Rafael Rosell chooses to be celibate, for now

Rafael Rosell says that it is "very, very hard" for him to stay celibate but he believes that the effort will be worth it.


Rafael Rosell is currently on a "journey of life and self-discovery."

He told PEP.ph in an interview last Sunday, May 1, that he is deliberately choosing to be single for now.

The actor is cast as the younger brother of Dominic Ochoa in ABS-CBN’s upcoming inspirational TV show, 100 Days to Heaven.

"I made a promise na for one year, si God lang ang ipu-pursue ko at wala munang girlfriend or kung ano ang puwedeng gawin sa isang babae," he said.

Does this mean that he is celibate for now?

"Yeah, one year of celibacy. Six months pa lang ako at ang hirap, pero kaya."

What has this experience taught him?

"I just learned to love life more," Rafael answered.

"Na-enjoy ko ang mga maliliit na bagay na hindi ko nakikita dahil nasa relationship ako.

"May tendency kasi ako na mag-absorb ng personality ng kasama ko.

"So, for the past eleven years, since lagi akong nasa relationship, naa-absorb ko ang traits at personality ng girlfriend ko.

"Since one year akong steady lang sa sarili ko, at wala munang lovelife, mahahanap ko rin kung sino ang totoong ako.

"Ang na-experience ko for the past six months—na-realize ko kung ano ang choices ko, ano ang standards ko."

How hard is it for him to be celibate?

"Very, very hard," he admits.

"But I think it will be worth it. Mahahanap ko rin ang sarili ko, at kung mahahanap ko na ang sarili ko, wala nang insecurities at petty fights na usually nangyayari sa relationships.

"Nire-ready ko ang sarili ko for the future, not just in my personal life but also para rin sa kung sinong magiging partner ko sa buhay.

What inspired him make this move?

"Surfing," he revealed. "Surfing at nanay ko.

"Sinabi kasi niya na lagi akong nasa relationship. So, sabi niya, ’[I should] take a year off. Hanapin mo muna ang sarili mo at appreciate mo muna ang buhay.’


"Pag nasa relationship ka kasi, may tendency na maraming drama at ang pera mo laging ginagastos sa girlfriend.

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"Pag nasa set ako, nagmamadali ako umuwi kasi may girlfriend ako. Ngayon, lahat ng kinikita ko, para sa sarili ko, pati sa pamilya ko.

"Pag nasa set ako, kahit last ako, hindi ako nagrereklamo. Kumbaga, ang laki ng pasensiya ko pagdating sa taping."


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