ICYDK, netizens started buzzing about their rumored relationship in January after a set of IG Stories circulated of them being all playful during a dinner party at Derek's house. A few weeks later, they were spotted vacationing in Batangas and going on a road trip with Ellen's son Elias in mid-February.
In an exclusive interview with PEP, the two shared how their romance blossomed from the time those cozy dinner party pics came out in January, where Derek reveals there was an instant spark.
"It’s not a normal relationship. Hindi siya yung may parang ligawan," Derek said.
What started as a daily invitation for the neighbors to work out eventually led to actual dates, with Derek taking the initiative. "Ako lagi ang nag-aaya," he clarified.
When asked when their monthsary was, they didn't mention when exactly but Derek hinted that they dated for around a month. "Well, 'di ba, sabi niya, one month, feels like one year."
In that one month, Derek and Ellen shared that there hasn't been a dull moment and they've actually had their share of good times and tampuhan, just like any other couple.
"May relasyon kami, oo," Derek confirmed.