Grace Lee 'happy' being 'friends' with PNoy

Posted at 05/25/2012 9:23 PM | Updated as of 05/25/2012 9:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Korean TV personality Grace Lee said she is happy with the current state of her relationship President Aquino.

Lee, who is rumored to have stopped dating the president, on Wednesday said she hopes to stay friends with the country's bachelor-leader.

"I haven't really given it much thought yet," Lee said, when asked how she feels about the relationship.

"I'm very, very happy," she told ABS-CBN News when asked about being friends with Aquino. "Yes [we're friends], hopefully [it will stay that way]."

Lee said she continues to appreciate Aquino for being a gentleman and being protective of her whenever he is made to comment on his personal life.

"You know, from the very beginning until very recently, every comment he's made about his private life is [about] me," Lee said.

"He's always been a gentleman, so I really appreciate na he always tries to protect me. So I think it really shows the kind of man that he is, the way he has been, how he has stepped out of his comfort zone to talk about his private life, for me," Lee said.

Aquino recently commented on the status of his relationship with Lee following reports that they have stopped "seeing each other."

His short answer: "We're friends."