Almost five years into their relationship, celebrity couple Khalil Ramos and Gabbi Garcia can already see themselves tying the knot one day.
In a recent interview with G3 San Diego for MEGA Entertainment, Khalil said that both he and Gabbi consider marriage as the ultimate goal of their relationship.
“Ako kasi, whenever I get into a relationship, I’m the type of guy who dates to marry talaga. I have friends who date to marry. I hope it’s not rare," he said.
“So, for me, there’s no other point, there’s no other end goal but to spend the rest of your life with your partner. That’s the goal. So, whatever we do leans towards that.”
Gabbi, for her part, said she already considers Khalil as the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with.
“Oo naman! Wala namang iba. Ano’ng itsura niya? Masayang masaya siya? Sana. [laughs] Oo naman. Knowing Khalil, I could imagine nakatayo siya du’n ta’s may hawak siyang film cam," she said.
Khalil, 26, and Gabbi, 23, will be celebrating their fifth anniversary together this February.
The two first confirmed being in a romantic relationship in 2018. Previously, they revealed that it was their good friend Kathryn Bernardo who introduced them to each other during the debut of Julia Barretto back in 2015.
In the same interview with MEGA, the longtime pair also shared the secret to their healthy and happy relationship.
“Communication talaga. From the get-go, from the start of our relationship until now, we always sit down and communicate our feelings. For example naiinis ako sa kanya or naiinis siya sa ‘kin, we would sit down and, ‘Alam mo, nainis ako sa ‘yo earlier,’ or, ‘I didn’t like what you’ve been doing lately.’ So, we really talk about our feelings and we never let a fight na matapos nang wala man lang nag-explain kung ano ‘yung feelings ng isa’t isa,” said Gabbi.
“Dati nagagalit siya sa ‘kin kasi sabi niya, ‘Hindi ako magician na kaya kong mag-read ng minds.’ Before kasi, it would be often na, 'Dapat alam niya ‘yun.' Pero hindi, eh—you have to communicate it."
Knowing your purpose and intentions is just as important, said the couple.
“I think the usual na pinagmumulan ng problems—with also my past relationships—is that nagkaka-fallout because nawawalan na ng gana, nawalan na ng respeto and everything," said Khalil.
“‘Yung iba kasi ‘di ba nafa-fallout kasi wala nang kilig. Pero ano ba’ng intention ng relationship? Magkilig lang ba? ‘Di ba companionship? It’s reminding yourself of the ‘why,’ the reason, and the intent,” added Gabbi.
“‘Cause sometimes things get boring also for us, ah, sa sobrang tagal na namin," the actress admitted. "So, wala, we always just go back to, ‘Ano ba’ng purpose nito? Date-date lang ba? Kilig-kilig lang ba?’ Hindi naman gan’on ‘yun."
Another key, according to Gabbi, is friendship.
"For me, friendship is really important. For us kasi, we started as friends. So, I feel like a person whom you can keep as your best friend is really, really important kasi you guys can just hang out mainly. ‘Yun talaga—you guys get to know each other on a much deeper level if you’re best friends,” she said.
Khalil agreed, saying, "I think for me, one thing that I do super love about our relationship is the enjoyment, the fun. I’ve also experienced it before and I could see my friends really resent their partners na parang umaabot sa point na, ‘Ayoko siyang makasama kasi lagi na lang kaming ganyan.’ For us, whenever we’re together, it’s always fun. it’s always a time when we could have fun and bond. Ako kasi, my love language talaga is kulit, eh. I always make her kulit."
Last would be respecting each other's individuality and feelings.
"It’s not all about your partner. I feel like you can’t depend everything on your partner. Kailangan you respect his individuality and he respects my individuality as well. So, when it comes to our work, ‘di niya ako pinapakialaman, ‘di ko rin siya pinapakialaman sa pagtatrabaho niya or sa passion niya or sa passion ko. So, ‘yun, respect for your own individual space also,” said Gabbi.
“My last one, nakakabit din du’n. I guess a more general term for it is just really respect in all forms to her—her values, upbringing from her parents, her emotions. Yeah, it’s just respecting and understanding each other,” added Khalil.