At the media launch of her latest single "Ate Sandali," Maris Racal spoke to PEP about her relationship with Rico Blanco. It can be recalled that Maris confirmed in May 2021 that she and Rico were dating, and netizens had mixed reactions to the news. Some found the couple's 25-year age gap unsettling, while others were supportive because the singer-actress has long been a huge fan of the OPM rock icon and record producer.
As for the people who don't approve of the relationship, Maris doesn't mind them all too much. She says it's because there have been more positive responses than negative ones. She was quoted as saying, "Yung reaction ng people and yung support nila for us is very overwhelming. It's something that I really did not expect. Kasi akala ko maraming magagalit, but baligtad yung nangyari."
Maris also revealed that her mom was the first person she talked to about officially dating Rico. She explained, "Kasi, medyo hindi typical yung relationship namin. Pinakauna ko talagang sinabihan si Mama and, surprisingly, naintindihan niya."
Maris added, "Hindi siya [the relationship] big conversation sa family."
It's worth noting too that for Maris, dating Rico hasn't proven anything yet about love and big age gaps. "Test of time talaga siya," said Maris. "[Sa] years talaga ibe-base."