Jake Cuenca and Chanel Olive Thomas. File Photo.
MANILA – The girlfriend of Jake Cuenca does not mind being compared to Jessy Mendiola, who was previously courted by the actor.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News and other reporters on Saturday, Australian model Chanel Olive Thomas said she takes it as a compliment when people tell her she looks like the “Maria Mercedes” actress.
“To be honest, she’s maganda right? So it’s not like it’s negative. So I thank you for saying that. But being from Australia, it’s a different upbringing… coming here it’s always like you’re going to get compared to a pretty girl. It’s not negative. It’s more like positive. And we have different personalities,” she said.
Last month, Mendiola likewise said she is flattered to be compared to Cuenca’s girlfriend saying the Australian model is very beautiful.
“Maganda kaya yung girlfriend niya, parang ang layo naman. Very model, maganda siya,” she said.
Thomas said she and Mendiola have yet to meet.
Love story with Jake
Meanwhile, Thomas opened up for the first time about her relationship with Cuenca and what she likes the most about the “Ikaw Lamang” actor.
“He’s so sweet. He’s super sweet. He always makes time. I hadn’t had a boyfriend in four years. I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend. I was not interested in dating an actor and then it happened. He’s really great. He’s really close to his family, which for me is super important. I want that closeness in family and friends,” she said.
Asked what it is about Cuenca that made her agree to be his girlfriend, Thomas said, “I think that he cares. When he cares about someone, he’ll go out of his way to make them happy. For me, that’s my character. I’m someone who, if I love someone, I always want to make sure they are happy before I am happy. Jake is the same thing. I never met someone like that before.”
Although they are only three months into their relationship, Thomas admitted she sees a future with Cuenca.
“I love him but I haven’t had a boyfriend in four years. That’s just like me having a boyfriend is a big step already right? But I see a future with him. I’m not looking for a short-term relationship. And I love his family. We’ll just focus on us right now, and then him meeting my family and then we’ll go from there,” she said.