MANILA – For the first time, actor Jake Cuenca talked about his relationship with his new girlfriend, whom he “introduced” to the public through the image-sharing site Instagram last month.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Sunday, Cuenca confirmed that he has been in a relationship with Australian model Chanel Olive Thomas for two months now.
“We’re good, sobrang saya. It's something very different kasi parang ang tagal ko nang hindi nagkaka-non-showbiz na girlfriend. May sarili kaming mundo. I value that. Inaalagaan ko talaga,” he said.
Cuenca said Thomas used to be part of “Australia's Next Top Model,” but she is now based here in Manila.
Sharing how they first met, Cuenca said, “Through common friends. Sa party ko siya nakilala. Sobrang close niya sa family ko.”
“Naninibago siya. Hindi madali para sa kanya pero gaya ng sinabi ko dati, kapag gusto maraming paraan. Kapag ayaw maraming dahilan. Ginagawa ko talaga siya ng oras. I make time for it,” he said, when asked how Thomas adjusts to his hectic work schedule.
Meanwhile, Cuenca revealed that he gets a lot of comments noting the resemblance of Thomas and his “Maria Mercedes” leading lady, Jessy Mendiola.
“Sabi nga nila pero sobrang iba sila. Very different personalities. She's very different from Jessy,” he said.
During the run of “Maria Mercedes,” Cuenca was vocal about his feelings for Mendiola and even admitted courting the actress.