"Feeling ko if I don't live with a person... I don't know him."
These were the words of Ellen Adarna as to why she believes in "living in" before marriage.
In an interview in Between Us Queens on Spotify, Ellen shared that it was actually her father who encouraged and introduced to her the idea of cohabiting with a partner.
Ellen shared that she was 18 years old when she was asked to leave their house to learn how to live independently. Her dad encouraged her later on to live under the same roof with her boyfriend that time.
"My dad suggested na, 'Mag-live in na kayo, get to know your partner. Kasi 'yun talaga 'yung fear niya, na magpakasal kami at a very young age. So he wanted us to get to know our partner, know what we want and don't want," she said.
Ellen revealed that she lived with all her former boyfriends.
The actress said that living with them in the same house helped her really get to know them.
"How will I get to know him, how will I get to know the truth? Kasi it's so different when you're in the same house," she said.
"Mahirap kasi talaga if you don't really know the person... Let's say if you're going to marry him, mag-iiba kasi talaga eh. Okay na 'yang i-test drive mo muna bago mo bilhin," she remarked.
"It's for your protection. You also have to think about the future and yourself. Things can really go wrong. There's nothing certain," she added.