Garie Concepcion made it clear that she has no issues with her boyfriend Michael Pangilinan's past.
In a story by PEP last Monday, February 12, Garie has spoken on their love story, her reaction to his sex scandal, and how okay she is with Michael having a son from a previous relationship.
The "La Luna Sangre" actress shared that she met Michael through entertainment columnist Jobert Sucaldito while she was on a vacation in the Philippines. Jobert is Michael's manager, and it happened that Jobert invited Garie to be a guest in one of Michael's gigs.
"Dapat po paalis po ako nun [for the States]. Nakiusap lang po sila Nanay Jobert, pinagbigyan ko naman si Nanay. So... nag-meet po kami nung rehearsals, tapos nag-show na po kami. And then, umalis na po ako nun for the States. Pero we got to know each other, and then nagkasundo lang po kami talaga. Nung pagbalik ko dito, saka lang po kami naging official," she said.
In 2016, Michael was involved in a sex video scandal. Michael admitted to the press that it was truly him in the video and it happened when he was still a minor.
How did Garie feel when that issue blew up?
She answered, "Napag-usapan na po namin 'yun. Wala na po akong magagawa doon, eh. It happened before na naging kami and it’s already there. I believed he learned from what happened. 'Pag nangyari 'yun na we're together, bahala na siya sa buhay niya, 'di ba?"
Garie added that whatever dirt Michael might still have from the past won't matter, but if he would do something to damage their relationship in the present, she will not tolerate it.
"Past na po niya 'yun, eh. Basta wala siyang gawing kalokohan while we are together, then we’re okay. Ako po kasi, ayoko ng cheating. If you cheat on me, kahit mahal kita, bahala ka sa buhay mo," she said.
Michael has a two-year-old son from his previous relationship with Erin Ocampo.
Garie, having step-sisters from her father Gabby Concepcion, is not new to that kind of family set-up.
"Ako naman, very open na tayo sa ganyan. Like I said... the son came in... Kami na nun, eh. He was open about it right from the start. It’s the same with me, eh. I have a stepfather also. Tinanggap ako ng stepfather ko, minahal ako ng stepfather ko na parang totoo niyang anak. Parang naging normal na sa akin 'yung gano'ng sitwasyon."
But Garie admitted that she has never met Michael's son yet. "Hindi pa po kami dumadating sa ano... Siyempre, I respect the mother of the child."
Garie and Michael are almost two years into their relationship. Michael joined the show "Your Face Sounds Familiar" in 2015.