What took them so long? Billy Crawford explains

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 24 2014 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2014 10:26 AM

MANILA -- Singer-host Billy Crawford is currently on cloud nine after he publicly admitted for the first time that he and "It's Showtime" co-host Coleen Garcia are officially a couple.

The announcement happened on the Thursday episode of the noontime show after Vice Ganda teased Crawford and Garcia for wearing matching boots.

"Is it official? Kayo na?" Vice Ganda asked them, putting the two on the spot.

The other hosts joined in questioning Crawford such that the singer-dancer finally spoke up about their relationship.

"Oo, sinagot na niya ako," Crawford answered.

The "It's Showtime" hosts then gave them a group hug.

"It feels good. I'm very, very happy. It's a good feeling," Crawford told ABS-CBNNews.com in a chance interview after the show.

Crawford first admitted in January that he is courting his co-host on the noontime show.

Since then, the two have been open about their fondness for each other.

Crawford explained that Garcia needed some time, echoing her previous statement, saying she is still waiting for the proper time. "She just needed to be sure," he said.

Asked to describe his feelings for Coleen, Crawford simply said: "Mahal ko."