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Melissa Ricks says her parents never disapproved of Jake Cuenca

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

FRESH SCOOPS

2/28/2011 10:46 PM
Melissa Ricks says her parents never disapproved of Jake Cuenca


022811-melissa_main.jpgIt’s been two years since they first started dating and now that they admitted to their relationship, Melissa Ricks says it really was a big help that she and Green Rose star Jake Cuenca decided to be mum about it at the start. “Masaya ako na everything’s okay between me and Jake and masaya ako na ang tagal na namin na steady lang. Ang tagal namin na masaya and I think it was a good idea to keep it to ourselves for a while kasi nakatulong din yun na tumagal kami ng ganong katagal,” she shares during Empress’s debut last February 20 at The Grand Terrace in Quezon City.

The 21-year-old says that it’s not true that her parents were against her dating Jake. “My mom was never against it. My mom was just being a mom. Concerned sa akin. Siyempre they don’t want their little girl na magka-boyfriend. Pero she never disliked Jake or anything like that, walang ganun. Talagang ganun lang sila talaga. Any family na may bunsong anak na babae, siguro ganun talaga,” she explains.

Mel also admits that she feels flattered that Jake has been very vocal to the press about his feelings for her. “He’s very, very nice. I know sometimes it’s cliché to say na mabait ang isang tao pero ito talaga from the start mabuti na siyang tao hindi lang sa akin pero pati sa family niya, sa mga kapatid niya. He’s very down-to-earth and alam ko na mahal niya ako,” she adds.

Mel says that Jake is also a very open-minded boyfriend. They have both decided to keep their professional decisions separate from their personal lives. “He leaves my decisions up to me. Yung career path ko and career path niya, sine-separate namin yung career namin sa personal life. So I think that’s why na nagkakasundo din kami kasi we have our own thing eh. But we support each other in everything that we do,” she reveals.

But even if they are now open towards talking about their relationship, it doesn’t mean that they will divulge everything about it. “Oo masaya ako na alam na ng tao yung sa amin pero hindi ko naman ibibigay lahat sa mga tao. Sana they leave some for us pa rin, for ourselves na private naman. Ibigay rin naman nila sa amin yung konting privacy,” she says.