And he doesn't mean singing (gerund)

Hello, everyone!

I was wondering if you can use a gerund after the expression referirse en Spanish in the following context.

A woman is talking to a friend (who is a professional singer) and she says:

My boyfriend says you've been busy. And he doesn't mean singing...

Is this correct: Mi novio dice que has estado ocupada. Y no se refiere a cantando...

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance :D

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It's weird. You can say:

No se refiere al canto.

No se refiere a que cantes.

No se refiere a que estés cantando.


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Español Argentina (tierra adentro)
Yes, though your phrase would be understood and aceptable, most native speakers would surely say the final part a bit different: Y no se refiere a que estuvieras cantando/ no se refiere al canto.
Or even any of the others phrases that Chamyto suggested