After weeks of increasingly saccharine posts about each other on Instagram, actress Pitchanart “May” Sakakorn and Muangthong United Football Club star Chanathip “J” Songkrasin finally made it official earlier this month that they’re a couple.
Fans wavered between delight and concern – concern mostly because of the 13-year age gap between them. But, for May and J at least, age is not the problem.
“I was a little worried at first because I’m much older than J,” May, 35, tells Dara Daily. “We’ve talked about it, though, and I’m fine with it and he’s fine with it. So I don’t see that as a problem for us.
“The only problem right now is time. J has to train a lot and I don’t get to see him as often lately. I’d love to be there in the stands supporting him when he’s training, but I don’t want to distract him. He’s very determined and I respect that.”
Footie fans are presumably relieved to hear that J’s as dedicated to the game as ever and that his new sweetheart knows she shouldn’t get in the way.
Meanwhile May has already met his mother – at least in the sense of talking to her via a phone video app. “I really feel closer to J now that I’ve talked to his mum,” she says. “I haven’t got to meet her in person yet, though. We just talk briefly on Face Time, just saying hi and all that.
“I know a lot of my fans and J’s have different opinions about our relationship. Some approve and some don’t, but I’m not worried about it – everyone has the right to their own opinion. I just want to say thank those that gave us their blessing for all the support and understanding. After all, we’re just two people in love, nurturing our relationship along like most people do.”
Hot, maybe too brainy
After spending five years getting a PhD in political science last December, you’d think multi-talented Natthaweeranuch “VJ Ja” Thongmee might find a little time for love, but alas it’s still not on the cards for the 36-year-old actress.
“I’m not shutting myself off from the world or anything,” Ja tells Siam Dara when prodded on the subject. “I guess a lot of guys think I’m too ‘difficult’ to be worth approaching, especially now that I’ve got my PhD!
“Being in showbiz somehow makes you unapproachable – you’re in the spotlight and might seem glamorous or somehow larger than life. But I’m just a normal, simple girl, to be honest, and being in a showbiz or having a PhD doesn’t change that.
“Anyway, I’m quite happy at the moment with my special friend, who I talk to a lot.” And is this “special friend” going to become even more special?
“Well, I haven’t got the impression he’s courting me, and I don’t want to assume that every guy who talks to me is interested in me romantically. I don’t know if this will ever become something more, but I’m happy enough for now.”