Karylle (MNS photo)

Dingdong Dantes (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Singer-host Karylle clarified reports that she and former boyfriend Dingdong Dantes snubbed each other a recent press event.

While they are not necessarily close anymore, Karylle said she and the “One More Try” star are civil.

“Actually I had a feeling he (Dantes) would be there, and I saw him inside,” Karylle said, referring to a recent press event. “Sumilip siya because I think he was waiting in one of the rooms, so when I saw him nag-hi lang kami from afar, so ‘yun.”

Karylle admitted that they haven’t had chance to talk at length, citing the public nature of their occasional meetings.

“Siyempre medyo mahirap makipag-usap or kwentuhan sa ganoong lugar, but pag ibang event or maybe a private event, okay na ‘yun,” she said.

“Maraming beses naman na kami… It’s a small world, we really cross paths. Sa Bench (fashion show), nagkita kami. Palagi kami from afar, and I guess for now that’s more than enough, as long as it’s a genuine smile and greeting,” she said.

The 31-year-old singer maintained that her relationship with Dantes has long been a closed chapter in her life.

After three years of being a couple, Dantes and Karylle broke up in September 2008, amid rumors linking the actor to his new leading lady at the time, actress Marian Rivera.

The “It’s Showtime” host is now reported to be in a relationship with singer Yael Yuzon, while Dantes and Rivera have been officially a couple for years now.

“Okay naman na lahat eh,” Karylle said. “Nakapag-usap narin kami long after that (break-up). Siyempre hindi niyo na rin alam ‘yon, syempre hindi naman kailangan may camera doon pag nagkwentuhan kami. Matagal na matagal na ‘yun.”

At the sidelines of the press party leading up to the live broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards by local cable channel Velvet on February 25, the Kapamilya star was also asked whether she is willing to have a project with Dantes.

“I don’t think there’s an offer. Mahirap naman mag what-if, hindi naman ako producer. I think more than anything, kung anuman ‘yung kwento, doon nalang natin malalaman talaga,” she said.

In jest, she added, “Kailangan pang-Oscars. Wala pang Best Foreign Film na galing Philippines. Kung worthy noon (Oscars), e ‘di why not?” (MNS)