It was perhaps faith that led celebrity couple Dawn Chang and Justin Cuyugan to meet in the same path some three years ago.
Then still grieving the death of his late wife who passed away due to ovarian cancer, the 38-year-old actor was a cast in the Primetime series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as the gay makeup artist to have transformed the titular character Cardo Dalisay (played by Coco Martin) into the sexy undercover Paloma. At the time, Dawn was part of the show as well, herself having taken on the role of Elaine, one of the girls who fell victim to a syndicate operating as human traffickers.
In their joint guesting in the morning show Umagang Kay Ganda early Thursday, Dawn confessed to having mistaken Justin as, in fact, gay in real life.
“Akala ko, totoong bading siya,” she said, sharing that she even had her now-beau look into a sexy magazine cover she just did at the time. “Syempre, ‘di ba, malapit tayong girls sa mga bading? Masaya kasama ‘yang mga ‘yan. Tapos, hanggang sa kinuha niya ‘yung number ko.”
Dawn said that it took a long four months before Justin finally contacted her.
“’Ay, alam ko na ‘to,’ sabi ko. ‘Nagpaparamdam ‘to,’” she said, and the rest was history.
It was late in 2017 that Dawn started to drop hints about their relationship by sharing sweet photos of them on Instagram, much to strong speculation from fans. Just a few weeks later, the GirlTrends member eventually admitted that they’re officially together in an exclusive interview with radio host DJ Jhai Ho.
Justin’s former wife left behind their three kids who now address Dawn as their “Tita Dawn.”
“Kasi usually sa family, ‘di ba ang daddy siya ‘yong fun dad? Usually gano’n ang daddy, spoiler,” Justin said. “Pero no’ng nawala ‘yong wife ko, siya ‘yong nagdidisiplina, ngayon si Dawn naman ‘yong pumalit.”