We are not married. We are just good friends. We don't have an illegitimate child together.
For months, actors Aeril Zafrel and Wawa Zainal furiously fended off speculation of a secret marriage by repeating these statements.
But the truth came out on Friday. In a press conference held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, the pair apologised and revealed what the media and their fans had speculated about all along.
Aeril, 25, and Wawa, 22, had indeed tied the knot and are parents of a son who was born in August.
They had two solemnisation ceremonies - a traditional one on Feb 25 last year and another on Feb 4 this year to register their marriage.
They had the second ceremony to respect her parents' wishes after they found out that Wawa was pregnant. Wawa, whose real name is Nur Hawa Zainal Abidin, then gave birth to a son, whom they named Ahmad Fakhruddin Attar, on Aug 24.
According to news portal mStar, when asked why they lied, Aeril, whose real name is Suhairil Sunari, said: "I kept denying because I respected Wawa's wishes. "She was scared of getting into trouble with her management (Metrowealth International Group or MIG).
"We had plans to inform them after her contract ends in 2015, but the media found out. I feel like I'm in a war."
Aeril - who was previously signed to MIG - and Wawa first met in 2010 when they both starred in TV series Klik.
Romance blossomed between the pair, who also acted together in last year's action flick Budak Pailang and romantic movie 99 Kali Rindu.
But their relationship was forbidden by their management, according to Aeril.
Still, rumours were rife enough that they were forced to say they were just close friends.