Chiz denies romance with Heart Evangelista

Posted at 05/22/2012 10:53 AM | Updated as of 05/22/2012 10:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero denied rumors linking him to actress Heart Evangelista.

“Di po totoo," Escudero told entertainment columnist  Ricky Lo, weeks after the actress initiated the breakup with Brazilian boyfriend Daniel Matsunaga.

He also clarified his present status after declaring in his 2011 SALN that he is "separated" to his wife, Christine Elizabeth “Tintin” Flores.

Asked if he is single now, he said: "Not by law."

For the first time, Evangelista also spoke about the separation and denied the issue linking her to the senator.

The actress stressed that "cultural differences” caused the breakup and not a third party.

She also denied that Matsunaga was receiving "death threats" and that her parents are against their relationship.

“Not true,” said Heart. “I’m old enough to decide for myself, to know what I want and what I don’t want, what’s good for me and what’s not good for me.”

Evangelista neither denied nor confirmed report that she simply got fed up of taking care of Matsunaga, who's four years younger than her.

“Mabait talaga siya, no doubt about it,” said Heart. “I spent time with his family in Brazil at mababait silang lahat.”

Sources said, the Brazilian model-actor, looked up to Evangelista not just as a girlfriend but as an older sister.

"Daniel is somewhat demanding,” said the source. “He got irritated when Heart would be late in fetching him wherever he was. He needed to be taken care of instead of the other way around. Nagmumukhang yaya tuloy niya si Heart.”

In the interview, Evangelista admitted that she's now dating her co-star Sid Lucero.

“I’m dating pero hanggang d’un lang. I go out with Sid but only on friendly dates,” Evangelista said.

Until now, Evangelista believes that actor Jericho Rosales is her one true love.

“Talagang si Jericho. Iba talaga ang Pinoy magmahal at mahalin.”