Meet KZ Tandingan's boyfriend TJ Monterde

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 15 2017 03:20 PM

MANILA -- Singer KZ Tandingan on Wednesday finally introduced to public her boyfriend TJ Monterde, a singer-songwriter from Cagayan de Oro.

For the first time on television, Tandingan and Monterde talked about how they met during an interview on "Magandang Buhay." 

The two met through their common friends Kedevon and Martin Nievera.

After two years of being friends, Monterde finally admitted his feelings for Tandingan. And after year of courtship, Tandingan finally gave her sweet "yes" to Monterde during a trip to Korea.

"Ang tagal bago siya naniniwala sa akin. Dahan-dahan," Monterde shared.

Monterde also admitted that he is now inspired as an artist to write new songs.

"Dami kong natutunan sa kanya. Isa doon musically kasi sobrang galing niya as an artist. At saka bilang isang songwriter, sobrang laking tulong. Hindi pilit na gumawa ka ng kanta for somebody," he added.

For her part, Tandingan said she also learned a lot from their relationship.

"Being in a relationship is also a responsibility. Kumbaga when you decide to be in a relationship with the person, you are putting this person higher in your hierarchy of priorities. So kahit busy ka, kailangan 'yung time management mo. Nandiyan pa din para makapagbigay ka sa kanya ng time kasi deserve niya 'yon," Tandingan said.

Tandingan and Monterde have been together since January 28, 2015.

According to Tandingan, Monterde and his family have already met her family in Digos City.

The two recently made headlines with their viral music video of "Ikaw At Ako Pa Rin," a "hugot" song that tells the story of lovers who live worlds apart, yet they vow to remain faithful to one another. 

The two performed "Ikaw At Ako Pa Rin" on the show.