At the presscon of his latest movie with GMA Films' I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You) held last night, September 1, at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center, Dennis Trillo admitted that his relationship with Cristine Reyes has finally come to an end. Although still very careful with his words, the soft-spoken matinee idol said, "I am happily single."
Both Dennis and Cristine never really admitted their relationship, but people in and out of showbiz knew for a fact that something was going on between them. It can be recalled that when Dennis's former girlfriend Carlene Aguilar went to the U.S. last year to give birth to their child, Cristine's name was immediately linked to Dennis.
After giving birth, Carlene returned to the Philippines and Dennis finally admitted being the father of Carlene's child. During a taping of All Star K at the Broadway Centrum, Carlene confronted Cristine regarding Dennis. That incident became big news and it also confirmed earlier reports that Dennis and Cristine were indeed an item.
Whether or not there was break in their relationship, Dennis and Cristine continued seeing each other without publicly admitting the real score. Now here comes the news that they've broken up.
"Siguro magtu-two weeks na," Dennis replied when asked how long they've been apart.
Without giving too much information, Dennis expressed how he feels about the breakup.
"Nandun yung masakit, 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.
"Basta ang pinaka-ano ko lang doon," he continued, "gusto ko lang maging tahimik, gusto kong maayos yung buhay ko, yung sarili ko. Gusto ko munang mapahinga sa mga intriga.
"Siyempre, bawat pamamaalam naman, nandun talaga yung sakit, hindi talaga yun mawawala. Pero katulad ng sinabi ko, kung iisipin mo yung magandang idudulot nun, kumbaga yun na yung pinakapampalubag-loob na after nito, sigurado ako ‘eto yung mag-i-start ng change sa akin, sa trabaho, sa buong perception ko sa buhay."
What was the reason of the breakup? Is it true that Cristine made him choose between her and his career, or did she make any demands?
"Wala, wala. Basta maayos yung pag-uusap namin sa lahat ng bagay. Ayoko na sanang idetalye," Dennis said.
But who initiated the breakup?
"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," said Dennis calculatedly to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
DIFFICULT DECISION. But Dennis admitted that it was a difficult decision.
"Mahirap, siyempre. Mahirap talaga. Sarili ko yung desisyon dahil naisip ko na kailangan talaga ng pagbabago, e. Nagdesisyon ako ng ganun para sa akin, para maging focused ako sa lahat ng bagay, lalung-lalo na sa trabaho. Lalo na ngayon na maraming padating na projects. Inaalagaan ko rin yung mga blessings."
Is this a career move on his part?
"Slightly, oo, dahil ginawa ko rin talaga yun para maging tahimik," Dennis admitted. "Tingin ko hangga't wala kang peace of mind, hindi ka makakapag-concentrate sa mga bagay na kailangan mong gawin."
Was his relationship with Cristine complicated?
"Magulo siya siguro dahil hindi kaming dalawa yung nagkakagulo kundi maraming hindi sang-ayon, maraming hindi nakakatanggap. Yung factors na yun alone, medyo nakaka-stress talaga ‘yon sa isang relation," he explained.
But Dennis insists both of them fought for their feelings with each other.
"Oo, kasi matagal din naman yung span ng relationship. Masasabi ko na naipagtanggol ko rin dahil kahit hindi ko man aminin, kumbaga, alam naman ng lahat ng tao. Kulang lang talaga yung pag-amin."
Do they still have communication?
"Hindi na kami talaga nagkikita at wala na ring communication," said Dennis. "Nag-usap po kami nang masinsinan dahil kailangan ding walang communication para umubra din yung gusto naming mangyari para sa aming dalawa. Para talagang mas maging effective, talagang dapat wala. Kailangan talagang panindigan dahil kung meron pa rin, parang wala ring nangyari."
Although Dennis continues to be linked with several actresses—like his leading lady in Magdusa Ka and the upcoming Gagambino and his co-stars in I.T.A.L.Y. Rufa Mae Quinto and Italian singer-actress Andrea de Lugo—Dennis says he has no immediate plans of entering into another relationship or even reuniting with Carlene.
"Hindi ako nakipag-break para maghanap ng iba. Ginawa ko ‘yon para magkaroon ng focus yung pag-iisip ko sa mga dapat kong pahalagahan," Dennis explained.