Life never gets boring para sa mag-asawang Jericho Rosales, 41, at Kim Jones, 33.
Higit pitong taon ang nakalipas mula nang sila ay magpalitan ng "I do's," pero hindi raw sila nagpakulong sa dikta ng ibang tao kung paano tatakbo ang kanilang relasyon.
Sabi ni Jericho sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): "I think I'm grateful because that's what we didn't have. In our own experience, we didn't have parameters.
"For us, we go against culture. Not because we hate it.
"We go against the normal or what the society says, what the culture says, because there's so much pressure in marriage. And even before you get married, you already feel the pressure.
"And for us, the pressure is the death of growth. We all know it. You press something, it's not gonna grow."
Kilala si Jericho bilang magaling na movie at TV actor, habang si Kim ay matagumpay rin sa kanyang career sa mundo ng fashion.
Swak daw sila ni Kim pagdating sa pagnanais nilang mahinang ang indibiwal nilang pagkatao kahit na mag-asawa na sila.
Lahad pa ni Jericho: "For Kim and I, she wanted to go to New York, she went to New York. I wanted to go to New York, I went to New York.
"She wanted to study for three months, she did. She wanted to go to Spain, she went to Spain. I wanna go surf, I wanna go hang out with my friends.
"It's, like, we never... We don't want to be trapped by the ideas of marriage."
Sa puntong ito ay diretsahang nabanggit ni Jericho ang madalas na tanong sa kanila ni Kim tungkol sa pag-aanak.
"We're always asked, 'When are you guys gonna have a baby?'
"It's just not something that we get pressured by society. For all you know, we're never going to have a baby.
"It's just we have a gift of relationship wherein we both can be whoever we wanna be.
"We both can be the best versions of ourselves."
Malaki raw ang respeto nila sa kakayahan ng isa't isa.
"I'm glad I have someone who supports me. I support her as well. It's that kind of relationship.
"It's very complicated in the eyes of others. But to us, it's been working.
"It's a case-to-case basis. For us, it works. For others, it may not work."
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Dito ay naging bukas si Jericho kung gaano niya hinahangaan si Kim.
Hindi raw marahil alam ng iba, pero saludo ang aktor sa galing at talento ng asawa.
"I think she picked me. I didn't pick her," nakangiting sabi ni Jericho.
Patuloy niya, "It's always, like, culture says the guy is always the number one or the higher [person]. I'm not trying to suck up to girls.
"I mean, we're always, like, equals, kami ni Kim. We live in a house where everyone is creative, most especially Kim."
Bilang asawa, proud siya na "ever-evolving" si Kim—mula sa pagiging blogger, vlogger, at host hanggang sa maging regular ang modelling stint nito sa international scene.
Naging creative director at business owner din daw si Kim.
Ayon pa kay Jericho, "And then now she dabbled into the arts—painting and ceramics.
"She is writing one script for me, but it's not finished yet.
"And then now, she directs and acts."
Kinuha pa raw ni Kim si Jericho na acting "coach" nang bumida si Kim sa Dakota, isang short film ng director na si Paco Raterta.
Komento niya sa pag-arte ni Kim, "I miss the time na nagsisimula ako. Yung energy niya nandun."
Marami raw talaga silang natutunan sa isa't isa.
Paliwanag ni Jericho: "We have different personalities. I'm an entertainer, she's an intellectual. She's deeper as a person...
"And to be honest with you, every time she talks about art, I get so inspired. Sometimes, it makes me realize na, 'Wait, she's making sense. How do I apply it to myself?'
"That's the kind of house that we have. We live under a roof wherein [the growth is] never ending.
"It's not all about what you see on Instagram. I wish I could have this conversation with everyone all the time.
"There's so much to share not just about our life, but also what we learn."
certain of their love for each other
Kung mayroon mang hindi nagbabago sa pagsasama nina Jericho at Kim, iyon ang pagmamahal at pagiging sigurado nila sa isa't isa.
Sabi ni Jericho sa PEP.ph, "You have to be chill. You have to be confident. You have to be sure.
"The secret is getting to know the person. It would be an activity for the rest of your life because the person is always going to change.
"You enjoy the moment. The gifts of having a relationship—every trip, every year that you're together.
"If you look at people as, like, part of your journey, it's not so bad. If you look back, 'That's us before, and that's us now.'
"It's always fresh. That I encourage—to be open. So that you don't get bored with life, with your relationship, you just allow it to grow."