MANILA — Vice Ganda on Wednesday professed his love for his boyfriend and “It’s Showtime” co-host Ion Perez on the occasion of the latter’s birthday.
On Instagram, the comedian shared a photo of him with Perez, captioned with a heartfelt message addressed to his followers, about his relationship with the former male pageant titlist.
“Ang tagal ko ding naging malungkot habang nagpapasaya. Ang tagal ko ding lihim na umiiyak habang nagpapatawa. Ang tagal kong ininda 'yung mga sakit na pinagdaanan ko. Hanggang nakilala ko siya. Lahat biglang nagbago,” Vice Ganda wrote.
Vice Ganda, who made his showbiz breakthrough in 2009 via “It’s Showtime,” has been romantically linked with different personalities over the past decade, but has not once confirmed being in a relationship with any of them.
Perez joined the noontime program in September 2018 as an escort of candidates in the popular Miss Q&A segment.
The two would be teased by their co-hosts during live episodes. Eventually, the onscreen romance translated into real life, with Vice Ganda revealing in November 2019 that they have been officially a couple for a year.
Referring to Perez in his post on Wednesday, Vice Ganda said: “Sinagip niya ako bago ako tuluyang malunod. Binura niya lahat ng hinanakit. Naging matamis 'yung dating ubod ng pait. Siya lang 'yung may tapang na mahalin ako at ipagmalaki ito. Siya lang 'yung may boses na ipagsigawan ang pangalan ko. Siya lang 'yung may kamay na humawak sa 'kin kahit may ibang nakatingin. Siya lang 'yung yumakap sa 'kin na di nagtatago sa dilim. Siya 'yung minahal ko na di nahiyang mahalin din ako.”
Perez publicly referred to Vice Ganda as a “special” person in his life as early as March 2019. Even then, the comedian was admittedly hesitant to confirm their relationship.
Vice Ganda earlier explained that he had been used to being kept secret by his past boyfriends, causing him to be tentative in handling Perez’ proud declarations pertaining to their romance.
“Kaya panalangin ko po Lord, protektahan niyo po siya sa anumang pwedeng makapanakit sa kanya. Nawa po’y lagi syang nakangiti at masaya. Sana po ipahintulot niyong habang buhay ko syang makasama. Kasi po mahal na mahal ko sya,” Vice Ganda wrote, using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayIon.