When it comes to love, many believe that age is just a number. While some are really keen to be with someone who is roughly as old or at least in the same generation as they are, there are others who do not fret much whether they end up with someone who’s older or younger than them, or even with someone to whom they have a huge age difference with, as long as there’s genuine love.
Among them are the celebrity couples we listed in this Kapamilya Snaps feature, who, despite being seven years or more apart when it comes to their ages, are endearing us with how they’re able to keep their relationship strong and very much blissful.
Michelle Vito and Enzo Pineda: 7 years
It was in 2019 when Michelle and Enzo became close with each other as they worked together in the daytime drama series Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit. As the romance between their characters blossomed on-screen, the same apparently happened off-cam as rumors about them dating surfaced after they posted a series of sweet Instagram photos. The two eventually confirmed their relationship in August 2020.
This year, Michelle will turn 27 in October, while Enzo will be 34 in August.
Jane Oineza and RK Bagatsing: 8 years
Arguably one of the celebrity couples we didn’t see coming are Jane and RK, who surprised fans when he posted a video of him and Jane sharing a quick kiss and taking on a TikTok dance challenge in 2021. The Nag-aapoy na Damdamin star further made their relationship Instagram official through a post, describing her beloved boyfriend as her “source of happiness”. It can be recalled that they first worked together in the afternoon soap opera Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi in 2018.
This year, Jane will turn 28 in July, while RK will be 36 in May.
Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto: 8 years
The beginning of their relationship might have sparked a hullabaloo, but Gerald and Julia are able to prove that love can definitely conquer all as they have remained strong and happily in love for a few years now.
It was in 2021 when Gerald admitted their relationship during a one-on-one interview with the King of Talk Boy Abunda, two years after working together in the movie “Between Maybes.” Since then, the couple have openly shown their affection for each other through Instagram posts and YouTube vlogs.
This year, Julia will turn 27, while Gerald will be 35 as both of them celebrate their birthdays in March.
Charlie Dizon and Carlo Aquino: 9 years
Another celebrity couple we didn’t expect to bloom is Charlie and Carlo, who worked together in the 2023 flick “Third World Romance.” They were initially rumored to be dating after she posted a group photo with him and her friends in December 2022. This was followed by snaps from their trip to Japan in early 2023, including a video uploaded by Carlo featuring Charlie happily taking a stroll in the streets of Tokyo. He wrote in the caption, “TokYou have my heart.”
It was in July 2023 when the Pira-Pirasong Paraiso actress admitted in a talk show that Carlo is indeed already her boyfriend. Since then, the two have been spotted taking on the world together through their travels in which Carlo serves as Charlie’s photographer, or the so-called “Instagram boyfriend.”
This year, Charlie will turn 28 in April, while Carlo will be 39 in September.
Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia: 10 years
From being co-hosts in It’s Showtime, romance eventually bloomed between Billy and Coleen, which the madlang people were able to witness from the time it began. It was in 2014 when he admitted their relationship to their co-hosts, who teased them about wearing identical shoes in an episode of the noontime show.
They tied the knot in 2018 and gave birth to their firstborn Amari in September 2020. This year, Coleen is turning 32 in September, while Billy will mark his 42nd birthday in May.
Sam Milby and Catriona Gray: 10 years
Although 2020 was a tough year for many of us, it’s actually a memorable one for Sam and Catriona since that was when they announced their relationship. On his 36th birthday, Sam posted a sweet polaroid snap of them, which he captioned, “Worth every second of the wait. Most special birthday yet.”
We might not see them attending an event together prior to that, but the Miss Universe 2018 titleholder explained in a previous interview on Tonight With Boy Abunda that she and Sam became friends because they go to the same church and are under the same management.
In February 2023, Catriona and Sam shared a photo of themselves holding cups that said “Mr. Milby” and “Future Mrs. Milby” to announce their engagement. Both of them are hitting their milestone birthdays this year, with Catriona turning 30 last January, and Sam entering his 40s in May.
Zanjoe Marudo and Ria Atayde: 10 years
Being in the same circle of friends, it wasn’t completely surprising that Zanjoe and Ria have developed a romantic connection. They were first rumored to be dating in August 2022 after they went on a trip to New York together. While both of them kept mum, it was Ria’s mother, veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez, who confirmed that the two were romantically involved.
Since then, Ria and Zanjoe have been openly sharing more sweet snaps together. He has also been spending time with her family during holidays and special occasions. This year, the Nag-aapoy na Damdamin star will turn 32 this March, while the Dirty Linen actor will be 42 in July.
Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola: 11 years
Luis and Jessy have gone on to become one of the most well-loved real-life pairs in showbiz. They dated for around five years before getting married in a private civil ceremony in 2021 and eventually welcoming their firstborn Isabella Rose in December 2022.
This 2024, the I Can See Your Voice host will turn 43 this April, while the actress will be 32 in December. They’re expected to hold their church wedding this year, in which Baby Rosie will take on the role of the “little bride,” as Jessy disclosed in a recent interview with the press.
Vice Ganda and Ion Perez: 14 years
After a series of heartbreaks, Vice has finally found her true love in Ion Perez, whom she’s been with for a few years now. It was on the 10th anniversary celebration of It’s Showtime in 2019 when she declared their relationship, much to the delight of their fans and ardent shippers. Since then, the two have been more open in showing the world their genuine love for each other.
It can be recalled that Ion gained popularity and became close to the Unkabogable Star when he was tapped to be the “Kuya Escort” in a couple of segments. But prior to this, they first crossed paths in 2018 when he appeared in an episode of Gandang Gabi Vice as part of the studio audience.
The two got engaged in February 2020 and exchanged vows in a private ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October 2021. This year, Vice will mark her 48th birthday, while Ion will turn 34 in November.
Jhong Hilario and Maia Azores: 15 years
We may not know much about the beginnings of their love affair, but what we’re aware of is how Jhong and Maia fought for their relationship in order to earn the approval of her parents, considering the huge age gap between them and the nature of his work. The It’s Showtime host announced his relationship with Maia in June 2014.
In the end, they’re able to prove that their relationship is definitely worth fighting for as they have been together for around a decade now. In March 2021, the couple welcomed their daughter Sarina, who has been stealing hearts with her irresistible cuteness and adorable talent.
This year, Jhong will turn 48, while Maia will be 33 in April.
Maris Racal and Rico Blanco: 24 years
Sealing off this list are Maris and Rico, who also have the biggest age difference among the celebrity couples featured here.
Fans were totally surprised when they announced their relationship in May 2021, particularly because the Can’t Buy Me Love actress is 24 years younger than the OPM rock icon. But despite the huge age gap, there’s no doubt that the Kapamilya star and the former Rivermaya frontman are so happy and very much in love with one another.
It was in April 2019 when Maris and Rico collaborated on their first song together titled “Abot Langit.” Amid the dating rumors about them in 2021, her tweet about Rico in 2017 resurfaced in which she wrote, “Hay Rico Blanco when will I hear you sing live. (red heart emoji).”
This 2024, Maris will be 27, while Rico will turn 51.
Indeed, these celebrity couples are great examples that age is definitely just a number, especially when it comes to love!