Less than a month before they mark their eighth year as a couple, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla gave us a glimpse of what their relationship is really like behind the camera.
During their “Magandang Buhay” interview today, April 29, the reel-to-real life couple revealed how they learned to grow individually and together and how they eventually took their relationship to the “next level.”
“Siyempre noong bago [pa] kami, umpugan kami nang umpugan, eh. Parang pataasan kaming dalawa ganoon,” Daniel recalled. “So through the years, natutunan na namin ang pagkakaunawaan, kung paano siya aayusin, kung paano siya hina-handle ng mas kalmado. Ngayon mas kalmado mo ng ite-take 'yung problema at mas maaayos na agad.”
“I think respeto ang pinakamaganda sa isang relationship talaga, eh,” he pressed.
Daniel says Kathryn helped him become a better man, and a better person.
“Natutunan ko lang din 'yan kay Kathryn - how to level up your relationship. Hindi siya pwedeng plateau, eh. Hindi siya pwedeng kung ano ang nakasanayan paulit-ulit gagawin. Kasi both parties mabo-bore eh. Kailangan mong magbigay ng effort every time. Ganoon si Kathryn sa'kin,” he proudly said.
In return, Kathryn says she's lucky to have Daniel in her life.
"Sobrang swerte ko kay DJ," she said. "I couldn't ask for a better partner kasi kung paano siya... kung na-witness niyo kung paano siya na boyfriend. Kaya sinasabi ng iba meron pa bang ibang Daniel, kasi 'yun ang dapat tularan ng mga lalaki. 'Yung sinet niya na standard, nandoon 'yung respeto, 'yung pagmamahal; nandoon 'yung loyalty, nandoon 'yung suporta. He's the best. I swear he's the best."
Towards the end of the interview, the two exchanged sweet messages for each other.
Kathryn said, “Sorry kasi wala ako noong birthday celebration niya but thank you. Thank you sa lahat ng experience and memories together. Mage-eight years na tayo next month [and] kagaya ng sinabi ko kanina, 'yung saya ko and 'yung excitement ganoon pa rin, hindi nagbabago.”
“Thank you kasi hindi ka nagsasawa sa'kin, [lalo] ‘yung patience [mo sa’kin]. Thank you kasi palagi mong pinipili na ayusin lahat at hindi ako iwan; hindi natin iniiwan ang isa’t isa depsite everything. Ang dami pa natin gustong gawin together, so asahan mo na nandito ako palagi para i-support ang gusto mong gawin at plano pa natin together.”
“Mapa-promise ko na parati kong pipiliin ayusin lahat at intindihin ka at intindihin mo rin ako. Parati kong susubukan na maging understanding for you. So I'm just here, always here for you,” Kathryn enthused.
For Daniel’s part, he called Kathryn "heaven-sent."
“I'm just very happy na siyempre, umabot sa ganito katagal. I’m just very proud of ourselves na 8 years na tayo ngayon. I'm just very thankful kasi ang dami lang ni Kathryn na in-improve sa akin, sa sarili ko and ulitin ko, ginawa niya akong mas mabuting tao. And excited ako sa mga taong darating pa sa atin, Bal. Mahaba-haba pa ang adventure nating dalawa and lagi kong pipiliin na makasama ka,” he said.
Kathryn and Daniel have been together since 2012. They worked together on a number of blockbuster projects together, including "She's Dating The Gangster," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "The Hows of Us."
They are set to reunite on the big screen in the upcoming Cathy Garcia-Molina romance "After Forever."
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