Heart Evangelista remembers the moment she felt her relationship had deepened with her stepchildren, Quino and Chesi.
Quino and Chesi are the kids of Heart's husband Chiz Escudero with his first wife, Christine Elizabeth Flores.
Heart entered the twins' lives when they were four years old. That was in 2012 when the GMA-7 actress had begun dating Chiz.
She spent years building a friendship with them, and felt a shift in their bond when, in 2018, she became pregnant for the first time.
Heart recalled during a late-afternoon Zoom session with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and Summit Media websites on October 19, 2020: "I don't know why... It’s like, you know how when a dog emits a scent? Maybe I was giving out this scent that they kinda loved me more when I was pregnant.
"And I really loved them more.
"I think it was the motherly instinct also, so we were really able to bond during that time. Like, we really became close that time."
The three of them became so close that when Heart experienced a miscarriage later that year, Quino and Chesi grieved with her.
Chesi, in particular, was crushed by the news.
Heart continued, "I didn't expect that when Chiz told them about what happened, I didn't expect that Chesi would cry.
"She really cried and I did not expect. She has a strong [personality]. I didn't expect that from her.
"So, I was very touched and moved that she really loved me and she really loved the baby that was supposed to be her sister or her brother.
"And after that bond, we really loved each other after that."
Heart was expecting twins when she got pregnant in 2018.
Sadly, she lost one of the twins early on. A few weeks later, the other twin, whom she named Mira, didn't also make it.
Heart took her time to grieve, and made the conscious decision to keep that part of her life private moving forward.
Should she be blessed with another baby in the future, the Kapuso artist expressed that she would keep that journey to herself.
She said during the Zoom session: "If I do have a baby in the future, I'm not sure if I'm gonna be the type to post everything because—I don't know.
"Maybe because it's taken me a while to have a baby, I'd be so protective.
"Maybe I wouldn't post so much at that time when happens."
Heart and Chiz got married in 2015.