Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Heart Evangelista (MNS Photo)

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Heart Evangelista (MNS Photo)

MANILA, July 11 (Mabuhay) – TELEVISION actress Heart Evangelista maintained she’s not yet ready to settle down anytime soon.

Heart dismissed reports that she and boyfriend Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero have already been talking about marriage and raising a family. She said Chiz won’t ask her hand for marriage now.

“Hindi niya gagawin yun kasi alam niyang hindi pa ako ready. Ngayon ko pa lang bini-build yung empire ko, alangan namang maudlot pa,” she said.

Heart added: “He’s allowing me to grow as a woman and experience life being independent. I’m sure he will know when is the perfect time, but definitely not anytime soon.”

Heart has since moved out of her parents’ home. She still hasn’t spoken to her parents after the controversy involving them and Chiz.

“We’re just giving it time. There are a lot of things that we need to do on our own. Hindi naman ibig sabihin nun na hindi namin mahal yung isa’t-isa but I think it’s what’s best for us right now,” she said.

Heart said she appreciates herself more while living alone.

“Sometimes, it’s hard but there are things in life na kailangan mo talagang pagdaanan para tumapang ka at matuto ka. Nakikilala ko yung sarili ko, alam ko yung hangganan ko, kung hanggang saan ko kaya and it’s good kasi nakaka-develop siya ng stronger character sa akin,” she said. (MNS)