KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde are without a doubt one of the favorite inspirations of an Instagram-able couple. From photoshoots with giant teddy bears and rollercoaster rides to slaying the red carpet, these two know how to make people “ooh” and “aww” at their relationship.
Beyond the snapshots, however, their tandem also shares a deep passion in music. We all know KZ’s journey as a singer, meanwhile TJ is a singer-songwriter from Cagayan de Oro. She even featured in one of his songs from last year entitled Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin.
But how did their love story really begin? On an episode of Magandang Buhay, it was revealed that KZ’s co-X Factor hopeful Kedebon Colim was actually the mutual friend responsible.
For a time, Kedebon lived at KZ’s place to relax and unwind. It was also then when he met TJ through Martin Nievera. The “Kahit Isang Saglit” singer worked in the same label as TJ and was the former mentor of Kedebon on X Factor Philippines. TJ took a shot and asked if Kedebon were friends with KZ, to which the Cebuano singer answered yes and revealed that he was living at her house.
Although, nothing happened right away because there was a point when KZ thought that TJ was Kedebon’s boyfriend. This was when Kedebon started to stay at TJ’s place instead and she rarely saw her friend anymore.
Eventually, the mutual friend acted as a bridge and introduced the two to each other. He told KZ that TJ wanted to meet her, and the other way around to TJ.
They started off as friends, but that didn’t last long. Two years later, he began courting her. Fast forward to another year and the couple called it official.
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