Over the years, we've grown to love Rico Blanco's music from when he started out with Rivermaya in the '90s to becoming the OPM icon that he is now. But as for his personal life, specifically in the romance department, it seemed to be a topic that he never really opened up about—that is, until Maris Racal came along.
In a recent interview, Rico shared that he's "comfortable" in talking about his relationship with Maris because of their shared passion for music and gushed about how "serious" she is about her art: "I feel kasi also we're working in this space na she's doing music, I'm doing music. She's acting, she's serious about her craft. So baka doon ako nakahanap ng area na siguro comfortable ako pag-usapan, because it's not really a private thing, it's about something that we're both passionate about and so maybe 'yon yung window or 'yon yung doorway para mapag-usapan, 'yon yung something that might be considered private."
Rico went on to add that they "still keep a lot of things private" but are "excited to share when it's about music or it's about our art. So it's not really difficult."
He closed off the topic by saying, "I'm as surprised as you guys are," with a hearty laugh.
After collaborating in several songs over the past few years, Maris fueled dating rumors when she publicly greeted Rico for his 48th birthday in March 2021. A couple of months after, Maris admitted to being in a relationship with Rico. "Kami po ni Rico. I think basing sa post na ginawa ko, I think it's very obvious," she said referencing her viral birthday post. "Sa music naman po, nagkataon lang na medyo pareho kaming dalawa. That's why mabilis naming nakuha ang writing ng isa't isa. Before kasi nag-meet kami through that and then nagkaintindihan na."
This month alone, Rico and Maris performed together twice on the ASAP Natin 'To stage: the first was when Rico sang the new Pinoy Big Brother song "Pinoy Ako" with Maris dancing along with other PBB alums; and the second was when they performed their 2019 song "Abot Langit."
MORE ABOUT *MARIS + RICO* BELOW!