ako, nagpadala siya ng lechon.
"How very pulitiko!” she said laughing.
"Kung malungkot ako o not feeling well, nagle-lechon ako. Naha-happy ako."