After announcing their engagement last year, celebrity couple Patrick Sugui and Aeriel Garcia admitted that they are living together.
The couple spoke at length about their living set-up in a recent episode of the podcast "Figure It Out", which is hosted by their close friends Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos.
In the episode, Patrick suggested that he and Aeriel have been living under the same roof even before they got engaged, as he explained what made him decide to finally propose to his girlfriend.
"Ang laking factor nung nagka-lockdown. Kasi we live together 'di ba? Some would say na mahirap 'yun, 'yung kayong dalawa lang every day lockdown, 'di kayo pwede lumabas. Sinasabi nila magkakasawaan kayo, mag-aaway kayo, 'yung ganun, pero never namin na-feel 'yun during the lockdown. We wake up, tatawanan agad kami. Never kami nagka-struggle," the actor shared.
"So 'yun na, 'yun na 'yung nag-push sa akin na okay na, tatanungin ko na. Gusto ko na talaga, ready na ako," he added.
The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate and his fiancée, a social media influencer, also talked about what their life is like as a young, engaged couple living in the same house.
When asked by Khalil if their set-up is hard, both of them answered no.
"Kasi pareho kaming lumaki na walang yaya, eh. Wala kaming helper sa house, so growing up trained na ako to do chores... dishes, I iron my own clothes, everything," explained Patrick. "Dito sa house, ako 'yung in charge sa cat room. Mga litter nila, food, water, and everything. Lahat ng heavy lifting siyempre. Then si A sa dishes, sweeping, or vacuuming. Lahat ng madali or hindi masyadong mabigat.
"Madali lang, hindi ako nag-adjust at all. Sobrang dali lang. Very basic na lang siya nung nag-live in kami."
However, Patrick shared that there is a catch to their set-up: he and Aeriel do not sleep in the same bed.
"Some would say na we live together, ganyan ganyan... We don't sleep in the same bed," he revealed, much to the surprise of the show's hosts.
"Totoo?" asked Khalil, while Gabbi said, "Ha? Wait, ngayon ko lang 'to nalaman."
"What we do, meron kaming overnight mattress kasi kapag dito nag-i-sleep 'yung mga cousins ko sa weekend. 'Yung mattress na 'yun, ilalagay ko 'yun sa living room, doon ako sa mattress, siya sa couch. Hiwalay kami," said Patrick.
According to the actor, it was a conscious decision he and Aeriel made when they were baptized as Christians a few years ago.
"When we turned Christian, purity, no anything. 'Yun ang tina-try naming gawin. Kasi live in pa lang is kontra na agad sa pagka-Christian eh, so at least what we do is iwas pa rin sa temptations and everything. So hindi kami tabi nag-i-sleep," he said.
For her part, Aeriel added: "Tsaka ayun 'yung naging rule [namin bago kami] mag-live in."
It was back in December 2020 when Patrick and Aeriel, who have been dating since 2018, announced that they were now engaged.
A week after they announced their engagement, the couple was treated to a surprise engagement party on a yacht by their closest friends. The celebration included Khalil and Gabbi, with superstar couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Marco Gumabao, Joe Vargas, and Ria Atayde.