Paulo Avelino confirmed that he and Filipino-Australian model, Jodie Elizabeth Tarasek are together now.
“Kami na (we’re officially dating),” he admitted to Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) when asked about the status of their relationship.
“Hindi ko na sasabihin kung kailan, pero kami na. Happy ako ngayon. (I won’t say when [we became official] but we’re now a couple. I am happy now),” the Gawad Urian Award-winning actor added.
Rumors about the two started when Avelino posted Instagram stories of him, teaching Filipino phrases to Tarasek.
He taught her how to pronounce words like “nakakapagpabagabag (worrisome)” and even taught the model a line from the song “Basang-Basa sa Ulan” by Aegis.
Avelino said he first met her through a mutual friend and described Tarasek as “Sobrang simple lang, yun ang isa sa mga reasons kung bakit sobra akong na-attract sa kanya (She’s very simple. That’s one of the reasons why I was attracted to her).”
According to Tarasek’s Instagram page, she is a Manila-based model who has starred in catalogue shoots and commercials.
Avelino is the father of 7-year-old Aki, his son from ex-girlfriend LJ Reyes. Prior to Tarasek, he also dated KC Concepcion and Natasha Villaroman.