14 September 2003

South Africa: Abby And Gaetano's Love Continues Off the Air

Johannesburg — BIG BROTHERLY LOVE: Abby and Gaetano

THE sizzling love affair between Big Brother Africa couple Abby Plaatjes and Gaetano Kagwa is still on.

The couple - who were reunited on Sunday after three weeks apart - said this week that they were determined to carry on with their romance despite living in different countries.

And they are taking their relationship, which blossomed in the Big Brother house, so seriously that Gaetano this week introduced Abby to his father in Uganda.

Gaetano is due to meet Abby's parents next week when they return from Uganda, where they are touring as part of the Big Brother Africa road show .

A love-struck Abby said this week that her father, Brian Plaatjes - who was bitterly disappointed about his daughter's raunchy behaviour in the house - was "looking forward" to meeting her boyfriend.

Her mother, whom Abby confessed had reservations about her dating black men, was also "cool" about the intended meeting .

"My mother is cool. I didn't have to say anything . . . she said I was still her daughter and that she loved me. But I can't say she is excited and blown out of the water. My daddy is absolutely amazing. He is looking forward to meeting Gaetano," she said.

Abby and Gaetano shocked fans of the reality TV show by becoming the first couple to have sex in the house. But this week, the two were coy about their sexual liaisons, with Gaetano claiming that they kept their clothes on during heavy petting.

Gaetano said the movements under the blankets that were witnessed by viewers were only them "tossing and turning" because the room was hot. Abby claimed that she had made a "tent" with the blankets while they were frolicking in bed so that they could have privacy to "kiss".

But despite expressing their love for each other, the two were cautious this week about where the liaison was heading.

"Our relationship is still new, about three months old. We are taking things one day at a time. If it goes places, then that's great.

Relationships have ups and down and I am willing to make it work," said Gaetano.

Abby said she was attracted to her new beau because he was "gorgeous" and "intelligent".

"He's the hottest man in the house and he's mine. He's intelligent, he knows who he is . . . He is gorgeous and the whole continent knows."

Gaetano said that Abby's intelligence and her abilities in the kitchen were what turned him on. "She's very strong and a hard worker and she's got her flaws. It takes two to tango, she's a beautiful woman and we really like each other," he said.

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