"Worth every second of the wait. Most special birthday yet," the actor wrote as a caption on Instagram to a sweet photo of him and the beauty queen-singer.
Some people on Twitter were elated with the announcement of Catriona’s new relationship with Sam, expressing their kind words towards the new couple.
However, there are some who still have not jump shipped, tweeting about what could have been between Catriona and her ex-boyfriend Clint Bondad.
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THAT CATRIONA AND SAM MILBY IS NOT IN A RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE IF THEY ARE, I WILL FREAKIN' CRY!!!— CY ^__^ (@mezekzek) May 23, 2020
I STILL WANT CLINT BONDAD FOR HERRRRR!!!!!
If i were to choose between Sam Milby and Clint Bondad, i would choose Clint cuz He was with Catriona Gray when Catriona was just a simple person struggling to be a successful person. Now, she's Miss Universe 2018 and Sam Milby's showing up.— XAXAYAYAZAZA (@XAXAYAYAZAZA) May 24, 2020
During Catriona’s homecoming return to the Philippines last February 2019, she had an interview with the King of Talk Boy Abunda. In that interview, it could be recalled that Catriona confirmed that she was single and had broken up with Clint after 6 years of being together. She also noted that she wanted to be single for the time being.
A month prior, however, fresh from winning the coveted Miss Universe crown, Catriona was spotted with her father and Sam Milby and photos of them together circulated online. It was then picked up by numerous entertainment websites.
However, Cornerstone president Erickson Raymundo, who represents both Sam and Cat, said the two artists’ meeting was “coincidental” as he invited them in his Tanay farm for two separate reasons. Erickson also explained that the two were acquaintances and were attending the same church and bible study group.
Sam was also one of the many proud Filipinos who congratulated Catriona through Instagram over her Miss Universe triumph, with some followers of the actor saying that they would look good as a couple.
The dating rumor, though it died down a bit, did not really go away.
And now after more than a year later, it’s proven to be true.
The semi confirmation of their dating status came in the form of Catriona’s video birthday message to Sam.
The live birthday video chat, hosted by Sam Milby’s best friend, actor-director John Prats and comedian Pooh, happened last Friday, May 22. It was posted on Cornerstone’s official Facebook page.
"I hope that you have an amazing year ahead. I wish you more birthdays, more happiness. You are loved by so, so many," Queen Catriona said in her video greeting.
After his giddy reaction, Pooh and John started teasing Sam, who then replied to the greeting.
"Basta I'm kilig sa message, super kilig sa message. Hindi ko in-expect talaga na mag-message," he said. “Thank you. Yes, you are very special. Very special.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM MILBY
Kilig overload!😍 Isa ka din ba sa mga kinilig sa naging reaction ni Sam Milby sa message ni Catriona? Member ka na din ba ng Team #CatSam? Pwes, panuorin niyo ito at balikan ang nakakakilig na eksena kahapon! For sure, nakangiti ka habang pinapanuod ‘to!💕Posted by Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. on Friday, May 22, 2020
The next day, May 23, which was Sam’s birthday, came the actual confirmation. It came, this time, in the form of an Instagram post by The birthday boy himself.
Celebrity colleagues then replied with their congratulatory messages.
As of writing, Catriona has yet to post anything about her relationship with Sam.