Jay R and Kyla admitted they used to have a crush on each other when they first started working together as music partners.
The longtime tandem made the revelation as they looked back on how their friendship began during their guesting on "Magandang Buhay" last Monday, December 14.
"Nung lumipat ako sa Pilipinas, I was in a long-term relationship na. Nakilala ko si Ky at naging magkaibigan kami," said Jay R.
"You know siyempre habang kapag nagkikita kami sa trabaho at parang naging idol ko na rin si Ky, medyo you know I was a little bit having a crush, but I couldn't," he continued. "Siyemre dahil naging magkaibigan kami I developed a respect for Kyla and siyempre may girlfriend ako, hindi ko naman puwedeng i-pursue 'yung ganun. It's so disrespectful to my friend and, of course, to my girlfriend at that time."
He added: "I had a crush on Ky for sure in the beginning."
Kyla, for her part, confessed that she also had a crush on Jay R, but only for a very short time.
"Ako naman para sa akin parang ang hurtful naman kung sasabihin ko na hindi ako nagka-crush dito. Parang hindi naman siya kanais-nais na tao, hindi naman siya ganoon. Pero very likeable din naman kasi si Jay R," she said.
"And alam mo 'yon na, 'Oy nahanap ko ang ka-match ng boses ko parang nagja-jibe kami nito,'" she went on. "Nagkaroon din naman pero only for a very short time, kasi nasa tamang pag-iisip din ako. Kasi alam ko rin naman na (taken)."
Just recently, Jay R and Kyla made light of the long circulating speculation that they used to be a couple in an interview with PUSH.
"Parati akong nakaka-encounter ng mga tao na tinatanong ako, 'Naging kayo ba ni Jay R?' Hindi nga, totoo. Sinasabi ko, 'Hindi, talagang we're just really good friends and we're very comfortable being with each other, being onstage. Makikita 'yun, eh, 'yung chemistry namin onstage. Feeling tuloy ng iba, parang naging kami or something... Some people don't believe it (na hindi naging kami), 'di ba 'no, Jay? Ang dami talagang naga-assume," said Kyla.
"Masyado silang naga-assume, porket naging kami ni Kyla ng isang araw lang. 'Wag kayo mag-assume. Isang araw lang 'yun, guys," added Jay R, in jest.
Dubbed the country's King and Queen of R&B, Jay R and Kyla appeared on "Magandang Buhay" and "PUSH Bets" to promote their latest collaboration, "Undeniable," which is now available on various digital platforms.