MANILA, Philippines – Actress Erich Gonzales does not mind that she and her businessman boyfriend have a 10-year age gap.
|Actress Erich Gonzales and actor Coco Martin during the ABS-CBN trade event.
In an interview with entertainment website Philippine Entertainment Portal, Gonzales said she actually appreciates having a 32-year old partner because she knows that he can truly take care of her.
“I’m 22 and he’s 32. So, 10 years. I think it’s better kasi I don’t think yung mga ka-age ko ngayon can handle me. I mean, kasi di ba, sinasabi pag babae ka, mas mabilis mag-mature?” she said.
Asked if she really has preference for older men, Gonzales said one can't teach the heart on who to love.
“Hindi naman natin napipili talaga kung sino ang gusto nating mahalin, ‘di ba? We’ve been friends and yun siyempre, yung mga ganyang bagay, ipinagdarasal din iyan. So, parang one day, ‘O okay pala ito.’ Siyempre matagal din na friends muna and then 'yun na,” she explained.
Now that she is set to star “Juan dela Cruz” opposite actor Coco Martin, does her boyfriend ever get jealous of her onscreen partners?
“Wala naman po siyang dapat ipagselos. He knows my work and alam niya ang trabaho ko. He’s very supportive, nandiyan lang siya kunwari kapag merong movie, nagpapa-block screening siya kasama 'yung parents namin, ganun,” she said.
Saying they’ve been together for almost two years now, Gonzales said her boyfriend has no reason to feel insecure.
“Ma-link? Hindi na po uso iyan. Porke may show, kailangan ma-link, ano ba ‘yan?” she said. “He’s very happy dahil may new project. And wala naman po siyang say talaga sa showbiz.”
According to Gonzales, their families know about their relationship and they enjoy their full support.
But the “Juan dela Cruz” actress denied though that she will be walking down the aisle soon.
“No, I’m not engaged. I said it na before po, it was a gift, pero hindi siya engagement ring. Matagal pa [ang kasalan]. Ang dami ko pang gagawin sa buhay ko,” she said.
“Darating din siguro iyan. Well, I’m hoping and praying [na siya na]. Sino ba naman ang may gusto na, kung sino man iyon, play-playtime lang? Parang for me, I don’t think that’s nice,” she added.