Recent rumors were placing Eva Longoria in a flirtatious relationship with L.A. Lakers player Matt Barnes, yet the actress dismissed the possibility of them dating.
The rumor started on Sunday, when New York Post wrote on Page Six that Longoria and Barnes seemed to have engaged on a romantic venture. The two were spotted having dinner in NYC last Thursday in a romantic atmosphere and flirty mood. Despite being accompanied by friends during the dinner at Il Mulino in Greenwich Village, the two were reported to have a spark going on. And even though the article included the pair’s official claim of being only friends, Eva was displeased with the speculation.
She wrote on her WhoSay page that just as they did in Jessica Simpson’s alleged pregnancy case, the press “gets it wrong, Matt Barnes and I are not dating!” According to the 36-year-old actress, the two were brought together by a charity event they are working on for PADRES and Athletes vs. Cancer.
Currently, Longoria is dating Penelope Cruz’ brother, singer Eduardo Cruz. The couple made their relationship public during February 2011, when they were spotted spending the weekend together on a yacht in Miami.
Longoria divorced her former husband Tony Parker at the end of 2010. Barnes and his ex-girlfriend broke-up only days before the dinner with Eva took place.
Eva is deeply involved in charity work meant to help the Latin community around the world. She contributed to events aiming to gather funds for college scholarships and helped the Katrina victims, as well as she donated a paycheck for an episode of Desperate Housewives to The Big Give, latest Oprah show.
For her efforts concerning the empowerment of the Hispanic community, Longoria received several awards, such as: “Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award” from the Hispanic Women’s Corporation, the 2006 NHLI Mujer/Chair Award from the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the “Corazones Unidos Award” from The Larry King Cardiac Foundation, the “Hope of Los Angeles Award” from the LA mayor.
Eva’s affiliation with Padres Contra el Cancer (Parents Against Cancer) began in 2003, when she volunteered to visit children who suffer from cancer. Currently the nonprofit organization aims to improve the life of Hispanic children and their families in their struggle against cancer. The program offers educational, financial and language support for these families. Longoria became the official spokesperson for PADRES in 2005 concluding her efforts in raising over $4 million for the cause.