MANILA—Relationships aren't sprints.
Celebrity couple Xian Lim and Kim Chiu appear to be on the same page regarding this, as both of them tried to explain to reporters this Friday that theirs is akin more to a leisurely stroll.
Both were present during the press conference for the new drama "Love Thy Woman," which they star alongside Yam Concepcion.
Facing the media, Lim and Chiu, who have been dating since 2012, were asked about the "secret" to their long, happy relationship after some had brought up the topic of recent breakups.
Lim said that the key is taking it "one step at a time," and he urged people to give their partners space to grow separately.
"Kumbaga si Kim she has the freedom to do everything she wants as an artist," he shared. "And she also gives me the freedom to do whatever it is I feel like I need to do."
"Hindi namin hinahawakan sa leeg iyong isa't-isa."
The couple reiterated this when they were prodded about their possible plans to marry one another, with Chiu pleading: "Huwag na natin unahan, ito muna tayo."
She also said that all they want to do at the moment is to keep travelling and discovering more about one another: "Hindi namin pinag-uusapan ang future, every day lang kami."
The two are the stars of "Love Thy Woman," which will see Chiu step out of her comfort zone and play a mistress.
The trailer was released Friday, and it is expected to join ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold lineup starting February.