For the first time, Erich Gonzales revealed details about how she met her non-showbiz boyfriend who seems to be a well-off businessman. Although they’ve been a couple for almost two years now, she said that they started out as friends first. “Nakilala ko siya through common friends. Mga three or four years muna kami naging magkaibigan. Tagal na talaga. It’s cool nga because he's not only my boyfriend, he's my best friend. We have no secrets. I can talk to him about anything. Cool lang, hindi lang puro romance. I don't think we will last this long kung [hindi dahil sa friendship]. Dun nabuo ang foundation na super strong,” said Erich during the press visit on the on-location shoot of Juan Dela Cruz in Manila Police Headquarters at U.N. Avenue, Friday, January 18.
Erich further shared that her boyfriend is only 32 years old, refuting speculations that she’s dating someone much older. “He's older than me, mga 50 years old. Actually lolo ko na yun,” she quipped before adding, “No, no, no. I’m 22 years old and he's 32. So 10 years ang age gap namin. I think it's better. I don’t think na yung mga ka-age ko ngayon can handle me, maturity-wise. And they say na kapag babae ka, mas mabilis mag-mature [ang perspective in life].” She also clarified that he’s still single and has no love child. “Hindi po [siya married], single siya. Single and ready to mingle with me! Walang anak po. Ano ba ‘yan, nakakalurkey [yung mga tanong niyo].”
Although her boyfriend is non-showbiz, Erich claimed that he understands the nature of her work and is very supportive of her accomplishments. The fact that she gets to be paired with different leading men is no big deal as well. “Wala naman po siya dapat ikaselos. He knows my work. Alam niya na yung trabaho ko, priority ko talaga. He's very supportive. Kunyari ‘pag meron akong movie, magpapa-block screening siya kasama mga friends namin, ganun. Kumbaga incognito lang, silent support lang.”
It took Erich a long time before she entered a relationship. When asked how she is as a girlfriend, she said that she enjoys being true to herself whenever they’re together. “Hindi ko kailangan mag-pretend na parang pa-girl ako kasi I’m not like that. Yung totoo lang. Tsaka kapag kaibigan mo talaga yung tao hindi mo kailangan na magtago. Same with him, supportive ako sa lahat ng ginagawa niya. Sobrang malaking bagay yung patience, understanding at trust.”
But are they planning to settle down anytime soon? “I’m still focused on my work so hindi pwede. I’m not engaged. I said it na before. [The ring he gave me] was a gift, pero hindi siya engagement ring. Matagal pa. Ang dami ko pa gagawin sa buhay ko.”
But did he already propose marriage to her? “Agad-agad uunahin natin siya? Wala pa naman po. Dadating din siguro ‘yan eventually. Well I’m hoping and praying [na siya na talaga]. Sino ba naman gusto na kung sino [ang boyfriend] ngayon play time lang? I don’t think that's nice,” she finally stated.