Ruffa Gutierrez (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 9 (Mabuhay) — Actress and beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez shared her belief that “a happy life is a private life” as she answered questions about her love life.

Gutierrez, who did not mention his name, described their relationship as platonic and that she considers him more as a mentor.

“To answer your question, walang ganap. Kasi kung saan-saan umiikot,” said Gutierrez, who hinted that he is busy “running” nationwide.

“I think ang masasabi ko now, platonic siya. Para siyang mentor ko. … Parang mentor lang ‘yung peg. Ako ‘yung estudyante slash experiment,” she added, saying they are both busy achieving their respective goals.

Gutierrez is currently being romantically linked to actor-politician Herbert Bautista, who is running for senator in the May elections.

Last December, Bautista celebrated Christmas with Gutierrez and her family.

On TikTok, the former beauty queen shared a clip showing some of her family members exchanging and opening Christmas gifts. Towards the end of the video, Bautista can be seen sitting next to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez and Bautista co-starred in ABS-CBN’s romantic-comedy series “The House Arrest of Us” with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

She has two daughters with her former husband, Yilmaz Bektas. Bautista also has children from a previous relationship.

Asked if her mother Annabelle Rama approves of her “special someone,” Gutierrez said: “Si Mommy, bet ito kasi ibang klase ito. Hindi ko alam, kunwari may sarili akong lakad, tatawag na lang si Mommy, ‘hulaan mo kung sino ang nandito, dalawang oras. Nakipag-chikahan sa amin, may dala-dalang pagkain.’ ‘Yung ganoon. Maybe it’s the Filipino way. Kasi medyo matagal-tagal na akong hindi nag-e-entertain ng mga Pinoy. Hello, the Filipino men. Nakalimutan ko ganyan pala very respectful, you know slow, steady.”

“Sabi ni Mommy, gusto niya, kasi walang pressure, hindi lumalabas. Gustong-gusto ni Mommy kasi silang dalawa parang magkakampi na sa bahay lang ako nag-aaral,” she added. (MNS)

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