Days after Kris Aquino spoke in The Buzz last Sunday, February 18, about the "issues" surrounding her marriage to basketball player James Yap, the public is left with more questions than answers.
"Naglabasan lang naman lahat nang ito," Kris said during her live interview, "noong may konting bulung-bulungan before my birthday. But noong birthday ko, umiyak ako. Akala ng lahat super happy sa birthday, di ba? ‘Tapos nakita ng lahat na may tensiyon na namamagitan sa amin ni James."
The tabloids and even the broadsheets speculated on the couple's "real" problems. Some wrote that James asked Kris for a Porsche, which reportedly triggered a big fight between the couple.
Others wrote about a more intriguing angle—a third party. James was said to be having an affair with an employee of the Belo Medical Group, and that the employee's name was Hope.
However, during the television interview Kris chose not to divulge the nature of her marital problems.
She explained, "Inaamin ko, nagkaproblema kami. Inaamin kong nasaktan ako. Pero ganito po iyon, e, in the past I have spoken very openly about my life because, number one, I had to defend myself or, number two, mayroong mga bagay na kailangan kong ipaliwanag.
"Ngayon, this is one instance na hindi ko kailangan i-defend ang sarili ko kasi wala po akong kasalanan. Asawa po ako, may pamilya kami, ako ‘yong nasaktan. So, anong kailangan kong i-defend? Pangalawa, kung mayroon akong kailangan ipaliwanag, lahat po ng mga paliwanag na kinailangan ko, naganap na sa loob ng tahanan namin."
Continuing, Kris said, "Alam n'yo ho, it's my decision to stay married. It's my decision to protect this marriage and to protect my family."
She also gave a stern warning: "At kung sino man ang magtatangka na wasakin ang pamilya ko, sinasabi ko sa iyo, at this point in my life, hindi kita papayagan na mag-succeed, for the simple reason na may bagong buhay kami na pinapasok sa mundong ito, e."
HOPE. A PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) source recently gathered information that Hope—the alleged third party to Kris's and James's relationship—is finally going to speak in GMA-7's entertainment talk show, Startalk, this Saturday, February 24.
Startalk host Lolit Solis was said to have been able to convince the former Belo Medical Group employee to say her piece about the issue. Lolit is a known ally of the clinic's proprietor, Dr. Vicki Belo. Lolit is also Kris's former manager.
In Mario Bautista's column in People's Journal on February 18, he wrote that Hope reportedly resigned from her position in the clinic after the stories of Kris's and James's marital problems surfaced.
Hope was allegedly upset because people were blaming her for the couple's falling out. Hope was saying that James was the one who pursued her, not the other way around. People around Hope also said that James was not the first celebrity to court the sexy Belo employee.
Rumors have also circulated that Hope's first on-screen interview was to reveal that she is pregnant and that James is the father.
Kris is about to give birth this May to her first baby with James.