Sarah Geronimo performed with Matteo Guidicelli during her concert series in the United States last year. At the time, videos of their apparent sweetness during their numbers fueled speculation about their relationship.
MANILA - After months of speculation, pop star Sarah Geronimo finally admitted on Thursday that she is in a romantic relationship with actor Matteo Guidicelli.
The 25-year-old actress confirmed this on the sidelines of a thanksgiving party for "Maybe This Time," her movie co-starring Coco Martin.
Geronimo was asked about the recent admission of Guidicelli that he calls her "mahal," after the actor mistakenly sent a text message meant for her to Wenn Deramas which the director then posted on Facebook.
"Oo naman [ganoon po ang tawagan namin]... Sige, sabihin ko na po, boyfriend ko na po si Matteo. Kasi marami ding nagsasabi na paligoy-ligoy... So, gano'n po," she said.
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe, Geronimo added: "Hindi naman maganda na magtatawagan kaming 'mahal' kung wala kaming relasyon, 'di ba? So, opo."
Geronimo had been evasive of answering questions about Guidicelli, particularly leading up to the premiere of "Maybe This Time" in late May.
The "Ikot-Ikot" hitmaker said it would be disrespectful to her director and co-stars to discuss her personal life when they are meant to promote the film.
Rumors romantically linking the Kapamilya stars first surfaced in 2013 when Guidicelli was reported to be the only showbiz personality seen at Geronimo's private birthday party in July.
In January this year, entertainment magazine YES!, citing sources, reported that the two are indeed a couple, but neither confirmed this when asked in the following weeks.
However, the two appeared to be more open with their romance in March, when Geronimo attended Guidicelli's birthday party. The two were spotted holding hands at the gathering, with photos of their apparent sweetness making the rounds online.