For the first time since Derek Ramsay confessed about their relationship, Cristine Reyes finally opened up about how her friendship with the actor gave way to the unfolding of a movie-like romance that they both didn’t see coming. Last Sunday, September 1, Cristine joined the many people that trooped to the Makati Coliseum to support the Hero Ball, a charity basketball match organized by Gerald Anderson for the Hero Foundation, and her new beau Derek, who played as the team captain for Team Army, the team that went up against the On The Job actor’s Team Marine.
In recent reports, the Fil-British actor said that he taking back his own words when he declared previously that he was not getting into a relationship with someone who’s part of the industry again. Cristine, for her part, sympathized to Derek and shared that she too had to take back her fair share of her own words. “I know. Alam ko kinain niya lahat ng sinabi niya sa past dahil kaibigan niya ako eh alam ko lahat yun na sinasabi nga niya na ayaw niya na ng girlfriend sa showbiz pero siyempre yun ang sinasabi ko sa kanya eh. ‘wag kang magsasalita ng tapos.
“Ako alam niyo sinabi ko rin naman na hindi muna ako magbo-boyfriend. Gusto ko munang mag-focus sa work for one or two years. Well sa November mag one year na sana hindi pa umabot. Pero still kahit paano, kahit before umabot ng one year nagawa ko yung single ako,” Cristine told Push.com.ph and other members of the press.
According to Cristine, she opted to keep mum about their very new relationship simply because she’s too happy about it. Not only her, but also the other people who care about her. “Napakaimportante kasi sa akin nung factor na ang mommy ko gusto yung taong malapit sa akin. Yung espesyal na tao para sa akin. Natutuwa kasi ako kasi ang mommy ko masaya para sa akin at ito ang kauna unahang relasyon na parang lahat ng tao positive. Lahat ng tao happy,” she noted, “Di ba alam niyo naman yung past ko to begin with my exes na parang from the start palang parang lahat ng tao galit.”
Cristine’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Rayver Cruz didn’t really sit well with many people following speculations that she was reportedly the one that got between her Bukas Na lang Kita Mamahalin co-star’s then relationship with Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo. “Ito yung first time na nagkaroon ako ng relasyon na parang lahat ng tao kino-congratulate ako,” she added.
Stressing that she and Derek were both shocked that they are now officially a couple, Cristine shared that choosing him somehow only seemed like a natural and logical decision. “Sa lahat ng taong tumangkang manligaw bakit siya? Number 1 grabe yung foundation namin as friends, malalim talaga,” she cited.
Cristine said the Derek was actually the last person she imagined to fall in love with because “Hindi kami pareho ng ugali, pinagsasabihan niya ako.”
However, the outspoken actress said that what drew her to him was his sincere and controlled character which runs as a complete opposite to her impulsive and sometimes very childish nature. “I guess parang napakatotoong tao niya. Alam naman ng lahat ng tao kung gaano ako katotoo. Pag galit ako galit ako. Masaya ako, masaya ako. Siya ganon din. Pero siya matured na parang kaya niyang i-handle. Ako kasi kailangan mong pagsabihan eh, ‘wag ganyan, wag ganito’ so parang ako naco-control niya ako. Alam niya kung gaano ako ka-brat. Alam niya kung gaano ako ka-maldita,” she explained.
The two officially became a couple only last August 28, but the events leading to their decision to take their relationship as friends a notch higher happened weeks earlier, while Typhoon Maring and the monsoon that came with it was wreaking havoc into the country.
“Simula nung time na bumabagyo. Walang trabaho ang lahat ng tao, Everyday kaming magkasama. Kasama ko yung family ko. Kasama ko yung mga pamangkin ko pupunta kami ng grocery. Actually ang hangout namin grocery kasama namin ang mga pamangkin ko. Parang eh alam niyo naman ako nagme-melt yung heart ko kapag malapit yung pamangkin ko sa taong nagpu-pursue siguro.
“Pero at that time hindi pa namin alam eh. Parang awkward nga kasi parang ‘ano ito? Magkaibigan pa ba kami? Kasi iba na ito eh.’ Nag-go-grocery kami together parang kulang nalang anak namin yung mga pamangkin ko. Tatlong beses ata kaming nag-grocery nung week na yun,” related Cristine.
The pervading question as to what their true status was only came nagging them after their grocery sessions and it was Derek who initiated to clarify what’s going on between them. It was then that they realized that the way they had been acting at that time was anything but normal between a woman and a man who consider themselves to be just friends.
“Kinausap niya na ako. Parang ‘ano ito, what’s happening? Sabi ko ‘I don’t know. I’m just waiting for you to ask me kung ano ba ang nangyayari kasi parang alam ko parang hindi na normal na ginagawa ito ng magkaibigan,’” she shared. After which everything just turned into what seemed like a cinematic blur as, in Cristine’s words, things took a complete “360-degree turn” for them with Derek professing his love for her. “Kasi alam mo yung magkaibigan talaga kami and pag magusap kami nun lagi ko siyang inaasar, kinukulit ko siya. Tapos lagi niyang sinasabi sakin, ‘Nako tigilan mo nga ako.’ Ganon din naman siya sa akin, tatawagan niya ako para lang kulitin niya ako or kung may problema siya or kung gusto lang niya mam-bwisit. Tapos biglang all of a sudden ‘I’m in love, blah blah blah’ so parang ako. ‘Hindi ko alam, ano ba itong nangyayari. Feeling ko sa pelikula lang ito nangyayari di ba?’” she explained.
But what melted her heart about Derek’s entire confession was when “He said daw [parang] na he’s in love with me, he just didn’t know for two years. And I think I feel the same way rin, na parang hindi rin ako aware na may ganong feeling.”
Cristine reiterated though that they both didn’t assume that there was something more than friendship between them before. If anything, she said that they both felt a little hesitant to even attempt to take their friendship to the next level for so many reasons. “Actually pareho kaming takot na takot. Aminado kami don nung nafe-feel na namin na ibang level na ‘to. Siya very vocal siya na natatakot siya sa akin kasi kilalang kilala niya ako na sobrang bilis magbago ng isip ko and yung friendship baka mag-suffer. Sayang talaga if ever. Sana hindi na lang,” the Kapamilya actress related one of their conversations. Eventually though they both decided to jump and try their luck as a couple which she said “it’s worth taking the risk.”
Asked how happy she is about her new relationship with the hunky athlete, she replied, “Siguro pantay lang kami. Kung gaano siya kasaya ngayon, ganon din ako kasaya.”
The press couldn’t help but mention Rayver, also Derek’s friend. Did Rayver ever get jealous about Cristine’s seemingly tight friendship with Derek when they were still together? Cristine quickly clarified it saying that “Siguro kasi bawat relasyon hindi maiiwasan yung selosan pero kasi alam naman ni Rayver na talagang kung ano yung friendship namin ni Derek [noon]. I mean friendship talaga yun at walang halong iba.”
She shared that she recently spoke with Rayver about her new love and underscored that despite their split, they remain to be good friends. “Aware naman si Rayver dun na talagang aalagaan ako ni … Derek. Dumadalaw kami before sa bahay nila walang ilangan. Even two nights ago sa screening, dinner kami ng sister ko catch up, catch up. Sumunod si Rayver doon actually and pinagusapan namin the whole thing which is good sobrang healthy namin talaga ni Rayver. Kung ano yung relasyon namin walang nagbago except hindi na kami,” Cristine said.
Rayver, for his part, has already said that he’s “happy” for the two after news of Cristine and Derek’s relationship broke out.