Mark Bautista now cautious over matters of the heart

Posted at 01/22/2009 12:58 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2009 4:00 PM

Singer-actor Mark Bautista said he is not in a hurry to find a new love.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Bautista said he is now cautious when it comes to pursuing a woman he likes, citing his experiences in the past.

Bautista was once romantically linked to singer Sarah Geronimo and former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Riza Santos.

"[Ayokong] masyadong pinu-push ang sarili ko para magkaroon ng ka-relasyon. Ayokong madaliin ang lahat," he said.

"Ang natutunan ko talaga, siguro, you really have to start as friends. 'Yong relationship niyo, bago kayo maging kayo, [dapat] mas strong ang friendship… kung didiretso lang parang wala lang," he added.

The balladeer, who just finished shooting his upcoming movie "Status: Single," said he has many close female friends in show business but he would rather not disclose their names for fear that their friendship might be misinterpreted.

The singer said when he became a Christian he also realized that the two people involved in the relationship should be “pure.”

“Hindi naman nire-restrict ang sarili mo na bawal magka-girlfriend pero may mga kailangan lang i-consider sa isang relationship. Kailangan maging pure kayo kasi maraming dapat i-consider  like ‘yong pre-marital sex,” he said.