Umpisa pa lang ng panayam nina Kris Aquino at Toni Gonzaga kay Matteo Guidicelli sa The Buzz kahapon, August 19, 2014, tinanong na nila agad ang Kapamilya actor kung anong buwan naging sila ng Popstar Princess na si Sarah Geronimo.
Sabi naman ni Matteo, “Wow, you know what, I’d really like to share, but I’d like to keep that to us... basta a few months ago.”
This year or last year?
“This year, this year... last year.”
Malapit nang mag-one year?
“Mga ganyan!” natatawa ngunit maingat na sagot ni Matteo.
Ayon kay Toni, maingat daw si Matteo sa pagsasalita dahil nanonood si Sarah ng mga oras na iyon.
“Yes, she’s at home. She’s watching right now,” pagkumpirma naman ni Matteo.
Sinubukan ni Matteo na ibahin ang usapan nang i-promote niya ang kanyang upcoming film na Somebody To Love.
Nahanap na ba niya ang kanyang "somebody to love"?
“Yes, I’ve found it already, e,” sagot ni Matteo
She’s the one?
“I hope so, I hope so…”
Bakit "I hope so"? ‘Di ba dapat, "I know so"?
Pahayag ng actor-TV host, “Yes, I tried to be optimistic and everything.
"I’d like to say, 'I know so.' I want to be positive in anything.
"But, you know, in every relationship, there are always challenges.
"You know, in every relationship, it’s not an easy ride, ‘di ba?
“All relationships are difficult, challenging.
“I think, it’s just speed bumps to make everything stronger in the future.”
HE DID NOT LIE
Naalala naman si Kris na noong December 2013, nang nag-promote sila ng Little Bossing, nagkasabay sila sa flight ni Matteo papuntang Cebu.
Dumalaw raw si Matteo sa lolo niyang may sakit at may concert din sa Cebu si Sarah.
Natatawang sinumbatan ni Kris si Matteo na nagsinungaling ito sa kanya.
Sabi naman ni Matteo, “I didn’t lie. I just didn’t tell you.”
Bakit ba natagalan ang pag-amin nila at kinailangan pa nilang itago?
Paliwanag ni Matteo, “You know, many things, ‘di ba? I’d like to...
"It’s my way of respecting her side also. Sarah’s side and her family.
"It was… something they didn’t want.
"It was something we talked about, we wanted to keep private.
"That was my way of respecting her side, her family, everybody in her side.
“I just wanted to give full respect, and I kept quiet the whole way.”
Paano niya niligawan si Sarah sa kabila naman ng alam ng lahat na istrikto ang mga magulang nito. Saan nagsimula ang ligawan nila?
“Yes, I guess, sa tour sa America, May last year.
"Wala… magkakilala lang kami dun. Parang everything connected again.
"I've always liked her since five years ago pa.
“I thank God, everything connected, yun.”
May balitang nagtampo raw si Matteo kay Sarah nang hindi sumipot at sumuporta sa kanya ang Pop Princess nang lumahok ang aktor sa Ironman 70.3 sa Cebu kamakailan.
Nagkatampuhan nga ba sila?
“Not at all,” tanggi ng actor-athlete.
“The whole week, she had work plans. She had The Voice, charity, ASAP, but she was sick the whole week.
"So, she had to cancel her commitments for everything.”
Pero inimbita niya si Sarah?
“Of course. I told her, next year, she has to block off the date because she has to be there.”
Hindi totoong may tampuhan?
Sa mga magulang ni Sarah?
“Wala naman, wala naman,” sabi ng Fil-Italian actor at athlete.
Kumusta ang relasyon niya ngayon sa mga magulang ni Sarah?
Ayon kay Matteo, “I think, Sarah’s parents, they are like other parents, very protective for every child.
"Yun… I understand them.
"I also understand Sarah. She’s 26, she’s growing to be a beautiful lady.
"She’s growing, she’s becoming stronger every year, so I’m proud of her, all that she’s done, ‘di ba?
“She’s standing for herself. She’s becoming an independent woman.”
Paano niya nasabing “standing for herself” si Sarah? Dahil ipinaglaban siya nito?
“Ipinaglaban niya rin po ako, that’s why I’m very, very proud of her.”
Ano ang ibig sabihin ng ipinaglaban? Noong una, hindi aprub sa kanya ang mga magulang ng Pop Princess?
“Noong sinabi niya sa TV na kami na, I was going to the States and narinig ko lang sa TV and nabasa sa mga tweets, nagulat na lang ako.”
Hindi nila napag-usapan kung bakit inamin ni Sarah?
“I guess, she felt, it was the time.
"When I saw it, I was very proud of her, not because she said I’m her boyfriend.
"I don’t really care about that, but I’m more proud of her because she stood up as a woman and for what she wants in life.”
PURELY AND TRULY HONEST
Para makuha niya ang tiwala at pagmamahal ni Sarah, ano ang mga ipinakita niya?
Saad ni Matteo, “I’m just honest all the time with her. I’m honest with my feelings.
"Everything I think, I feel—sometimes, I’m too honest. It gets me in trouble.
"But, I guess, honesty is the best thing in the world."
Paano niya napasagot si Sarah—sa phone, sa personal, o sa bahay nila Sarah?
“I’m the happiest person in the world, ‘di ba? Face-to-face.”
Paano niya natanong si Sarah?
“Honestly, at first, she didn’t want. She didn’t want a showbiz guy and all stuff.
"But, you know, I always tell her, 'Follow your heart. You know, we’re not doing anything wrong. We’re loving each other purely and truly.”
Doon na nag-"yes" si Sarah sa kanya?
“Something like that, mga ganyan…”
Ipinaalam na nila sa magulang ni Sarah?
“Sarah’s very honest person. So, whatever happens, she really wants to share it to the parents.
"She’s a wonderful child. So yun, she told her parents.
"She’s very open, and she doesn’t want to hide anything."
Noong araw din na yun, ipinagtapat ni Sarah?
Nakaharap pa rin siya noong sinabi ni Sarah sa mga magulang niya?
“Wala na yata ako noon, wala na yata…”
Natatawang sabi pa ni Matteo, “I’m really careful about what I’m saying... I’m really scared right now!”
Ano ang mga ikinakatakot niya?
“You know, right now, our relationship is still very fresh, very new, and everything. It has to grow still and stronger.
"Time can only tell. I don’t wanna say things in advance.
"I don’t wanna disrespect anybody. I wanna keep the respect to the family and everybody.
“So, I’m very, very careful about I’m saying.
"But I’m sure, in the future when everything’s stronger and more solid, I won’t be afraid anymore of anything.”
Sinabi naman ni Kris na may cultural differences daw sina Matteo at Sarah.
Half-Italian si Matteo, nag-aral sa Brent International School at sa ibang bansa.
Payo naman ni Toni kay Matteo, hindi dapat mawala ang respeto nito sa mga magulang ni Sarah.
Sabi ni Matteo, “Of course, my parents always taught me that.
"You respect people. The rich, the poor, everybody, you have to respect.
“And my parents taught me that, in life, you have to have strong moral values and principles in life.
"Nobody should step on you. You, as human being, should know who you are, ‘di ba?
"You should respect yourself also.
“I agree, respect is the most important thing and, of course, be happy that your girlfriend’s parents are the happiest in the world.”
Worth bang ipaglaban si Sarah?
Sagot ni Matteo, “You know, my family loves Sarah, and I love her a lot. I’ll do what it takes.
"This girl, this woman, she’s worth everything.
"It’s not because of who she is, ‘di ba—Sarah Geronimo. It’s not that.
"It’s the person outside the camera, when we’re together, without the make-up and everything, she’s really true.
“Parang I don’t think I can find anybody like her. I don’t want to lose her.”
Bata pa rin sila. Ngayon, si Sarah ay 26 at si Matteo naman ay 24.
Ibig sabihin, nakikita na niya at ipinagdarasal ang habang buhay kasama si Sarah?
“I pray every day, every night, for this to go well. I really hope.
"We can’t tell the future, but we can work for the future and do the best we can.”
Nakikita ba niya si Sarah bilang mommy ng mga anak niya?
“Wow naman!” ang tila kinikilig na reaksiyon ni Matteo.
“I hope and pray, ‘di ba?”
At dahil nanonood nga si Sarah, ano ang gusto niyang sabihin kay “Mahal”?
“She knows naman, and I’m very, very proud of her, ‘di ba?
"I’m very, very proud of her, and I wish her the best.
"I just wish her the best.
"Sarah, you know how much I love you.
"Basta, you know na… I’m just proud of you.
“I’m proud of you—very, very proud of you.
“Do what you love doing and enjoy life because you’ll only live once.”
Dugtong pa niya, “I’ll text you later.”
Pareho namang napatili sina Toni at Kris nang aminin ni Matteo na ang theme song nila ni Sarah ay “All Of Me.”