Without so much as a glance at his onscreen partner, he calmed rumors that he and Kathryn Bernardo became a couple while filming their upcoming movie in Barcelona last month.
"May hinihintay pa kami na something kaya hindi pa malagyan ng label," he told ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano when asked to clarify his relationship with Bernardo. "Maaga pa sa ngayon. May mga gagawin pa kami and may tamang moments para doon."
Back in June 23, the two were photographed cuddling and holding hands while strolling around the cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia region, sending their devoted fans, who have been calling for them to take their friendship to another level, into a frenzy.
Speaking with Lozano, Padilla promised to tell their fans should he and Bernardo decide to become a couple.
"Magiging special siya," he teased. "Para na rin sa mga supporters namin, parang buong buhay eh hinihintay nila iyon, hindi naman natin sila puwedeng pabayaan."
For her part, Bernardo, with the same confidence as Padilla, said that she and her "Pangako Sa 'Yo" co-star share a "special understanding" when it comes to their relationship.
"It depends kung anong understanding ninyo," Bernardo said when asked about the importance of labels. "Kami kasi hindi na namin siya pinaguusapan dahil parang nagkakaintindihan na kami. But then, may hinihintay pa nga siguro kami."
The two arrived back home last July 1 after filming for nearly a month in Barcelona for the upcoming Star Cinema movie.
The still-untitled project is directed by award-winning filmmaker Olivia Lamasan, best known for classic dramas like "Milan" and "Madrasta." The script was written by Carmi Raymundo, the screenwriter behind the smash hit "A Second Chance."
Bernardo and Padilla shared that the plot will revolve around the love story between two millennials who meet in Spain, and that the film is their "most mature" project to date.