Benigno Dungon Perez or more popularly known by his stage name as the “Kuya Escort” Ion Perez recently talked about his one-year relationship with the famous Kapamilya TV host-comedian Vice Ganda.
The 28-year-old former model shared in an exclusive interview with entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz on how his love story with Vice started. Ion was caught off guard by Diaz, who is a known close friend, and Vice’s former talent manager while the two stay inside Vice Ganda’s van.
Ion also admitted that he didn’t expect to fall in love with him, as he only wants to be one of his friends, “Hindi ko inisip na darating kami sa ganito. [Inasahan ko na] maging kaibigan lang talaga na kung may problema siya, baka isa ako sa mga puwede niyang pagsabihan. Pero hindi ko talaga in-expect na darating kami sa ganito.”
He went on to share that he fell in love with his “It’s Showtime” co-host Vice Ganda because of his unique personality and extreme kindness.
“Hindi ko masisisi ang sarili ko, sobrang bait ni Vice. Hindi mo rin ako masisisi kung bakit ako na-in love sa kaniya, kasi sobrang bait niya talaga,” Ion continued.
In the same interview, he was asked by the entertainment columnist about his real gender identity, which Ion clarified that he is a straight guy.
After this question, the topic about same-sex marriage was also brought up by Ogie. He then asked him if they have already spoken about marriage.
To which Ion answered, “May time na pinag-uusapan, pero sabi namin, hindi namin kailangan magmadali, basta nagkakaintindihan kami ngayon, nagmamahalan kami. Darating din po siguro ‘yung time na ‘yon, ‘yung magpapakasal.”
Since Ogie already had children of his own, he also asked Ion if they’re also considering having their own child through surrogacy in the future.
“Ako, unang-una, nalilibang ako sa mga pamangkin ko… Pero kung sa kaniya po manggagaling… Ang sabi ko, kung saan siya masaya, masaya na rin ako. Wala namang magiging problema sa akin iyon,” he answered.
He also said he did not believe in “forever” before, but now he feels that he found that in the form of Vice.
“Dati, hindi ako naniniwala sa ‘forever,’ pero ngayon, nararamdaman ko na makakasama ko talaga siya nang matagal,” Ion added.
Ion also revealed that Vice Ganda’s mother, Mommy Rosario told him to take care of her “Tutoy,” “Alagaan ko raw si Tutoy, mahalin ko raw si Tutoy. Sabi ko, ‘Nay, sa abot ng aking makakaya, aalagaan ko at mamahalin ko si Tutoy.’”
Ogie Diaz also brought up the issue that there people who are accusing Ion that he is only using Vice for money and fame. He addressed this issue by saying, “Sa lahat ng nag-iisip na piniperahan ko si Vice Ganda, masasabi ko lang sa inyo, pakisamahan niyo lang ako sa maghapon. Kung may masabi kayo sa pag-uugali ko, sige, magpapakilala ako.”
When asked to give a message for his “girlfriend,” he said: “Hi, babe! ‘Diba lagi ko namang sinasabi sa’yo, mahal na mahal na mahal kita. Basta nandito lang ako. Hindi ako papaya na masaktan ang damdamin mo, dahil, babe, mahal na mahal kita.”
It was only last October 26, 2019, when Vice Ganda finally confirmed on national television that Ion Perez is his boyfriend, the two decided to keep their relationship a secret for a year.