Ai-Ai de las Alas appeared on Kris TV on Thursday, January 3, together with her non-showbiz boyfriend, Jed Salang, and talked about their relationship.
Host Kris Aquino even commented that compared to Ai-Ai’s previous relationships, this is the most peaceful that she has seen the latter at peace.
Kris then asked Ai-Ai why she never gave up on finding love despite the string of failed relationships. Ai-Ai replied that she believes that Jed is an answered prayer. Before she got into the relationship, the comedienne went to the Holy Land where she prayed for the man that she will love and who will love her back. In addition to this, Ai-Ai confessed that among the guys that she got romantically involved with, Jed is the only one that her daughter Sophia really liked.
“First, siya (Jed) lang ang lalaking naghatid-nagsundo sa akin sa bahay namin and ‘yun ang isang reason kung bakit gusto siya ni Sophia. Sabi niya, ‘Mommy, siya lang ‘yung lalaking nakita kong humahatid, sumusundo, humahatid, sumusundo, humatid sa iyo. Siya lang, kaya gusto ko siya.’”
Ai-Ai continued, “Nakapasa siya dun sa mga mahihirap na maipasa sa buong buhay ko. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, ‘I’m so blessed.’ First time na buong family ng boyfriend ko nakikilala ko and first time nakakasama ko sa bonding, hindi lang sa importanteng bagay sa buhay ko.”
Jed also confirmed that he has two kids, a five-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy but he was never married. Ai-Ai has three kids.
Kris also suggested that since many people do not know much about Jed, many may assume that he is just after Ai-Ai’s fortune. It was later revealed that Jed comes from a well-off family who owns a car dealership which he manages.
While it is a May-December affair, the actress pointed out that the age difference should not matter in a relationship. “Tinatanong ko sarili ko, ‘Bakit? ‘Di ba ako pwede mahalin ng lalaking bata? Pwede naman.’ Hindi lahat parating pera. Pwedeng mangyari na ang dalawang tao nagmamahalan na di dahil lang sa ganon.”
Jed was very candid when asked if the age gap never bothered him. “’Yun ang gusto ko, wala naman kayong magagawa, ‘yun ang gusto ko. Di ko maramdaman ‘yung age natin ganito. Sabi ko magkasing-age tayo, magka-level tayo,” pertaining to Ai-Ai.
Ai-Ai added that she told Jed that he will be the last man that she will love while she is alive and until she dies. “Naniniwala ako siya ‘yung bigay sa ‘kin,” said a tearful Ai-Ai.