So long as Dennis Trillo is hot, the buzz about his love life will never go out of style.
His recent breakup with actress Cristine Reyes is still one big talk of the town. The fact that they never did confirm that they were together makes it even more intriguing.
Initially, Cristine kept mum about the romance. But last July 24, she made a revelation to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal): "Hindi na kailangang aminin yung mga ganoong bagay dahil ayoko rin yung ibubulgar pa na, ‘Ay, kami na,' ganoon... Mas gusto ko kasi yung tahimik lang."
Five days later, Dennis said in an interview: "Nagkikita kami...Pero hindi totoong may malalim na kaming relasyon. Magkaibigan lang talaga kami."
The latest item about the Dennis-Cristine "unofficial romance" is that they already had an "official breakup." Dennis himself confirmed the split last September 1, by saying, "I am happily single."
He added, "Basta...gusto ko lang maging tahimik, gusto kong maayos yung buhay ko, yung sarili ko. Gusto ko munang magpahinga sa mga intriga."
Dennis's wish for peace may stem from the fact that things had become a bit turbulent again between his ex-girlfriend and Carlene Aguilar, with whom he has a child.
It will be recalled that there was a big brouhaha about Carlene's confrontation scene with Cristine on the set of Allan K and Jaya's TV show, K, The 1 Million Peso Videoke Challenge. This happened last November 7, 2007.
The incident started the Carlene-Cristine, or Cristine-Carlene, rivalry of sorts.
The K confrontation was cleared up two weeks afterwards with the two ladies even using TV as medium to bridge their gap. With lawyers in tow, the two shook hands in front of a million TV viewers. And that was that, it seemed then.
Christine and Carlene went their own ways: Carlene made peace with Dennis for the sake of their son, Calix Andreas, and Cristine got embroiled in rumors linking her to Willie Revillame, among others. (But that's another story.)
Early January 2008, everything was still peaceful. "Kung ano ang nangyari noon, yun na yun. Di na kami nakapag-usap. Pero ang maganda nun, naging maayos na ang lahat bago pa lumaki," said Carlene in an interview with Nelson Canlas.
But the "rivalry" was bound to resurrect.
On April 2008, news spread that Dennis and Cristine bumped into Carlene at the Edsa Shangri-la. "Siyempre naman, sa lahat ng taong makakasalubong namin, siya pa, di ba?" reacted Cristine.
Carlene revealed in a The Buzz guesting: "Actually, yung pagkatingin ko, medyo magkalayo sila ng konti. Tapos hindi ko na tiningnan kasi nakita ko na sila together. So dedma."
When asked to give her message for the two, Carlene, to Dennis, said: "Continue to be responsible... Tapos kay Cristine, just be true to yourself. Yun lang ang masasabi ko sa kanya."
She ended her interview, addressing both, with a mysterious, "Ingat."
Cristine's admission last July that she and Dennis were dating may just have been the catalyst that eventually sparked a word war with Carlene. After Cristine's interview, Carlene started granting a lot of interviews as well. Then the talk about the upcoming birthday of Calix was brought up. Carlene said she won't invite Cristine, and that she would only introduce her baby to "babaeng pakakasalan ni Dennis."
Then statements from both sides turned into a game of pingpong; and in the course of the exchange, the baby's name was repeatedly mentioned.
On August 22, Carlene retorted: "Sana no comment na lang siya...May sarili naman siyang career, yun na lang ang pag-usapan niya at ikuwento sa press." The beauty queen, obviously miffed, was referring to Cristine's "constant" mention of Calix Andreas in her interviews.
In reaction, Cristine opined in an interview last August 26 that it was always Carlene who actually went after the press to give her two-cents. "Palagi nga po siyang may interview, linggu-linggo sa TV pati sa diyaryo. Kaya huwag po siyang mag-comment na ako ang nauna. Pakiusap lang, tantanan na niya ako kung ‘yon ang gusto niyang mangyari talaga!"
When Carlene made a comment that Cristine would never be welcome to Calix's first birthday party (slated this September), Cristine brushed it off: "Hindi naman siguro ako dapat maapektuhan doon, e. So okey lang, sa ibang party na lang ako pupunta...ayoko namang magmakapal ng mukha na pupunta roon kung may mga taong ayaw akong papuntahin."
Will the word war ever come to a close? It looks it in the face of Dennis and Cristine's breakup. At least for now.
Dennis is now all over town promoting his new movie, I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust and Love You). Given his new "single" status, he is now easy prey to teasings. At a presscon, he was prodded to kiss his co-star, Italian actress-singer Andrea de Lugo, and the free-again actor went head-on and engaged Andrea in a full lip lock. Is he ready for a new romance?
Judging by his interview with PEP, the actor may still be far from thinking love and the like. "Nandun yung masakit," Dennis said of his parting ways with Cristine.
"Pero kung iisipin mo yung magandang maidudulot no'n parang secondary na lang yung sakit, e. Pero katulad ng nararamdaman ng mga ordinaryong tao na hindi siya malaya dati, masarap yung pakiramdam dahil nagagawa mo na yung mas kailangan mong gawin," hinting that the breakup is also a career move.
"Kumbaga, nag-meet yung minds namin na i-settle yung mga bagay dahil yun talaga ang importante ngayon, e. Masuwerte kami, meron kaming mga trabaho. Pero siyempre, yung long term yung iniisip namin...Sacrifice siyempre, malaking sacrifice," he added.
Dennis apparently means that personal sacrifice is the high cost of keeping his career and having a future with Cristine.
The sudden breakup has put to a halt all the heated exchange between Cristine and Carlene, that's for sure. And in Dennis's world, a semblance of peace reigns.