Now it can be told, actor Coco Martin and Filipino German actress Julia Montes are in a relationship.
The couple made the confirmation after years of speculation, ABS-CBN said in a report.
After more than a decade of avoiding to be cornered about the status of their relationship, Coco, in an unguarded moment, let it slip that he and Julia have been together for “12 years.”
The unexpected admission happened during a TV Patrol interview on the sidelines of a media launch of a historic Kapamilya-Kapuso joint teleserye.
The couple explained in the report their preference to keep their personal life private, in the process confirming their long-rumored romance, in an interview with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe.
Coco, 41, who is Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno in real life, and Julia were asked about their “date” during the special screening of the series “Unbreak My Heart,” which is co-produced by the same unit that produces the actor’s ongoing “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo.”
“Hindi naman na kami mga bata. Kung ano siguro ‘yung nakikita, iniisip ng mga tao, iyon na ‘yun. Masarap kasi na pribado ‘yung buhay. Tahimik. Walang mga isyu. Ito, masaya kami,” Martin said.
Montes cited their faith as an important part of their relationship.
“Kung ano po ‘yung posisyon namin, or narating namin ngayon, blessed kami. And never kasing nawala sa center si God so parang lahat ng nangyayaring good stuff, si God ang gumawa noon,” she said.
Coco, then 30, and Julia, then 17, were first paired onscreen in the 2012 teleserye “Walang Hanggan,” and went on to co-star in several other projects.
After Walang Hanggan, Coco and Julia both starred in the 2013 movie A Moment in Time and in the 2014 Kapamilya prime-time series Ikaw Lamang.
Their most recent is “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” which concluded in August 2022 and several years as a top ABS-CBN show.
“Pareho pa rin gaya ng dati, nilu-look forward namin kapag may project ang isa’t isa, then kapag may pagkakataon, ito, nakakalabas kami, pero nami-maintain namin ‘yung privacy sa buhay namin,” Martin said. (Jennifer True Santos)