'You have to let it grow': Daniel likens relationship with Kathryn to a plant

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Posted at May 31 2020 01:58 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MANILA – They have been a couple for more than seven years now and before they celebrate their next anniversary, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla opened up about their relationship as they looked back on how it all began.

Speaking to Toni and Alex Gonzaga for the fourth episode of “I Feel U” on Sunday, Bernardo recalled meeting Padilla for the first time when they both appeared on “It’s Showtime” several years ago.

“Hindi pa kami formally introduced sa isa’t isa noon. So nagkita lang talaga. Sumasayaw pa si DJ noon. Kasama niya yung ‘Gimik’ cast, tapos ako, kasama ko si John Manalo. Pero yung formally na nag-meet kami, yun na yung kina-cast siya for ‘Growing Up’ na,” she said.

Padilla said he remembers being excited to go to work because of Bernardo.

“Siyempre araw-araw mo kasama yung tao. May hidden na akong pagtingin sa kanya. Eventually, you look forward sa every trabaho. Kapag pupunta ako sa trabaho, kasama na rin yung ano kaya ang mangyayari today, ano naman kaya si Kathryn ngayon,” he said.

When asked about the moment when she felt that they are ready to take their friendship to the next level, Bernardo said: “Naramdaman ko yun nung naging consistent siya sa pagpunta sa bahay. Old school. Niligawan din niya si Mama. Tuloy-tuloy yon, parang one year siya. Naramdaman ko na sincere yung tao. Tinanong ko si Mama. And then mukhang okay naman sa kanya, so nag-Yes ako.”

Bernardo said she appreciates how Padilla makes her feel special despite her flaws and insecurities.

“Mararamdaman mo lang yung suporta niya. Hindi niya ipapa-feel sa'yo kapag may kulang ka. Hindi siya nagco-compare kasi hindi rin yun nagwo-work sa akin. Grabe lang yung suporta na mararamdaman mo from him,” she said.

“Lahat ng insecurities ko, lahat yun tinatawanan niya lang. Sinasabi niya, ‘Bakit ganyan ka mag-isip? Hindi naman iyan big deal.’ Kung paano niya lang i-handle, naba-balance niya. Kung ako lang, magpapakalunod ako diyan. Siya yung nagpa-realize sa akin kung paano i-handle ang ganyang bagay. Maganda yung influence niya sa akin dun,” she added.

But their relationship is not always a bed of roses.

“Of course, just like any other relationships, dumaan kami sa point na [na parang gusto na naming sumuko]. Hindi ko alam - third year or fourth year yung una; tapos yung seventh year, yung seven-year itch. Ibang issue naman yun. Parang dadating yun sa relationship. Mag-eight years na kami, tapos may mga dadating na problema talaga na magte-test sa inyong dalawa,” she said.

Padilla, however, noted that they always try to resolve things immediately.

“Marami na kaming away ni Kathryn na talagang away din talaga. Sa parte ko, meron na akong pagkakataon ko, nang tumalikod at umalis. Pero tatalikod man ako, after five minutes, babalik din ako,” he said.

Despite their misunderstandings, Padilla said he can never turn his back on Bernardo because a love like theirs is rare to find.

“Ang love kasi sa akin, kailangan ko siyang alagaan. You have to let it grow. Para siyang halaman. Kailangan mo siyang mahalin. Hindi ko siya kayang talikuran at baka wala na akong makuhang pag-ibig na ganito ulit,” he said.

Going into their eighth year together, the two shared what they think is the secret to their relationship.

“Huwag mainitin ang ulo kasi hindi madadaan ang mga usapan sa galit. Laging dapat klaro ka, hindi pwedeng ang taas mo agad lagi. Yun ang nakita kong problema ko noon kapag nag-aaway kami ni Kathryn. Kapag mas malakas ang boses ko, baka mas manalo ako. Parang may ganun, na para sa akin ngayon, na-realize ko na mali pala yung ganun. Hindi dapat ganun,” said Padilla.

Bernardo, for her part, said respect to each other is the most important thing in their relationship.

“Sa akin, yung respeto. Sobra yun. Nate-test yan kapag galit tayo. Pwede kang magsalita ng kung anu-ano na mao-offend mo yung partner mo, or alam mo na mapipikon siya. So ang laking bagay na nirerespeto niyo ang isa’t isa,” she said.