MANILA, Philippines -- Four months into the relationship of former Miss Universe runner-up Venus Raj and TV host Andrei Felix, their respective supporters still hadn't known of their being "official."
|TV host Andrei Felix and Venus Raj
"Dumating kami sa point na merong [pagtatago], siguro the first few months of the relationship -- mga first four months siguro," Raj told reporters on Tuesday, before the premiere screening of the Regal Films horror flick "Pridyider."
While she and Felix became a couple in November 2011, it wasn't until some months later when they publicly admitted their relationship.
According to the beauty queen, the decision was based on concern over negative reactions to their being together.
"Kasi hindi pa ganoon ka-strong 'yung relationship, nagsa-start palang kami, hindi pa namin alam kung paano i-handle kung may bumatikos man, o kung may mag-komento man," said Raj, who co-hosts ABS-CBN's morning program "Umagang Kay Ganda" with Felix.
"Nung na-realize namin na kayang-kaya na nating sagutin kung anuman 'yung ibato nila, na kaya na natin panindigan 'yung relasyon, pag may nagtatanong, 'Yes, kami na, matagal na,'" she added.
Now 10 months into their relationship, Raj can only express happiness over their progress.
In recent months, Felix has openly expressed his intentions of marrying the Filipina beauty queen, saying "she's the one."
For Raj, their respective families' approval of their being a couple now only comes as a bonus.
"Nakilala ko na 'yung parents niya, siya rin. Kasundung-kasundo niya 'yung magulang at ako rin sa magulang niya, so nakakatuwa both sides okay sa relationship," she said.
In August, Felix said he has already told his parents that of his intentions to marry Raj "in a few years."
"I’m not getting any younger, pero she’s still young, she still has a bright career ahead of her and sabi ko nga if I have to wait a lifetime, sige,” he said.