In November 2019, then real-life sweethearts Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli brought the netizens into a euphoric frenzy after the latter posted on Instagram a photo of them together which he captioned, “I love you my love, now and forever.”
While he didn’t divulge further details about it, everyone concluded that the they’re already engaged as what seemed to be a sparkling diamond ring was spotted on her left finger as she gestured strangling her dashing fiancé. But the speculations were confirmed after his adorable younger brother Paolo re-posted his post and wrote, “Congrats. They were engaged for about a year now. It was just a secret”. Then in a separate story, he said, “Nobody found out” along with a ring emoji.
Knowing the journey Sarah and Matteo went through to fight for their love, many were indeed thrilled to hear the news and were excited to anticipate when the actual wedding would take place.
And from this secret engagement came the controversial secret wedding in February, wherein Sarah and Matteo tied the knot in a private ceremony in Taguig City. Amid all the discussions about what took place in the surprise nuptials and the incidents that transpired, Sarah and Matteo’s love for each other indeed prevailed.
To celebrate this union, let’s look back at those key, endearing milestones in their relationship.
It can be recalled that it was in 2014 when they admitted their relationship through separate interviews, but it was Sarah who was the first one to speak up about it to everyone’s delight and astonishment.
Before working together for the first time in the 2011 Star Cinema romantic flick “Catch Me I’m In Love,” Matteo confessed during his interview with DJ Jai Ho on Jeepney TV’s Showbiz Pa More that she used to be her ultimate crush and they already met prior to that. He was then an up-and-rising artist fresh from being a kart racer, while she’s already created her mark in the local entertainment scene as a multi-faceted artist and a two-time box-office queen.
According to him, their first meeting was in one of her shows in Batangas, which was made possible by his close friend Billy Crawford and one of the administrators of Sarah’s fan club Popsters. Despite being a celebrity, he humbly waited for his turn to meet-and-greet her and to have his picture taken with her, and even sat with Popsters during the program proper.
Although it was already his chance to be closer to his crush during the filming of the said movie, the 29-year-old actor, who thrilled us with his most recent Kapamilya teleserye appearances on Dolce Amore in 2016 and Bagani in 2018, imparted that he was a bit shy then. Little did he knew that the universe was yet to conspire for romance to come through between them as their paths crossed anew when he was tapped to join the 31-year-old artist in her concert tour in the United States.
He admitted still feeling bashful to come close to the Popstar Royalty in their every performance knowing her status and that her parents were also there. Thus, he was shocked when he heard that Mommy Divine noticed how he seemed to awkwardly behave on-stage. And we guess, it’s safe to say that that’s when their intimate connection began, both physically and figuratively.
And after going through several heartbreaks and challenges in the past, Sarah has finally found the man who would tell her that “forever’s not enough for me to love you” and “ang ningning ng mga tala’y nakikita ko sa’yong mga mata”. Even though they were never spotted sharing the same stage in the recent years, their shippers and other onlookers were quick to snap candid photos of them during their public and private appearances, just like the images we included in this gallery.
May your forever love shine even more, Sarah and Matteo!
Catch Sarah weekly on ASAP Natin ‘To noontime on Sundays on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z Channel 11.