MANILA — Days after saying he identifies as bisexual, social media personality Xander Ford introduced his boyfriend on Monday, referring to him as “my baby boy Jerick.”
Ford opted for a creative reveal, through a YouTube video where his boyfriend is masked for the most part of a sit-down interview about their relationship, until he is asked to remove it.
The thumbnail of the video identified the boyfriend as Jerick Fernandez, who happens to also have a YouTube channel.
In Ford’s vlog, he and Fernandez answered questions about their “romance,” and how it transitioned from friendship, to their compatibility.
According to Ford, they have known each other since 2018 through social media, but only got to meet personally in 2019. Their friendship, according to Ford, deepened as he started to confide in Fernandez about his sexuality.
“Straight po talaga ako,” Ford said, noting he has had four heterosexual relationships. “Talagang hindi po ako naa-attract sa lalaki. Nito po lang, parang ngayon ko lang na-realize na may naramdaman akong ganito, parang na-develop ako sa kapwa ko lalaki.”
Ford and Fernandez did not give a precise date as to when they became an official couple, only saying their romance was sudden.
“Hindi ko siya niligawan, hindi niya ako niligawan,” Ford explained. “Gusto niya ako, gusto ko rin siya. Parang sobrang close po namin, parang nagkakapalagayan kami ng loob. Parang feeling namin, MU, parang mutual understanding.”
Ford was last known to be in a relationship with a woman. That relationship courted controversy early this year when Ford was accused of physical abuse and sexual assault. Ford dismissed the allegations.
A former boy group member who rose to fame for chronicling his surgical transformation, Ford said he wanted to show Fernandez’s face through the vlog because of his follower’s “curiosity.”
Asked whether his romance with Ford is a stunt for popularity, Fernandez answered: “Hindi ko po siya ginagamit kasi alam naman po niya ang ugali ko.”
“Handa po ako harapin kung ano ang sasabihin nila,” Fernandez said of the public’s reaction to their relationship, as he finally took off his mask.