Startalk firstgave the news about Paolo Contis and EB Babes member Lian Paz's "relationship."And though the two looked like more than friends, Paolo said that heand Lian are friends and that he isn't in a hurry to enter another relationship.
"Lalabas at lalabas naman din ‘yan, e, pag meron na. So,hindi ko minamadali. Parang timing lang ‘yan," said Paolo.
In the wake of their closeness are rumors and bad comments.One column stated that Paolo felt sorry for Lian due to the negative commentsthat she gets.
Another column item said that Paolo supposedly got aletter from Lian's mom saying that she was thankful to him for coming into thelife of Lian and that she trusted him. Meanwhile, rumors spread that Paolo andLian were already seeing each other even before.
Yesterday, January 10, Paolo and Lian appeared live on Startalk in front of hosts Joey de Leon,Butch Francisco, Ricky Lo, and Lolit Solis to finally give light on the truestatus of their relationship. Not wasting time, Startalk co-host Joey de Leon asked, "Kayo na ba talaga?"
"Hindi namin masasabi na kami, but we're getting there. We're on the way. We're formally dating," Paolo said.
After the negative comments on Lian popped up, did she feelbad in any way? How did this news reach her?
"Ang bilis ko daw nakapag-move on," Lian said. "Ang bilis kodaw magpalit ng boyfriend. Hindi daw kami bagay, mga ganoon. Ang sa akin lang,naaapektuhan ako. Pero more than me, naaapektuhan ang pamilya ko."
Well, of course, Paolo is there to defend her, right?
"Oo," said Lian. "Masaya ako kasi nandiyan siya paraipagtanggol ako. Sa issue na yun, na madaling makapag move-on. Siguro kasisa mga na-experience ko, na hindi ibig sabihin na madali ka nakapag-move on, e,ganoon ka na klaseng babae. Everybody has the right to be happy. Hindi na dapatmagmukmok lang."
This time, it was Butch Francisco's turn to ask. He askedPaolo, "Totoo ba na sumulat sa iyo ang mommy ni Lian?"
"It was Christmas card ng mommy niya sa akin," Paoloconfirmed. "Yun nga, na-mention niya. Nag-thank you na inaalagan ko si Lian andnakikita naman nila totoo naman, e."
What does Lian feel about Paolo defending Lian againstnegative comments?
"Masarap pakinggan na for the first time may nagtanggol saakin na lalake," smiled Lian.
Lolit interjected, "Ibig sabihin, hindi ka pinagtanggol niMark Herras at Jeff Tan?"
Mark Herras and Jeff Tan, by the way, are Lian's formerboyfriends.
Laughing at Lolit's remark, Paolo joked, "Sa laki naman ngkatawan ko, e, mas kaya ko naman siyang ipagtanggol!"
How exactly did Paolo defend Lian? Did he confront those whowrote the comments?
"Minsan pag ini-interview siya, e, sinasagot niya yung mganasa write-ups. Ipinagtatanggol niya ako," Lian said.
Paolo followed, "Hangga't hindi naman sobrang below thebelt, e, puwede naman. Unfair lang for her. Wala silang karapatan manghusga ngtao. In the first place, yung mga kunyari concerned sa akin na, ‘O, wag ‘yan,wag ‘yan.' Wala naman kayong karapatan. Buhay ko ‘yan, e."
"Sino yun?" Lolit immediately asked.
"Basta," Paolo smiled. "Kilala n'yo na kung sino kayo. Walakayong kuwentang tao... Nai-in love lang ako lalo. Walang kuwenta ginagawa n'yo.‘Yan tuloy, nahuhulog ako lalo. Kasalanan n'yo din."
THE EX. Ricky Locommented that Paolo's ex-girlfriend Isabel Oli is being linked to abasketball player. What does he think about this?
"Kung totoo, good for her," said Paolo. "Gusto ko din namasaya rin siya, di ba?"
There was news that in one party gathering, Isabel was withthe basketball player and Paolo was with Lian. Did they cross paths?
"Muntik," Paolo said. "Muntik na. Hindi ko lang alam.Nagkasalisi lang kami. Tapos, siguro hindi pa panahon na magkita kita kami."
So if ever they all see each other, will they greet?
"Oo naman," Lian answered.
THE QUALITIES. Whatdoes Lian like in Paolo?
"Gusto ko siyempre yung sense of humor niya," Lian said."Lagi kasi niya akong pinapatawa, so walang kaming dull moments together.Tapos, yung pagiging protective niya sa akin. Pag kasama ko siya, feeling kosecured ako."
How about Paolo? Aside from beauty, what else does he see inLian?
Paolo began with, "Para sa akin, napaka-thoughtful niya atnapaka-sweet and caring..."
"'Yan din sabi mo kay Isabel, e!" Lolit interjected. Paolojust laughed.
"Iba siya mag-alaga. Iba," Paolo smiled. "
Valentine's is fast approaching. Will they formally announcetheir relationship?
Paolo smiled, "Kailangan pa ba?"
MESSAGE TO EACHOTHER. Paolo was first to give his message to Lian. "Thank you,dumating ka sa buhay ko. Pangako ko, poprotektahan kita kahit anong mangyari.Alam ko medyo mabilis ang mga pangyayari sa atin, at I'll do my best na parahindi naman mabilis matapos yun. Sorry, mahal kita, ano'ng magagawa ko?"
Lian: "Paolo, thank you dahil nandito ka para protektahan ako atnandiyan ka palagi pag kailangan ko ng someone. Masaya ako...na dumating ka sabuhay ko at thank you dahil pati family ko, e, you make them feel secure sa mganangyayari sa atin ngayon. Sana kung ano ka ngayon, tayo, ganoon pa din."