MANILA - Actor-singer Daniel Padilla is open to the idea of changing his religious beliefs to be with his on-screen partner, Kathryn Bernardo.
Padilla is a Catholic, while Bernardo is a member of Iglesia ni Cristo.
"Tignan natin at marami pa namang pwedeng mangyari sa future. Siguro hindi pa ako makakapag-decide ngayon. Pero siyempre, open naman ako. Diyos pa rin 'yan, bakit naman aayawan ko," Padilla told ABS-CBNnews.com on Thursday at the sidelines of his press conference for his second major concert at the Araneta Coliseum on April 30.
But for now, Padilla said their different religious beliefs are not an issue.
"Oo INC siya, okay lang, ganoon naman talaga. Pero sa future pa tayo makakapag-decide niyan. Hindi naman isyu ang religion. Hindi lang tayo pwedeng magdesisyon ngayon," he said.
The actor went on to say that he and Bernardo enjoy each other's company.
"Ganoon pa rin po, very close kami ni Kathryn. Kami ang typical na masaya kapag magkasama," he said.
While they remain "very special but not really official," Padilla said he is willing to wait for the right time to be Bernardo's boyfriend.
"Ayaw ko pong minamadali ang mga bagay-bagay," he said, adding, "Siguro kung alam naman ng lalaki ang mga nangyayari ngayon, hindi naman niya siguro liligawan si Kathryn."
Gift for Kathryn
Meanwhile, Padilla shared what he gave Bernardo for her 18th birthday last March 26.
"'Yung aso ang binigay ko sa kanya, si Snow. Una kasi gusto niya ng golden retriever pero may nagbigay na sa kanya," said the actor, who will be Bernardo's escort at her party this Sunday.
When asked to give a birthday message to the actress, Padilla said: "Kathryn, kahapon sa birthday mo, masayang-masaya ka. I'm very happy also. Sana marami pang magandang bagay na mangyari sa iyo. Lagi kong hihilingin na tuluy-tuloy lang ang mabubuting [nangyayari sa iyo] at pagiging inspirasyon mo [sa iba]."