“We’re going out for about eight months on December 1.”
Ito ang pagbubunyag ni Brian Poe Llamanzares, anak ni Senator Grace Poe, nang matanong ang binata kung gaano na sila katagal nagdi-date ni Myrtle Sarrosa, big winner ng Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4.
Inamin ni Myrtle sa November 2 episode ng The Buzz na nasa dating stage sila ni Brian.
Nang matanong si Brian kung ano ang estado ng kanilang relasyon, sagot niya, “I’m courting her.
“Naniniwala pa din ako sa slow and steady wins the race.
"It’s more about getting to know the person.
"Kasi ngayon, with dating, siyempre there are a lot of people who are in and out of relationships really fast. Ayoko ng ganun.”
Dagdag pa ni Brian, “I was raised in a conservative family.
“We’re taking it slow and I’m really getting to know her.”
Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Brian sa Dockers “Get Ready” Spring-Summer 2015 collection press preview, sa upper ground floor ng SM Megamall, kahapon, November 27.
MOM AND LOLA. Kinunan din ng reaksiyon si Brian kung ano ang masasabi niya na nagpaalam pa si Myrtle sa kanya at kay Senator Grace bago pumayag maging cover girl ng November 2014 issue ng FHM.
Saad ni Brian, “I appreciate the fact that she took the time to ask me and ask my mom if it’s okay.
“I told her that it’s good for her as long as she didn’t do anything graphic or too exposing.
“This is the opportunity for her to shed the kiddie-role shell that she’s been getting a lot, and really show that she’s mature.”
Inusisa rin ng PEP si Brian kung ano ang tingin ng kanyang ina kay Myrtle.
“My mom’s happy with her because she’s a smart girl and she’s very caring, she can carry herself well in a conversation.
“And the thing is, for my mom, of course she just wants me to be happy at the end of the day.
“But she also wants to make sure that the person that I’m seeing is a good person, a good influence in my life.
“And Myrtle has been nothing but a good influence in my life.”
Ayon pa kay Brian, maganda rin ang impresyon ng kanyang lola na si Susan Roces sa kanyang napupusuan.
“My lola naman will always remind me, ‘Always work hard, put your career first. Date now, but always think about the values that your future wife would have, et cetera.’
"So I keep that on the back of my head.
“My lola naman, she’s been nice to Myrtle.
“It’s all good, she’s good with the family,” paniniyak ni Brian.
DEFENDING MYRTLE. Nagpakatotoo rin si Brian sa pagsasabing masakit para sa kanya na may mga bumatikos kay Myrtle nang mag-cover ito para sa FHM, na dumaan daw sa Photoshop ang mga larawan ng ex-PBB housemate.
Sabi niya, “It just so happened that the FHM [offer] came how many months after we came to the gym.
“I was like, ‘Eksakto, you can show off all your hard work. I’m gonna be proud. Alam ko pinaghirapan mo talaga ‘yan.’”
Dagdag ng binata, “It hurts not just to her but for me also because I saw how much effort she put into it—from the diet, the constant hours in the gym.
“And then, when she got that magazine cover, she was happy.
"And people commenting that she didn’t deserve it and that she didn’t work hard to achieve that body, na Photoshop lang ‘yan, sakit.”
Hindi naman daw nababahala si Brian sa mga negatibong komento kay Myrtle, lalo na sa mga ipinupukol sa Kapamilya talent simula pa lang noong PBB days.
“People can say what they want.
"The people that they find odd sometimes end up standing out the most.
“You cannot judge a person right away. That’s why for me, I want to get to know her and go beyond that,” sabi niya.
Sinabi rin ng anak ni Senator Grace ang mga nagustuhan niya kay Myrtle.
“She’s not afraid to be herself. No matter what criticism she gets, she keeps pushing ahead.
“She’s very goal-oriented, she works very hard.
“Matalino talaga and masipag, what more can I ask for?” ani Brian.