Legendary Filipino folk singer Freddie Aguilar's date at the 5th Star Awards for Music held last Sunday, October 13 piqued the curiosity of many.
Aguilar, famous for his hit song 'Anak', received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event held at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.
Entertainment website PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) approached Freddie backstage after he received the award to ask about his date.
"I'm here with my girlfriend," Freddie confirmed in the local language. "She is also here with my son Jeriko's pregnant girlfriend."
The 60-year-old singer readily volunteered his current girlfriend's age.
"My girlfriend is..she's only 16," he said.
He relates: "I didn't know she was 16 when I courted her. When I found out, I said, "Well, that's that. What can I do?" Can I still back off when I've already fallen in love?"
The singer didn't mention the name of his 16-year-old girlfriend.
When asked about what her parents said, he replied: "Her parents have probably accepted it. They just told her, 'Be careful with that one, he's said to be a playboy!'"
"I will be careful, because if anyone complains, some people might have a field day."
"But I have the parents' consent," he said.
There is a 44-year age gap between Freddie and his girlfriend.
The singer related to PEP: "Actually, what's good about her is that she's trying hard to fit in with me. Meanwhile, I also try to meet her at her level. For instance, if she wants to go to Jollibee, I'll go with her. On the other hand, if I want to go for fine dining, she will go with me."
"If she wants to watch a movie, even if I don't want to watch a movie, I'll go with her - but as part of a group."
Asked whether he worries about being accused as a 'cradle snatcher', the music legend says: "I've already been accused of that. Remember my third wife? She was only 17 when she became my girlfriend."