Vice Ganda was midway through admitting how difficult it had been throughout the years to mask the pain of "feeling alone."
The comedian was trying to explain the thought process behind his "Magpasikat" performance, which was about fighting to love oneself despite harsh criticism.
And while, he said, the bashing from the past year was not any less painful than those from before, at least this time he has someone to help him heal: Ion Perez, his rumored boyfriend.
Stopping short of confirming their relationship, Vice Ganda described Perez as his "katuwang sa buhay."
Vice Ganda said: "Mahirap iyong maramdaman mong mag-isa ka, at pilit mong kinukumbinsi iyong sarili mo na kaya mong mag-isa. In reality, hindi po namin kaya mag-isa."
"Kailangan namin ng katulong. Maaring pamilya o ang Panginoon, pero kailangan natin ng tulong."
"Sa puntong ito, ang sarap-sarap sa pakiramdam na naramdaman ko na hindi ako nag-iisa. Kasi for so many years, for so many times in the past I've felt like I was all alone."
"At itong pangsampung taon ng 'It's Showtime' ang suwerte ko kasi hindi na ako nag-iisa. Mayroon na akong katuwang sa buhay."
"And I am so happy. Hindi ko makakalimutan itong 10th year ng 'It's Showtime' dahil ...ang sabi ko, 'You don't need to be loved by the whole world, you only need yourself and one person to accept and love you back.' At mayroon na ako nun."
In the months since Perez joined “It’s Showtime,” initially as “Kuya Escort” in the popular Miss Q&A segment, he and Vice Ganda have been the constant target of teasing from their co-hosts, suggesting they’ve brought their onscreen “romance” into real life.
Outside the ABS-CBN program, Perez and Vice Ganda have been photographed being affectionate with each other, as well as sharing personal milestones. Notably, in July, the two met each other's family members.
Last month, the two yet again made headlines when a playful exchange of "I love yous” during a live episode of “It’s Showtime” unfolded to be an emotional moment for the rumored couple.