Currently busy taping for his upcoming teleserye Got To Believe with co-star and real-life ladylove Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla admitted that they are too young and too busy for any serious romantic commitment. “Oo naman nasa tamang edad naman tayo pero nasa akin ang desisyon at alam kong hindi pa rin oras. Ang tamang oras ay pag steady na lahat. Stable na financially, sa lahat, sa career, kung medyo luma-lie low na. ang hirap naman kasi mag-relasyon kung araw-araw may taping ka. Basta't hanggang gusto tayo ng tao,” he shared.
The couple dubbed as “Kathniel” admitted earlier this year that they are already mag-”MU” or have a mutual understanding. DJ said there is nothing more to admit than that even though their fans speculate that they are already boyfriend-girlfriend. “Huwag na natin sagutin yan, alam niyo naman na yan. hindi, hindi pa nga kasi. Kasi bawal pa. Alam niyo namang bawal pa,” he added.
DJ said he would not consider courting any other girl anymore. “Mukha bang meron? Wala. Meron siguro, basketball lang ang girlfriend ko ngayon at saka trabaho ko,” he admitted. The 18-year-old actor said he also expects other guys to be respectful in acknowledging his relationship status with Kath. When the media asked him what he would do if Kath had a suitor, DJ looked offended at the thought. “Bakit naman kailangan sabihin yun? Kumbaga respeto na lang sa akin di ba? Hindi naman nila siguro gagawin yun, respeto na sa akin. Sa tagal ng issue na kami na, biglang may manliligaw pa bang iba?” he said.
When asked about rumors saying he is the jealous type, DJ said he would rather be accused of that than look like he does not care very much about his love team partner. “Anong mas gusto niyo, yung nasasakal kayo or walang pakialam sa inyo? Para sa akin tama lang naman na medyo ganun ka eh, kesa sa pinapabayaan mo. Malay mo kung mapasama pa sa ibang tao. Lahat naman ayaw natin na pag naagaw sa ‘yo,” he explained.
The Got To Believe star said he does not dictate or meddle in any decision Kathryn makes. “Bakit ko naman gagawin yun? Kung ako naman, andito lang ako para mag-gabay din kay Kathryn. Wala naman pinagbabawal kasi hindi naman talaga kami eh. Baka naman sabihin niya, ‘Ano ba naman itong lalakeng ito, feelingero!’ (laughs) Basta alam na niya yun. Meron akong mahabang sinabi kay Kathryn na ganun tungkol sa pananamit kung bakit huwag yun. Hindi lang naman para sa akin yun eh,” he said.
When it comes to his mom Karla Estrada, DJ said he is not possessive at all. “Bakit naman ako magiging possessive? Hindi ko naman pagmamay-ari ang nanay ko. May sariling buhay at nanay ko yan eh. May-ari sa akin yan pero hindi ako ang may-ari sa kanya. Ako ay anak lamang,” he said. Because of his rising popularity, DJ admitted his mom has also had to deal with her share of intrigues as well but he is not worried about it. “Eh di okay, napapansin na rin nanay ko di ba? (laughs),” he said.
The singer-actor said he will not mind if his mom decides to have a love life and maybe even get married in the future “Hangga’t masaya nanay ko okay lang. Basta hindi siya sinasaktan. Desisyon niya yun. Dapat sigurado na siya na yun na nga yun kasi mahirap yun,” he said.