TIMELINE: Over the years, Matteo and Sarah kept asking for acceptance from pop star’s parents

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Posted at Feb 21 2020 06:06 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2020 06:59 PM

Sarah Geronimo with her mother, Divine, and her now-husband, Matteo Guidicelli. ABS-CBN.com/ Instagram: @matteog

MANILA — Despite being among the most visible celebrities in local showbiz, pop superstar Sarah Geronimo and actor Matteo Guidicelli have managed to keep their relationship low-profile throughout their six-year relationship.

Two of their milestones, in fact, were confirmed belatedly after more or less a year. When Geronimo admitted, in 2014, that Guidicelli is her boyfriend, they had already been a couple for almost a year. And when Guidicelli announced their engagement in 2019, a year had already passed since the actual proposal.

Despite their secrecy, many sweet moments between “AshMatt,” as they’ve been dubbed by fans, unfolded in the public eye, with snaps of dates or their attendance to each other’s events circulating on social media.

But more interestingly, the apparent rift between Guidicelli and Geronimo’s parents, Divine and Delfin, would also become known through candid statements from the celebrity couple.

What’s being termed now as “Divine intervention” on social media — Geronimo’s mother showing up, supposedly uninvited, at her daughter's civil wedding with Guidicelli on Thursday — appears to be the culmination of the years-long friction between the actor and his would-be in-laws.

In photos and interviews, here’s a timeline of what’s known about the six-year relationship of Geronimo and Guidicelli, including the involvement of the singer’s parents, leading up to their clandestine wedding day:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ADMIRER MATTEO PURSUES SARAH

Guidicelli and Geronimo started getting acquainted in 2009 when the actor, then just starting out in showbiz, would attend the singer’s concerts. He would belatedly reveal that he was hoping to befriend Geronimo, whom he admired for her talent as a performer.

WORK AND ROMANCE MIX?

Between 2011 to 2013, Guidicelli and Geronimo got numerous chances to work together. They co-starred in the 2011 film “Catch Me…I’m In Love,” where Geronimo was paired with her erstwhile suitor Gerald Anderson. Guidicelli, who is also a singer, then shared the stage with Geronimo in “Sarah G Live!”, as well as her concert tour in the US in 2013.

‘ASHMATT’ GOES PUBLIC

In 2014, Geronimo and Guidicelli were spotted together several times — notably outside work. Twice that year, they had what fans termed as a “double date” with celebrity couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo. To the larger public, the sightings were the first indication of a serious romance between the two.

AMID ‘REBELLION’ RUMORS, SARAH G CUTS HAIR SHORT

In March 2014, Geronimo became the subject of rumors when she suddenly cut her hair short, reportedly despite contracts, including a shampoo endorsement, prohibiting this. At the time, Geronimo was evasive when asked whether her supposed act of “rebellion” was related to her parents disapproving of her relationship with Guidicelli. Even then, “AshMatt” weren’t yet confirmed to be officially together.

NO ONE GOOD ENOUGH FOR MY PARENTS, SARAH SAYS

Backtrack to November 2013, or a month after Geronimo and Guidicelli secretly became official. At age 25, an admittedly “sheltered” Geronimo said she was starting to become more independent with her choices in love. This, despite saying that no potential match has ever been good enough for her parents.

‘BOYFRIEND KO PO SI MATTEO’

In a move that even surprised Guidicelli in June 2014, Geronimo candidly said in an interview: “Boyfriend ko po si Matteo.” At that point, they were already a couple for nearly a year.

SARAH FOUGHT FOR ME, MATTEO SAYS

Two months after Geronimo revealed the real score between them, Guidicelli, in a televised interview, said that the singer fought for their relationship. He also said he was proud of Geronimo for becoming more independent in her personal choices.

MATTEO WISHES FOR ‘ACCEPTANCE,’ REVEALS ‘CHALLENGES’

For his 25th birthday in April 2015, Guidicelli wished for “acceptance,” triggering rumors he was pertaining to Geronimo’s parents. When asked directly whether he has warm ties with Divine and Delfin, Guidicelli remained tight-lipped, only saying, there have been “challenges.”

SARAH HINTS AT PARENTS BEING AGAINST MATTEO

In perhaps her most direct indication of her parents’ disapproval of Guidicelli as her boyfriend, Geronimo said in April 2015: “Sa lahat ng relationship, gusto nating maging smooth ‘yung takbo, may acceptance sa bawat isa, sa bawat mahal mo sa buhay. Kasi hindi ka magiging masaya completely… Importante, the people around me are also happy for me.”

WE’RE HURDLING TRIALS, SARAH ADMITS

Three months later, in July 2015, Geronimo admitted she and Guidicelli were going through a rough patch, saying no relationship does not hurdle “trials.”

STRONGER THAN EVER

Surpassing a tumultuous 2015, Guidicelli and Geronimo appeared to have regained stability in the following years, with the pop star frequently sighted with her partner’s family, on top of their romantic getaways. Once careful not to be seen together in public, they also started attending each other’s events or shows. Notably, for the first time, they attended the 2018 ABS-CBN Ball as a couple.

‘WHY DO I FEEL EMPTY?’

Earlier in 2018, Geronimo had an emotional breakdown during her Las Vegas concert, saying she felt “empty” despite a successful 15-year career. Guidicelli, who was in Manila then, took to Instagram to share reassuring words for his girlfriend, writing, “I’ll always be beside you.”

MATTEO AND SARAH GET ENGAGED

While Guidicelli announced his engagement with Geronimo only in November 2019, the actual proposal happened a year ealier, according to his younger brother, Paolo.

SARAH WITH THE GUIDICELLIS

Over the years, Guidicelli has been vocal of his family’s love for Geronimo. She, in fact, looked very much part of the clan as she posed with the Guidicellis in June 2019, after the actor completed his Scout Rangers training.

SARAH WISHES FOR FAMILY TO BE TOGETHER

In October 2019, Geronimo turned emotional as she said, in a televised interview, that she wishes her family would be complete again. She did not give details, but said she trusted in “God’s time” for their reunion.

MATTEO PUBLICLY ASKS FOR BLESSING OF SARAH’S PARENTS

Finally announcing his engagement with Geronimo in November 2019, Guidicelli wrote a public letter to the singer’s parents, apologizing for past misunderstandings and asking for their blessing. His request for their respective families to be “united” hinted that Divine and Delfin had remained distant from him over the years.

SARAH AS MAID OF HONOR

Essentially a part of the Guidicelli family, Geronimo stood as maid of honor to her boyfriend’s sister, Giorgia, for her December 2019 wedding. Geronimo’s parents were notably absent from the event.

MATTEO, SARAH’S PARENTS ATTEND HER CONCERT SEPARATELY

In February 2020, Guidicelli attended Geronimo’s “Unified” concert with Regine Velasquez. While Guidicelli was seated in the audience, and at one point joined his fiancée on stage, Geronimo’s parents, according to the singer, opted to stay backstage.

‘DIVINE INTERVENTION’ AT SECRET WEDDING

What was meant to be a happy occasion for Guidicelli and Geronimo was marred with controversy, as the latter’s mother, Divine, reportedly showed up, uninvited, to talk to the pop star. The encounter resulted in an altercation between Guidicelli and a bodyguard employed by Geronimo’s parents, according to a police blotter that went public on Friday.