MANILA, Philippines - Controversial football player Phil Younghusband has debunked rumors that he already has a girlfriend long before he proposed to date Angel Locsin on Valentine's Day. The supposed girlfriend is Denise Oca, a PR and events manager and daughter of actress Melissa Mendez.
Quick to douse the talk, the popular Team Azkal member categorically denied he's taken.
"Denise's a friends and nothing more," was Younghusband's outright denial on "Showbiz News Ngayon," March 7.
He said he has "nothing to hide" in the romantic department. "If I want to say something then I'd say it. I will go an extra length so people know what's going on inside."
Oca affirmed Younghusband's denial via an official statement that she sent to "SNN."
"The allegations on me and my said relationship with Phil are untrue. The photo that surfaced through the net was at a New Year's celebration with a bunch of friends. Phil and I are only friends and have been so even before he became famous in his football career. I wish him the best and continue to support him in his endeavors," the statement read.
A few days back, photos of Oca and Younghusband made it onto cyberspace, making people speculate that the latter took Locsin for a ride when he invited her to a date.
The much-awaited Locsin-Younghusband date was confirmed by the football player in a previous interview where he said he took the actress out to a firing range, as she requested. But he said there's nothing more to it than that. He denied they're already a couple.
"We're not formally dating", stressed the football player, saying he and Angel are "friends at the moment."
"She's an athletic person. She's very, very nice. She's a great girl. She's very polite, nice and I want to get to know her really."
After those two dates, Younghusband shared he and Angel manage to communicate despite their busy schedules.
"We communicate regularly but she's very busy. I'm focused with the Azkals. It's difficult for us to communicate but yeah, there is communication," he said.