Who can forget those sizzling holiday photos of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and race car driver Marlon Stockinger?
What a perfect match, right? And while they have initially denied all those dating rumors, it was only a matter of time until they admitted that they are indeed in a relationship: Clues abound on Instagram for months now, much to the kilig of their respective fans (and perhaps most of the world). Whether it was when Marlon referred to Pia as his "pride and joy," or when Pia asked people to support her cause or else she will stop posting photos of Marlon, every little hint made their shippers' hearts dance with glee.
“I’m glad that I finally met somebody who’s very secure with himself and who understands my job,” Pia told Dyan Castillejo as she confirmed her relationship with Marlon on January 16.
We take a look back on how a beauty queen found her prince in the form of a champion race car driver:
September 23, 2016: A New York encounter. Though they both have hectic schedules, the two met each other in New York and got to know each other better, as they were already old acquaintances even before Pia became Miss Universe. Their first selfie together caught everyone's attention, with Pia not confirming whether she has broken up with "Sexiest Doctor Alive" Mikhail Varshavski last May 17. Instead, Pia focused on promoting her advocacies.
October 9, 2016: Her Favorite Swiss. The caption is a reference to Marlon’s Swiss-Filipino heritage, and the post came a few days after Pia was accompanied by Marlon to a media event. The fact that Marlon took time to accompany Pia outside of his work schedule further fueled the rumors. Yet at this point, they still remained mum about their status.
October 23: Yes, they're dating. A month after their first selfie, Marlon confirmed that he was indeed dating Pia. At the 10th Star Magic Ball, he explained that they "just want to keep it on the down low." That being said, there's no doubt that they do care about one another: Low-key = less intrigues.
November 5: His pride and joy. Following up what he said during the 10th Star Magic Ball, he explained during his appearance on Family Feud that Pia is his pride and joy, and that he misses her (she was in New York that time). Even when they are far apart, they still think about each other... total awwww.
November 28: Reunited. But distance can never keep them apart: The two found time to be together in Singapore, and even had a lovely dinner date. "Saw the Marlion in Singapore," Pia said in her post.
January 1, 2017: A hot, hot New Year. The dinner date and night out in Singapore were apparently just a preview of all the feels this pair was about to give us. Leveling up their dating status, they spent the holidays in Hawaii, showcasing their beach-perfect bodies. "My kind of New Year's Eve," Pia said in her post, following up with "2017 will be just as good!"
Good things indeed take time to develop! "Now, I can be open about it. I’m not half-hearted," Pia told Boy Abunda.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/marlonstockinger and Instagram.com/piawurtzbach.