"Don't grow up so fast."
This is what Paulo Avelino told his son Aki as he posted a rare photo of them together on Instagram last April 14.
Based on his post, the photo was taken in Manhattan, New York where he and his son recently reunited, and where Aki is now residing with his mother, LJ Reyes.
"Weird to see this little boy so independent," Paulo also said in his post.
Paulo reunited with his son when he flew to the United States for a concert tour with singer Ogie Alcasid and rumored girlfriend Janine Gutierrez.
The actor first shared his plans to visit his son in New York during a press conference for OA Sa Love in the USA concert tour in March.
“Actually na-mention ko na sa mommy niya. Tinatanong lang kung ano ‘yung dates. Pero nando’n na rin ako, might as well see my son. I haven’t seen him since they left,” he said at the time.
LJ, along with Aki and her daughter Summer, left for New York in September last year, at the height of controversy surrounding the actress's separation from her partner of six years, actor Paolo Contis.
Talking about his son, the Marry Me, Marry You actor said he was very excited to finally see and spend time with Aki, whom he revealed is now studying in the city.
“Excited na excited na rin akong makausap ang anak ko kasi nag-i-school na rin do’n and everything,” he said.
Aki, the only child of Paulo and LJ, is turning 12 years old this July.