How Eva Mendes Confronted Ryan Gosling About Relationship

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes hold hands after grabbing lunch in New York City on May 10, 2012. Credit: FameFlynet Pictures

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are most decidedly still on -- but he's not ready to play house just yet.

Last month, breakup rumors swirled about the couple of seven-plus months, but Gosling, 31, and Mendes, 38, squashed the talk with a hand-holding coffee run near Gosling's East Village NYC pad May 10.

Still, things got complicated for the twosome in late April, when Gosling grew distant. But Mendes confronted him, a pal tells Us Weekly. "He says he wants to slow down and not live with her yet," the insider says. "But he doesn't want to lose her."

Us broke news of a romance between the The Place Beyond the Pines costars back in September 2011, when they were photographed on an adorable, PDA-packed visit to Disneyland.

The fun continued through this spring, when Mendes tagged along with Gosling to Thailand, where he shot Only God Forgives -- and she cooked up a storm for her man.

"This was a girl who once couldn't make pasta!" marvels the pal.

Tell Us: Do you think their romance could go the distance?