Photos of a young boy together with his older boyfriend recently went viral on social media and it drew mixed reactions from netizens.
Fifteen-year-old James Stephen Nicdao is in a relationship with his 24-year-old partner, Runny Tiamzon.
James has recently been sharing photos of himself and his boyfriend on his Facebook, putting their love on display.
Most of the photos he shared showed their sweetness to each other but they triggered mixed reactions from netizens.
Many netizens expressed support for their relationship, while some expressed shock because of the relationship’s nonconformity.
Several netizens even dubbed Runny as a pedophile and a child molester since James is still a minor.
But in an interview with DailyPedia, James said they both love each other and their parents know about their relationship.
“Legal po kami sa mga parents namin… Hindi naman importante kung sino ka at kung ano ang age gap ninyong dalawa, ang importante dun ay iyong nagmamahalan kayo ng tapat at hindi na baleng pareho kayo ng kasarian as long as wala kayong tinatapakan na ibang tao,” the teenager said.
“Go lang Ipaglaban ninyo lang pagmamahalan ninyo. May kasabihan nga na ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ ‘wag tayo agad humusga magmahal na lang kayo dahil ‘di naman din tayo perpekto,” he added.
According to James, he met Runny on a social dating app for gay people.
The teenager said the moment he saw him, he liked Runny right away.
“Dahil mukha naman siyang kind person and mapagmahal and higit sa lahat respectful at nandun nga sa kanya ‘yun. Hindi ako nagkamali,” he noted.
James said they have been together for three months now.
“And marami pang years ang pagdaraanan naming dalawa together… Maraming humuhusga about sa relationship namin but hindi po kami nagpapa-apekto dahil age doesn’t matter naman po,” he said.
“Free to love lang… Lahat po tayo pwedeng magmahal kahit sino man ‘yan o ano man ‘yan… Fight! Fight! Fight lang kami lagi ng partner ko,” he added.
When asked for his message for Runny, James said, “Huwag tayong makinig sa sinasabi ng iba pakinggan lang natin kung ano iyong nararamdaman ng puso nating dalawa.”
“Oo, di man tayo perpekto di tayo tanggap ng iba pero nandiyan pa rin ang parents and friends natin para suportahan tayo sa laban nating dalawa and sa relationship natin,” he went on.
“Be strong and happy lang. Sa pinakamamahal kong BF lagi kong sinasabi yan. Don’t get affected. Lahat ng ‘yon malalagpasan. Tiwala lang basta ako mahal na mahal kita Hal (Runny) ko. Habang buhay na,” he added.