James Reid, Nadine Lustre on their real-life romance
MANILA, Philippines – After confessing that they were finally a couple during their concert JaDine in Love last February 20, On The Wings of Love stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre sat down to talk more about their relationship for the first time.
In a special episode entitled On The Wings of Love Achieved! From Reel to Real, the two shared to hosts Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo that neither of them expected the success of the show, or that they would fall in love with each other in real life.
"We weren’t sure if we were going to be successful. We were so nervous. But I don’t know, everything fell into place," James said of the show. (READ: 'On The Wings of Love' finale recap: Clark and Leah get their happy ending)
James also said that in the 6 to 7 months they've been together in the show, both of them have gotten to know each other more. (IN PHOTOS: James Reid, Nadine Lustre share sweet moments at 'OTWOL' finale viewing)
OTWOL moments, kissing scenes, and being more than friends
Gretchen also asked about the kissing scenes the two did during the course of the show. James said that while he's always in character, he told Nadine that some point, he was looking forward to doing the scenes.
"I always feel in character. I always do, but I just admitted to her just recently that for the past – how many months – whenever there was a kissing scene, I would always look forward to it… I was excited even more," he said.
When asked about their favorite memories from the show, James shared that the scenes in Lake Tahoe were special for him.
"All the moments in Lake Tahoe. It was then that I was actually really in love with her, and it’s actually that gave me like a place to vent out... It really helped in growing to what it is now," he said.
Nadine meanwhile said: "Ako, everything about OTWOL. Iyan yung time kung saan nangyari ang lahat eh. 'Yung journey. So before, and in the middle of it, slowly nagbago." (For me, everything about OTWOL. It was the time when everything happened. The journey. So before, and in the middle of it, everything slowly changed.)
Prior to becoming a couple, Nadine shared that always saw James as a serious person. She even said that he wasn't her type at all, but she later began to like him for who he is.
James said, "I mean, actually she didn’t really care about the love story, the love team or anything like that. It was really me, that something changed."
Nadine said that she did not see it coming at all. In fact, they even argued during the premiere night of Wang Fam – starring their close friends Yassi Pressman and Andre Paras – resulting to them not talking with each other for 4 days.
It was during this quarrel that James realized how important Nadine had become to him.
"I realized how it was not to have her in my life... I realized how much she meant to me. They say you don’t realize what you have until you lost it. I kinda got a taste of that. So when we became friends again, I really appreciated her more and treasured it a lot more," he said, sharing that they reconciled while taping in Ilocos.
Falling in love
After the challenges he has been through last year, James said that he knew he was already falling in love with Nadine as they went on with the show.
"I went through a lot of stuff last year that I think grounded me and helped me realize what I want and what I need. And it turns out she was what I needed and she was always right there. I think I was blindsided by so many things," he said.
"Turns out what I wanted is someone who I can be 100% myself with and who just understands you and makes your life easier. And with Nadine, I never liked her before, and I never imagined that we could ever be together in the future."
"With Nadine, it’s different. She became my friend first before we fell in love. So it’s hard to say it’ like we do all the things you do with your friend, your best friend, buddies," he said.
He then narrated to how he finally confessed his true feelings to Nadine on February 11. (READ: How James Reid and Nadine Lustre became an official couple)
“It was very romantic… we were surrounded by wine bottles, kind of like a cellar. And I said ‘Bet you don’t know I could be like this?’ Because before I was never sweet to her. So it’s different when I’m being sweet… it’s different when I’m in love," James said.
"And I thought I said 'oh no! I shouldn’t have said that.' I don’t want to say it. She asked 'why are you in love? ' And then I said, 'I am gonna say it ‘yes I am.'"
After a quiet moment, Nadine later on told him she liked him, too.
James also shared that he initially wanted to say it during their concert, while everyone – including his best friend, the ABS-CBN staff, and Viva Management – had no idea what he was up to.
JaDine for real
Now that they are a real couple, James felt liberated to be able express his feelings for Nadine.
"It was so liberating. I mean, before in the past, when I dated girls I always had to keep it a secret. It is so difficult. For once being with her, [being able to] just scream it out, the whole country watching…it felt so satisfying," he shared.
Nadine, on the other hand, admitted she wanted to keep the relationship quiet, in spite of reports that they were already seen being affectionate to each other after their return from the US.
“Ang daming nagtatanong, like, there are tweets na when we got back from the States na parang, 'sila na?' and all that. (A lot of people were asking like, there are tweets that when we got back from the States, whether we were together and all that.)
“I got really worried kasi... I want us to be private as possible. Para tahimik, walang gulo." (Just quiet, no issues.)
But after she and James talked, she realized that it was okay to be open.
“Parang na-realize ko, oo nga, ‘no. Parang gusto ko nga yung feeling. Kasi we don’t have to lie, ganun,” she said. (But I realize, maybe it's okay. I kind of like the feeling. Because we don't have to lie.)
James said that after he asked permission from Nadine's parents to court her, her dad was very happy and even gave both of them some wise words.
He also said that being with Nadine is already a lesson in itself for him.
"I feel like the person I am in love with, the choice of the person I’m in love with, is already me learning a lesson... And Nadine, I got to know her inside and out first before I fell in love with her... I think she’s so beautiful no matter what she does," he added.
James also said that he's not worried about becoming too used to a relationship to the point that it's neglected, because they started as friends and still treat each other like friends. He said, "I see her in my life for a long time."
When asked if they had messages for each other, James told his partner: "What I find attractive in a girl is passion and drive – someone that’s with ambition. Just like me, I have ambitions, I have a drive to get to places, so I want someone to be able to do that with. So I guess my message to you is never to lose your passion, never lose that drive, and always love yourself first."
Nadine meanwhile said: "I want to say thank you for everything. Because there are times talaga na sobrang wala (that there's really nothing). As in I have issues talaga. And he knows that, and you make me happy, you make me smile. I look forward to [taping] even before because I get to see him and he gets to make me smile and happy, because you’re there. I’m happy because you’re pulling me up." – Rappler.com