James Reid says he is single

Glaiza Jarloc

JAMES Reid dismissed rumors linking him to showbiz newbie Debs Garcia.

The actor's denial came after photos of Reid and Garcia cozying up to each other in a party surfaced last month.

In an interview with the "On the Wings of Love" star on Monday, Reid said that they went out on friendly dates.

"No, no [dating]. Nothing. Friend ko lang siya," he said.

Reid added he is single and his priority is work.

"Being single you make sacrifices. The fans are expecting you... ang daming bawal. Ito yung buhay na pinasok namin, showbiz," he said.

(Video by Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)

Reid's on-screen partner, Nadine Lustre, believes Garcia and Reid are just friends.

"Kung meron naman e sasabihin niya sa akin. Open naman siya. Pero wala pa naman siyang sinasabi sa akin so there's nothing to worry about," she said.

Lustre also said she has no time for romance because of work.

"Hindi naman (sa bawal magpaligaw). Wala lang talagang time. Parang iisipin ko pa ba yun?" she said.

When Reid was asked what would be his reaction if someone courts his leading lady, his response was: "Good luck kasi alam ko na focus siya sa trabaho. And not just that, pati sa fans, good luck."

The popular love team also downplayed the possibility that their reel life romance will turn real.

"Hindi naman mahirap (na maging kami). Choice lang namin. We want to focus on our work and friends talaga kami. What we have is good and we don't want to spoil it," Reid said. (Sunnex)