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Playful banter, post-game hug, and other heart-fluttering moments of Kitty Duterte and Evan Nelle

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Dec 07, 2023 9:12 pm Updated Dec 07, 2023 10:13 pm

The ship has sailed for Kitty Duterte and Evan Nelle!

While the two have yet to confirm the real score between them, it's quite evident how sweet and caring they are for each other, especially in moments when they are in need of love and support. We saw it just recently, when the De La Salle University athlete's team won against the UP Fighting Maroons at the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball final.

In the middle of celebrating the win with his team and their supporters, Evan took a moment to give his rumored girlfriend, the daughter of former president Rodrigo Duterte, a warm hug. 

Evan and Kitty share a hug after the basketball player's UAAP game (Smart Araneta Coliseum / Facebook)

Kitty and Evan, also known as KitNelle, have been giving a glimpse of their unbreakable bond through kilig-inducing interactions online and offline. Here are some of their sweetest moments together so far, aside from their post-game hug.

Evan says Kitty keeps him 'sane and happy'

As an athlete with a challenging and draining sport like basketball, Evan needs all the support he can get to ensure that he's able to perform his best in every game. Kitty has been a source of encouragement for him.

In an interview, Evan admitted that Kitty has been very supportive when it comes to the things he loves.

“She's been with me through my journey. I thank her a lot. She keeps me sane and happy,” he said.

“Thanks for holding me down. You know everything I have to say. I just wanna say thank you to her because she was there for me,” he added in another interview.

Kitty, meanwhile, gushed about how proud she is of Evan in a separate interview: “Seeing all his hardwork and dedication, I’m really proud.”

Playful exchange online
Evan and Kitty watch a concert together (Evan Nelle / Instagram)

Social media users first speculated that there was romance brewing between Kitty and Evan after they had a playful exchange on social media.

The lighthearted banter took place in the comments section of Kitty’s Instagram reel of a behind-the-scenes video of herself posing for the camera from what appears to be a photoshoot.

The video was edited to have a black and white filter and had Doja Cat’s Paint The Town Red playing in the background.

“Paint the town red pero black and white? Galeng,” Evan joked in the comments section of the post.

Kitty then returned his quip with, “Ligo ka muna dyan.”

Holding hands at UST
@ayreenwp Kitty Duterte with her boyfriend Evan Nelle. 💕 @Veronica Duterte #kittyduterte😍 #kittyduterte #DLSU #evannelle #nelle ♬ original sound - Ayreen Ostria

The campus of the University of Santo Tomas is a great spot to hang out with your favorite person. Kitty and Evan did just that when they were spotted strolling through the UST grounds with their hands locked to each other.

The rumored pair was seen in a short clip uploaded by a TikTok user, who said it was taken after a game between De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas.

“Kitty Duterte with her boyfriend Evan Nelle,” the user wrote in the caption.

In the comments section, some noted how Kitty looked so happy hanging out with Evan, and it’s a no-brainer why.

Being cute while livestreaming
@diana77_88 #foryoupage #foryoupageofficiall #foryou #tiktokviral #trending #fyp #viralvideo @v duterte ♬ original sound - CelebrityClips🐐💎 - D

In case you didn’t know, Kitty has been selling some beauty products online, and she frequently gets Evan to help her when she livestreams the items for her followers and potential buyers. 

In one of the livestream sessions reuploaded by a social media user, Kitty borrowed Evan’s arm so she could smear lipstick on it. Instead of keeping still, however, Evan decided to get a little playful by scratching Kitty’s chin, much to her annoyance.

“Tigilan mo,” Kitty said.

Many users couldn’t help but be amused at their interaction.

“Napanood ko 'yan kagabi, ‘di naman ako bibili, napatambay ako sa sobrang kilig,” one user wrote.

“Invested na ako masyado sa relationship nila,” another one commented.

Dinner with Kitty's father
The rumored couple with Kitty's father, former president Rodrigo Duterte (Bong Go / Facebook)

Evan has shown that he's serious about Kitty as he has met his rumored girlfriend's dad.

In photos posted by Sen. Bong Go on social media, Evan can be seen having dinner with them at a local restaurant in Taguig City after attending Malacañang’s tribute concert for teachers in October this year.