The queen has finally confirmed her king!
Nadine Lustre has delighted fans with a surprise Instagram posting of her rumored beau, Christophe Bariou. Her romance with the Siargao-based French entrepreneur and surfer has been circulating for a while now, but Nadine's recent posting has seemingly confirmed their relationship.
According to Bariou's Facebook account, he comes from the Saint-Michel-sur-Orge commune in France. He is also the founder and managing director of Maison Bukana, a boutique resort in Sitio Lisob, Siargao.
The actress captioned the celebratory shot with a simple top hat and magic wand emojis, with the grand reveal's comments section filled with praises and well-wishes from fellow celebrities and fans alike.
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For many eagle-eyed Nadine fans, the pair have actually been leaving behind little clues of their relationship for some time now.
Are you caught up with their sightings and casual Instagram Stories? Here's a timeline of Nadine and Christophe's low-key relationship.
August 2021 - Siargao sightings
Lustre and Bariou first turned heads in August of 2021 after being seen together in Siargao. At the time, Lustre had been spending a lot of time on the island with her mini-showbiz hiatus.
In the photos, the pair can be seen spending time together, but keep their distance in public
Nadine Lustre and Cristophe Bariou kumain sa karinderya sa siargao. How sweet! ??? Hindi naman pala sobrang tangkad ni cristophe. Saka wala na ba syang ibang shorts? ?? yung white sando ginaya ba yan? ?? pic.twitter.com/BvmEn0W61r— namdosan (@nam_d0_san) August 14, 2021
Though the actress kept quiet about her relationship score, her ex-boyfriend James Reid alluded to her dating again during an interview with Boy Abunda.
When asked if he was ready to see Lustre dating someone new, Reid said: “I don’t think anyone in that situation is excited to see their ex with someone else, but you know, that’s not my choice. It can’t be my choice but if magically I had to decide whether or not she’d be with someone, of course, I wish her the best, I want her to be happy."
"I’m not her husband, neither am I her father, so she can do whatever makes her happiest."
Lustre and Reid announced their breakup in January of 2020.
October 2021 - Makati dates
This time around, Lustre and Bariou were seen off the island and looking a lot closer as they were seen holding hands in a mall in Makati while holding shopping bags.
November 2021 - Instagram debut and meeting the family
Confirming their connection, Lustre went on to soft-launch (AKA subtly reveal a partner) Bariou through filtered Instagram Stories showing a wacky side to their relationship.
Further fueling the dating rumors, the actress' father, Ulysses Lustre, shared family vacation photos on Facebook. Bariou can be clearly seen standing by her side and beaming with the rest of the Lustre clan.
Meanwhile, on Nov. 12, Bariou made his subtle debut on Nadine's Instagram grid with a photo of the surfer looking across the sunset.
December 2021 - Spending the holidays together and Odette relief efforts
With Typhoon Odette entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Dec. 14 and wreaking havoc on southern and central regions of the country, Christophe and Nadine returned to Siargao during the holidays to give aid to the island.
Working with Greenpeace Philippines, Nadine set up solar-powered charging stations on the battered island. She also asked her fans for donations and goods she could bring to the island.
"I'm just really happy everyone is helping with each other and there's a lot of people outside the island who want to hep as well. It's really nice because earlier when we were setting up, there was a table that was a bit wobbly and it's the kids who helped me fix it. They're the ones hammering the nails to get it stable," Nadine said in a Dec. 23 video from Greenpeace.
Meanwhile, Bariou also posted about his relief operations that provided goods to the affected Siargao communities.
"We loaded our 2 boats early morning with 2 tons of rice, canned goods and sachets of basic necessities donated from « Oplan Tabang sa Siargao and it took us 1h30 of open sea to reach Mam-on, Suyangan and La Janosa," Bariou said.
"One after the other, we distributed equally the goods to around 450 families (at least 4kg of rice per family)."
After their Christmas in Siargao, the singer's father went on to share a video of Christophe helping out in the Media Noche "New Year Cook Show" of the Lustre family.
Congratulations to the happy couple!