In a rare opportunity, beauty queen Janine Tugonon opened up about the current status of her heart.
In an interview with G3 San Diego, the former Miss Universe runner-up confirmed that she is in a relationship with an Italian-Belgian guy for four years now.
According to Janine, she and her boyfriend, Eric, met after she decided to move to New York and put her old apartment in Los Angeles up for rent.
“Kasi I was living in LA. Nung lumipat ako sa New York, meron pa akong two months remaining sa apartment ko sa LA. So I was looking for someone to rent the place,” she said.
“I asked this one guy, ‘Are you still looking for a place?’ He said, ‘No, not anymore I already have a place. But I know someone who’s looking for a place.’ That someone was him, it was Eric,” she added.
Janine said their love story began when her boyfriend rented her place for a month.
“Mineet ko siya kasi I still have things sa LA noon. Doon nag-start. Parang ako 'yung landlord niya for a month. May nakita daw siyang picture na nagandahan siya [laughs],” she said.
The 31-year old Filipina beauty shared that her boyfriend, despite never having been to the Philippines, has expressed his interest to move to her hometown.
“I don’t know yet,” admitted Janine, when asked whether she’s open to it. “To be honest, I really don’t know. Pero siya, 'yun nga ang sabi niya. Bakit daw hindi na lang kami sa Pilipinas, magtayo na lang ng business. Sabi ko, ‘You haven’t lived there so you don’t know how it is there.’ Tapos sabi niya, ‘It’s paradise there.’ Gustong gusto kasi niya 'yung beach.”
In 2012, Janine was crowned Miss Universe Philippines and later finished first runner-up in the 2012 Miss Universe.
After her stint in the Miss Universe pageant, Janine moved to the United States, where she now works as a model.
Last month, Janine returned the Philippines to serve as a judge for the inaugural Miss Universe Philippines pageant.