MANILA, Philippines -- "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez admitted that she felt guilty for keeping her relationship with fellow finalist Deandre Brackensick a secret from her fans.
|Deandre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez. Composite image
Sanchez, whose mother hails from Bataan in the Philippines, said she and Brackensick had been officially together "for a while" before they disclosed their romantic relationship to their fans last week.
"Me and him kept it a secret for a while, I have to say," Sanchez told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview during the San Diego leg of the "American Idol LIVE! Tour."
"But I kind of felt guilty after a while because I tell my fans everything and they want them to know everything about me," Sanchez added.
Since finishing second to "Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, 16-year-old Sanchez has amassed a number of followers, which she endearingly calls "blujays."
On microblogging site Twitter, she actively communicates with her fans and updates them on her professional engagements as well as developments in her personal life.
It was on the same social networking site that Brackensick confirmed the status of his relationship with Sanchez who, in turn, told her fans of the development through a session on online video streaming service UStream.
Brackensick, who finished 8th place on "Idol," also joins Sanchez and the rest of the show's Top 10 finalists in the concert series, which will have its finale show in the Philippines on September 21.
Sanchez, however, allayed worries from her mother that she might lose focus on her thriving career.
"Not at all. We've been best friends. Her and his mom are best friends, too, so it works out perfectly," Sanchez said. -- with a report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau