Amanda Seyfried’s Man Ryan Phillippe: “I’m Dating”

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Confessions of Ryan Phillippe . . . well, sorta.

The Lincoln Lawyer actor, 36, hasn't said much about his on-again romance with Amanda Seyfried.

Still, during a Friday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Phillippe opened up — just a teensy bit — about his love life these days.

"I'm dating," admitted the hunk. "Not nearly as voracious as the magazines like to make out, [but] I am dating."

Phillippe (who has also hooked up with Rihanna in recent months, an insider told Us) didn't mention his Red Riding Hood love by name, but offered up what kind of women he fancies.

"Sense of humor. I like a strong woman," said the actor, who has two kids with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. "I like individuality. I like a woman who's self-possessed. Who knows who she is. Who knows what she wants."

Seyfried, 25, was similarly coy with Elle mag about Phillippe. "I've been 'seen' with him," she said in the interview.

Another lady interested in Phillippe's romantic life? His mom! Recovering from recent surgery, the star's mother "spends all day in front of the computer" and gets "really, really upset" by "negative" news about her little boy.

Plus, she noticed her son referred to as a "D.I.L.F." in online comments, and quickly discerned the acronym's meaning. "She's like, 'Yes, it means they want to have sex with him,'"

Added Phillippe, laughing: "I think she's embraced D.I.L.F."

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