MANILA, Philippines – Actor Matteo Guidicelli is just controlling himself not to fall in love right away with his leading lady Jessy Mendiola, whom he described as an amazing woman.
In a live interview with “The Buzz” on Sunday, Guidicelli said he and Mendiola are taking it one step at a time since he believes that “slow things are the things that really last.”
Rumors of a brewing romance between the "Paraiso" stars were fueled by a photo making the rounds online, which shows a woman, suspected to be Mendiola, hugging Guidicelli.
The actor-athlete did not deny that it was him and Mendiola in the picture.
“Yes, it is Jessy. Ibig sabihin kami ni Jessy, sobrang close kaming dalawa. If there’s friendship, we are a little above that,” he said.
Asked if he already loves his “Paraiso” leading lady, the actor said: “Let’s just say I’m getting there. We’ll never know. Like I told Jessy, we’ll just take it slow. We’ll see.”
Meanwhile, the actor revealed that he is planning to spend the Valentine’s Day with the actress.
“Actually may pinaplano na po ako together with Jessy. We are going to go watch a concert together,” he said.
According to Guidicelli, he really treasures his friendship with Mendiola, especially since they have been working together for a year now.
“Let’s just say one year na kaming magkasama ni Jessy and 'yung mga pinagdaanan namin, I don’t think it can be replaced or I could forget. The things we’ve gone through, sa isla sa 'Paraiso,' all the emotions that we’ve given to each other, I’m never gonna forget and it means so much to me,” he said.
Guidicelli was previously in a relationship with actress Maja Salvador, while Mendiola was romantically linked to actor JM de Guzman.