VICE Ganda denied he and Calvin Abueva are a couple, saying he considers the Phoenix star as one of his closest friends.
Speaking for the first time about the issue in Tonight with Boy Abunda on ABS-CBN, Vice Ganda said he and Abueva are nothing more than friends, having developed a close relationship the last few months.
“Honestly, hindi ko po jowa si Calvin Abueva,” Vice Ganda told host Abunda. “Para sabihing jowa mo, boyfriend kita, jowa mo ako. Hindi kami ganun.”
"But he makes me so happy," Vice added.
Vice Ganda has recently been seen with Abueva on their social media accounts and has even watched two of Abueva’s games in the PBA with the Fuel Masters, fueling speculations about their relationship.
Vice Ganda admitted that Abueva holds a special place in his heart.
Asked what makes Abueva different from his other friends, Vice, who was previously linked to TNT guard Terrence Romeo, said he's happy that the 'Beast' isn't embarrassed to admit that they are friends as proven by his social media posts showing him spending time with the TV host and comedian.
“Sobra ko po siyang na-appreciate kasi sa dinami-dami ng naging kaibigan kong players, basketball players, sa professional man, sa PBA o sa UAAP, iilan lang doon ‘yung proud na [sabihin na], 'Malapit ako kay Vice.'
"Yung iba nga, hindi nila kayang i-post ang picture na gumimik kami. Magkakaibigan na nga lang kami. Nao-offend ako kapag iniisip ko na, ‘Bakit hindi nila masabing kaibigan nila ako?’ Si Calvin, he doesn’t care.
"Parang sinabi ko na sa kanya dati, kasi nag-Instagram Live siya, tapos sabi niya, umiiwas ako. 'Bakit, nahihiya ka?’ Sabi ko hindi. Gusto mo ba sa Instagram ko, mas marami [followers]? [Sabi niya] wala akong pakialam. Hindi siya nahihiya na makita ng tao na malapit kami sa isa’t isa dahil naniniwala siya na walang mali.”
When asked by Abunda who he wants to be with if he will end up in hell, Vice Ganda said it’s no less than the former PBA Rookie of the Year.
“If I will go to hell with him, I think hell is going to be fun,” said Vice Ganda.
When asked if the friendship could develop into something more serious, Vice Ganda said, “I seriously don’t know. I don’t want to think about it."
Does he wish the relationship to develop into something deeper? he was asked by Abunda.
“No, I just want to feel what I feel right now. I just want to experience this now and I’m happy that I’m experiencing it now and I’m happy that he is making me experience this now,” said Vice Ganda.
Vice Ganda said he hopes his fans will be happy for him.
“Kapag kinakausap ko nga yung audience ko tsaka ‘yung mga followers ko, feeling ko matatapos din naman ‘to. Hindi ko alam kung kailan. Ibigay niyo na sa akin. Ibigay niyo na sa akin kasi gusto ko maging masaya at nakukuha ko ‘yun sa pakikipagkaibigan ko sa kanya. At dahil sa kasiyahang nakukuha ko sa pakikipag-kaibigan ko sa kanya, mas humuhusay ako sa pagpapasaya ko sa inyo."
"Hindi naman ‘to makakabawas ng pera niyo kapag masaya kaming magkaibigan. Hindi naman ito makakapagtaas ng inflation, hindi naman ito makakapagpahirap sa buhay ng lahat. Ibigay niyo naman po sa akin,” he added.