Paulo Avelino (MNS Photo)

Paulo Avelino (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) -– Actor Paulo Avelino caught everyone by surprise when he revealed that he is currently dating actress KC Concepcion.

Although he was initially hesitant to open up about his private life, Avelino nonetheless confirmed on national television that he and Concepcion are friends and that he likes the actress.

“Yes [we are friends]. Yes [I like her], we are dating. I just want to keep things private,” he said.

Asked how long have they known each other, Avelino said: “Matagal na kaming magkakilala. First work ko here sa ABS, ‘MMK’ with her. That was two years ago.”

Because of his admission, Avelino topped the local trending topics of Twitter as netizens expressed their surprise with the actor’s revelation.

The “Honesto” actor added that he did not get jealous when Concepcion when out on a group date with NBA cager Chandler Parsons.

“Me as a person, hindi rin talaga ako seloso. I try to think about things first before I really say anything or just bring it out,” he said.

Furthermore, Avelino noted that it was Concepcion herself who said that she and the American athlete are just friends.

“Nasabi naman niya yung totoo, [na they are friends] so wala naman siguro problema,” he said.

Son with LJ

Meanwhile, Avelino opened up about his son with former girlfriend, actress LJ Reyes.

It was only recently when Avelino confirmed in a press conference that he and Reyes have already ended up their relationship although they continue to remain friends for their son.

“I want to protect the privacy of my son. I want him to have a simple life, a normal life. Kapag may sarili na siyang isip and sabihin niya na gusto niyang mag-showbiz or magtanong siya, choice niya na rin iyon,” he said.

Avelino said he treasures being a father and that he spends all his free time with his son.

“Kapag wala po akong trabaho, I don’t really think of it as my responsibilities as a dad. Siyempre kapag mahal mo ang anak mo, ginagawa mo na lang iyon kasi gusto mo makita anak mo, gusto mo siya makitang masaya, gusto mo siyang turuan ng values,” he explained. (MNS)