"We're just really good friends!"
This is how former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Richard Juan described his relationship with Miss Universe Thailand 2016 Chalita Suansane.
The Mercator model talked about their rumored relationship in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, held at Samsung Infinity Hub, Bonifacio Global City, last Thursday, April 27.
Dating rumors between Richard and Chalita began to swirl after they were spotted during the Chinese-Filipino model's visit to Bangkok, Thailand, last February.
Richard met Chalita at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant last January.
The 24-year-old model-actor was among the Mercator models who escorted the girls during their short stay in the Philippines.
From then on, Richard and Chalita have kept in touch with each other.
"We're really close, we're really good friends na parang we talk once in a while, ganun. So we got to know each other," he said.
Last April, Richard went on another trip with Chalita. This time, they visited Seoul, South Korea.
He recalled, "We met around together, we went to Music Bank together.
"We met different people together and, yeah, it was nice hanging out with her."
Music Bank is a weekly music program in South Korea featuring K-pop idols.
Richard and Chalita also had a mini-reunion with Miss Universe Korea 2016 Jenny Kim during their stay in South Korea.
Richard told PEP.ph, "Miss Korea rin kasama namin, siyempre nasa Korea na kami.
"We messaged Miss Korea and we told her, like, 'Miss Korea, are you still here in Korea?'
"It's funny 'cause on the day that I arrived, two days later, aalis na siya papuntang US.
"Buti naabutan ko pa siya and everything, so he hanged out. We met on the third day."