MANILA — Lucy Torres-Gomez remembers vividly the first time she shared a meal with the man of her dreams, who now happens to be her husband of 20 years.
On Valentine’s Day, the model-turned-politician recalled that time in 1993, when she and actor Richard Gomez worked together for the first time for a TV ad. At the time, unknown to Richard, Lucy had been “in love” with him for years.
Sharing photos of them during that fateful day, Lucy addressed Richard in her caption, narrating: “The first time we sat down to a meal — lunch break during the first shooting day of the first storyboard of our first TVC together.
“I did not particularly like vegetables back then and you noticed I had eaten everything else on my plate but the carrots. ‘You don’t like carrots? Try them, they’re good for the body.’ I ate every last bit, not really tasting them, just getting them down. I needed to do that anyway because, frankly, I couldn’t breathe.”
Lucy continued: “I’ve loved you since I was 12, after all, and finally you were beside me. Real. Asking me to eat my vegetables. Plus earlier that day, on set indoors and under the light of the sun, your eyes were so beautiful, piercing. And I’d sometimes catch you staring at me, a little too long, a little too hard. Everything was a blur but you.”
At the time, Lucy was 18, and had followed the showbiz career of Richard for six years. Only her sister Caren, who was her chaperone during the shoot, knew Lucy’s feelings for the man who would become her husband.
“Happy Valentine’s Day, my love. And cheers to many more meals we shall share together,” Lucy wrote, tagging the Instagram account of her husband.
Five years after that TV commercial shoot, Lucy and Richard got married in 1998, and two years later, welcomed their unica hija, Juliana.