Matteo Taking It Slow With Jessy

Containing his feelings for Jessy Mendiola is hard to do but Matteo Guidicelli insists on taking it one day at a time with his leading lady, dismissing the possibility of romance between them anytime soon.

“Kami ni Jessy, sobrang close kaming dalawa. If there’s friendship, we are a little above that,” the “Paraiso” actor revealed in his live interview on “The Buzz,” Sunday.

“But not yet lovers?” host Boy Abunda asked Matteo, to which he agreed.

Matteo also addressed the issue of a photo that shows Jessy hugging him from behind.

The photo, posted by Twitter user @TG_Cebu on Feb. 2, shows a woman, who is said to be Jessy, giving Matteo a sort of bear hug. The caption read: “Matteo at Jessy kaninang umaga stolen shot whats the meaning of diz ♥.”

And? “Yes, it is Jessy, no other than Jessy Mendiola,” Matteo admitted.

In a separate interview, Jessy spoke of the rumored romance.

“Agad-agad kami na? Hindi ba pwedeng ligawan muna?

“Si Matteo kasi… ewan ko, siguro antay-antay muna kami.”

The Kapamilya actress revealed that Matteo has been singing what could be deemed as songs that are pregnant with meaning.

“Minsan kinakantahan niya ako. Pupuntahan niya ako sa set, lalapitan niya ako, ‘Alam mo, I have a song for you.’ Ako naman parang, ‘What’s your song?’ ‘Take it slow…’ Tapos maya-maya kakanta, ‘I have a song for you.’ Tapos maya-maya ‘It Might Be You’ na naman ang kakantahin niya.”

Jessy, though her Instagram account senorita_j, has also been posting her and Matteo’s photos together; something that has further fanned the flames, so to speak.

Matteo, for his part, believes that “everything, especially love, has to be taken slow and carefully” because “[the] slow things are the things that really last long.”

Nonetheless, the actor-athlete described Jessy as “amazing.”

“That’s why I’m controlling myself because I might just fall in love again… [I want to take it] very slow,” he said.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Matteo shared his plan of spending it with Jessy. “We are going to go watch a concert together.”

Discussing his state of heart, Matteo couldn’t label his feelings for Jessy as yet.

“Let’s just say, one year na kaming magkasama ni Jessy and ‘yung mga pinagdaanan namin, I don’t think it can be replaced or I could forget because the things we’ve gone through, sa isla sa ‘Paraiso,’ all the emotions that we’ve given to each other, I’m never gonna forget and it means so much to me,” he said.

Asked if he is already in love with her, Matteo said: “Let’s just say [I'm] getting there… We’ll never know when that day comes. Like what I’ve told Jessy, ‘let’s just take it slow.’ So we’ll see.”

Matteo’s last relationship was in 2012 with Maja Salvador while Jessy was most recently linked to JM de Guzman.

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