When asked to reveal the secret of her three-year long relationship with Billy Crawford, Nikki Gil candidly said, "We keep it away from the limelight and the fact that we try to separate what we do from what really takes place in our relationship. We keep to ourselves, I think that's key to a lasting relationship in the business." 

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Nikki Gil stands out as the titular character in 9 Works Theatrical's Sweet Charity.

This Broadway musical was conceived and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse and is produced locally by director Robbie Guevarra and executive producer Santi Santamaria.

At the RCBC Plaza's Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium during a special screening in the first week of August, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to chat with the TV host-actress.

Nikki portrays Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess whose services are paid for by the hour, much like a taxi dancer, where everything done is metered.

The whole play is about Charity's (mis)adventures with love, hope and ultimately life, and as Nikki said, "it's something we all can relate to."

When asked if Nikki drew from real-life heartache for a pivotal scene in the play, she giggles and says, "This is tricky because I've only had one ex, so kapag may sinabi ako, alam na nila, kasi isa lang naman ex ko. So, no naman.

"I've seen and come across people like that, pero as for me, wala naman ganoon nangyari."

She says that she is lucky that she has not been swindled because of love or heartbroken the way her character Charity was.

Nikki's boyfriend, Billy Crawford, watched Sweet Charity along with her family members. The ABS-CBN actress reveals that he has been very supportive of her budding theater career.

When asked to reveal the secret of her three-year long relationship with Billy, Nikki candidly said, "We keep it away from the limelight and the fact that we try to separate what we do from what really takes place in our relationship. We keep to ourselves, I think that's key to a lasting relationship in the business."

Wise and practical words from a 23-year-old star who has definitely grown and matured in front of our very eyes.

So, do they still get to surprise each other?

Nikki shrieks excitedly, "It's been a while since... I can't remember.

"But our anniversary is coming up! I can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve.

"He's the more romantic one between the two of us. He's more ma-effort, he's the one taking charge of our relationship.