Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero (MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 26 (Mabuhay) — Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero can still vividly recall the first time they met.

Troy said that he was put on the spot by Kris Aquino during a televised interview and asked about his celebrity crush.

Eventually, he admitted that he had a crush on Aubrey.

“I was trying not to say it sa live kasi we don’t know each other,” he said.

As fate would have it, Aubrey was a co-host in the next program. After Troy’s interview, he visited her dressing room to ask for a photo with her.

“I don’t take pictures with anyone. It was actually, like, her camera, a real camera and not a cellphone camera,” he said. “I still have it.”

Their next meeting was arranged by Troy himself, unbeknownst to Aubrey — the two of them were paired during a guest appearance in another noontime show.

They had to dance together — the swing, Troy said, adding that it was a “nice way to meet.”

Aubrey, however, observed that Troy didn’t try to flirt with her.

“Hindi siya nagpi-flirt, ah. Kasi may mga guys na magpi-flirt sila sa tingin or sa hawak. Siya hindi. Akala mo lang kaibigan lang. Akala ko nga hindi niya ako gusto,” she said.

This made her doubt that Troy was telling the truth when Kris asked her about his celebrity crush, she said.

“Ako naman, parang, ‘Okay. Ako lang ba yung nagpapa-cute?'” she said. “Ganun siya. Sobrang gentle lang. Hindi siya yung flirt na alam niyang kinikilig ako nung time na yun.”

Eventually, after a series of run-ins, Troy finally asked for Aubrey’s number and sent her flowers while he was away.

“The intention was there,” he said.

According to Aubrey, Troy courted her for six or seven months before they officially entered a relationship.

“Feeling ko maiksi pa yun that time. Pero ngayon, parang ang haba na pala nun,” she said.

And now the couple of 18 years are finally engaged.

Troy popped the question to Aubrey in Boracay last March.

Aubrey has two children named Hunter and Rocket with Troy. Meanwhile, her eldest child John Maurie is her son with ex-boyfriend JP Obligacion. (MNS)

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