Maris Racal joined the “Magandang Buhay” Momshies to talk about food, music, and love on Thursday, August 12.
When asked to share a piece of advice to those starting a relationship in the midst of a pandemic, the “Pinoy Big Brother” alum, who’s now dating Rico Blanco, confessed that she wouldn’t know what to say, because hers started pre-COVID.
“Hindi ko po alam, kasi before pandemic po nag-start. Medyo mahirap mag-maintain ng relationship sa panahon ng pandemic. Pero hindi ko po alam sa nag-start ng relationship sa pandemic,” she said and it seems like their relationship couldn’t have begun any better.
They started out as collaborators, bonding over music, and along the way, realized how much they have in common.
“I guess before, I would say music, kasi dun kami start nag-click talaga, nag-work together. But right now, siguro malaking percentage siguro yung pareho kaming values sa life, pareho kami na may malaking family and very close together,” she shared.
Maris, 23, admitted that she and the former Rivermaya frontman, 48, had a lot of conversations before they went public with their relationship as she was anxious how everyone else would think of it.
“Lagi po naming pinag-uusapan. Pero every time na ganoon po yung topic, natatakot talaga ako, napi-pressure ako. Kasi natatakot ako sa kung ano ang iisipin ng mga tao.” She continued, “Kasi, strange kasi yung ano namin, relationship namin, because of the age gap. It's like the big elephant in the room, so natatakot akong iano ng mga tao.”
But when they finally let the world know, Maris was surprised at how they reacted. “I’m really, really surprised sa reaction nila. Hindi ko in-expect na matutuwa pala sila.”
On the show, Maris also revealed that she calls Rico “Babs” and that even though it has never been his style, he makes an effort to show her affection by giving her flowers.
“Simple lang naman kasi si Rico na boyfriend. Parang hindi naman siya yung tipong, like, araw-araw na nagbibigay ng bulaklak,” she said.
Then she added, “Pero siguro, every time na nagbibigay siya ng flowers, kinikilig ako. Kasi hindi siya ganoon, simple lang siya. So, every time na may ibibigay siya, parang kinikilig ako.”
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