Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (MNS photo)

Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (MNS photo)

Ang hirap labanan, eh.”

These were Gerald Anderson’s words in recalling his relationship with Kim Chiu during their time as a “love team,” which ended in 2010 amid the controversy surrounding their breakup.

The 24-year-old actor said his on-screen tandem with Chiu, unlike most on television at the time, was “different” because of how it was formed.

“Well, ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ palang e. Doon kami nag-start talaga,” he said, referring to the reality TV show where they rose to fame in 2006. “Pero kasi ‘PBB’ is a reality show, so hindi siya ‘yung pinartner kami o ‘yung kumuha sila [ng mga aktor] para [ipares].”

That’s why naging phenomenal din po ‘yung ‘Kimerald,’ it’s because it’s natural. Parang nangyari lang sa loob ng isang bahay,” he said.

Not long after they exited the famous yellow house – Chiu was the edition’s grand winner, while Anderson finished 3rd – the two were tapped to topbill the drama series “Sana Maulit Muli” the following year.

Noong lumabas kami, doon ako nahirapan kasi kailangan na naming umarte! Parang mas gusto ko ‘yung totoong buhay na lang,” Anderson said, laughing.

“Mahirap [kasi] hindi ako sure kung ito ‘yung gusto ko,” he added. “But because of the love team, kung ano ‘yung meron kami personally is what really kept me going din, e. Sobra kaming nag-jibe, sobrang saya namin. So parang patas lang. Pantay ‘yung hirap at ‘yung saya.”

Due to the success of their first TV series together, “Kimerald,” as they were referred to by their fans, were cast opposite each other in several other soaps—“My Girl” in 2008, “Tayong Dalawa” in 2009, and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” in 2010.

Their “love team” was also tested on the big screen via “I’ve Fallen For You” in 2007, and “Paano Na Kaya” and “Till My Heartaches End,” both released in 2010.

Anderson credited the popularity of his tandem with Chiu to their chemistry. “It’s both sides talaga, e. I think it’s the chemistry naming dalawa. Siyempre, hindi po mag-si-survive ang isa kung wala ‘yung isa kasi we had great chemistry,” he said. (MNS)