MANILA — Matteo Guidicelli on Thursday publicly assured the parents of his fiancée, Sarah Geronimo, that he will take care and love their daughter as much as they have, as the couple takes the next big step towards their “life plans.”
The actor shared the statement via Facebook, a week after he belatedly announced the milestone with photos of him with Geronimo wearing a ring.
In his post on Thursday, Guidicelli similarly gave fans a glimpse of private moments with Geronimo, including snaps of the pop superstar with his family, and a selfie prominently displaying a ring.
“Family is my number one priority. In this next chapter of my life, I’m extremely excited to start my own family with the love of my life, my fiancée Sarah G,” he began.
Guidicelli, one of three children of Gianluca Guidicelli, an Italian, and Glenna Fernan, a Filipino, thanked his parents for “teaching me the values of a solid family.”
“Life will never be perfect but what matters is that we learn, grow and improve until it is our time to take over. My father has been my best example; he is my mentor, my solid rock. Papa and mama's values, passion and selfless attitude has taught my siblings and me a lot and has molded us to become what we are today,” he said.
The Cebu-born Guidicelli went on: “One day, I pray, I will do the same for my own family. I’m very blessed and honored that my parents welcomed Sarah to our humble family like another daughter. My sister and little brother loves her the same way. Knowing she is loved and accepted in the family simply fills up my heart with joy.”
Guidicelli’s siblings, Paolo and Georgia, have formed close relationships with Geronimo, going by their posts on social media. It was Paolo, the youngest, who revealed that the engagement had been kept secret for a year prior to Guidicelli’s announcement.
“People might be thinking that our relationship has been smooth sailing. But let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy. Sarah has been tough. I saw her grow, mature, and develop into an independent beautiful woman that I am extremely proud of! My love, thank you,” Guidicelli wrote.
Guidicelli, 29, and Geronimo, 31, first confirmed their relationship in 2014, after nearly a year of being officially together. They reportedly celebrated their sixth anniversary as a couple in September 2019.
While they are among the most visible stars in showbiz, Geronimo and Guidicelli have largely kept their relationship low profile. Geronimo doesn’t appear to have an active, personal presence on social media, while Guidicelli rarely shares photos of him with the singer.
“I dream that one day both our families will sit around a dinner table and simply celebrate life. Love, happiness, joy and life must always be celebrated,” Guidicelli said.
Addressing Geronimo’s parents, he added: “Tito Delfin and Tita Divine, if there have been hard feelings or events that were not supposed to happen in the past, I humbly apologize. I assure you that I will give Sarah a happy life with the best of my capabilities. With pure, honest love and respect. We wish to move forward with our life plans and begin this brand new chapter of our life.”
Delfin and Divine have both been visible figures in Geronimo’s 15-year career, and have known to be fiercely protective of the singer.
Geronimo is the third of four siblings, and is the only one among them who is in the limelight.
“Mahal na mahal ko po si Sarah. Mahal ko din po kayong magulang niya at mga kapatid niya,” Guidicelli said. “Hangad ko po na maging isang pamilya tayo. Pangako ko po na aalagan ko si Sarah na kapareho ng pangangalaga inyo sa kanya.”