Aiko Melendez (MNS photo)

Aiko Melendez (MNS photo)

Aiko Melendez reacted to reports that she is dating a younger man after several photos of them together made the rounds online.

The man in the photos has been identified as Michael Pate, a college varsity player in his early 20s.

Melendez said there is nothing romantic going on between them, adding that they are always with a group of friends.

It’s pangit naman na it would come from me. Probably siguro he has a crush on me. Ganun lang. Barkada namin nila Edwin Tan. We just hang out as a group,” she said.

In one of Pate’s Instagram posts, he captioned a photo of Melendez with the hashtag “true love.”

Asked if she has any idea why Pate made such a remark, Melendez said: “Probably kasi I’ve been single for the past five years. Anybody na matabi sa akin, [nali-link]. Ewan ko sa kanya bakit siya nag-post ng [true love daw ako]. Sinasabi lang niya na humahanga siya sa akin pero walang [panliligaw].”

Even if she said in the past that she still wants a happy ending when it comes to her love life, Melendez said Pate is “just too young.”

Meanwhile, the actress said she is taking back her statement last week that she wants to have another baby with her former husband, Jomari Yllana.

I take it back. Two nights ako, parang nagdasal ako na huwag na lang. I’m content na with two kids. I have a boy and a girl so parang okay na,” she said.

Melendez said she is fortunate to have Yllana as a friend despite their failed marriage.

“We are okay. Jom and I are best of friends. If we go further than that, it will complicate things. If we are more than friends, masisira lang whatever we have right now,” she said. (MNS)