In Chinese astrology, the Rat is known as a "flower romance,"according to an article in eZine. That may mean an increase in romance and social life, on the positiveside. But it may also bring more public love triangles, unexpectedchallenges inrelationships and breakups for some.
In the Year of the Rat 2008, some of our favorite celebrity couples came to bitter endings; others had a"mutual agreement" to end their relationship and move on with their own lives.
Before we say goodbye to 2008, PEP recalls the celebritycouples who broke up this year.
Jennylyn Mercado and Patrick Garcia. As early as January 3, these lovebirds at the time gave fans the good news by confirming rumors about Jennylyn'spregnancy. She wasreportedly six weeks pregnant with her and Patrick Garcia's first baby. That day, they went to Makati CityHall to wed civilly. Instead they were advised to better plan their marriage. (Click here to read relatedarticle ) ,
Just when the Chinese New Year Rat officially crept in (February),the young couple split. Jennylyn claimed in an interview that herboyfriend was not supportive of her pregnancy.
She said, "Kung kailan ko siya kailangan, saka siyanawala. Hindi ko kailangan angfinancial support. Ang kailangan ko aylove, care, at emotional support. Walaakong makita sa kanya. Umiiwas siya.Kahit magkasama kami nung Valentine's day, wala naman kaming napag-uusapan."
While Jennylyn was very vocal about hating herson's father, he kept quiet. Patrick even went to the States, supposedly to stay away fromnegative issues and to continue his studies.
Although Patrick is back in Manila and wants to see his baby,Jennylyn stands firm on her decision to keep him away from Alex Jazzand "Out of my life."
Heart Evangelista and Jericho Rosales. Fans were surprised when young actress HeartEvangelista announced that her relationship with hunk actor JerichoRosales was finished.
Even Jericho, who was in Malaysia, was shocked. In an interview upon hisarrival in Manila, he told ABS-CBN news, "I myself, I'm confused, e. I heard nakipag-break siya sa akin on TV, e,so... On text, it wasn't clear."
Later on, the newly transferred Kapuso star Heart revealedthat a third party was the real reason she broke up with her boyfriend of threeyears. On his part, Jerichobelieved, "Alam ko 'yong pinanggagalingan. Ang pinanggagalingan nun, yung mga sinasabi sa kanya na mga bagay, namga kasinungalingan." (Click here to read related article )
Heart has apparently moved onfrom the breakup. She was seen with her new boyfriend FranciscoDelgado in Boracay.
Meanwhile, Echo has focused on his acting career, which he had left temporarily for hispassion in music. Aside from therecently concluded teleserye Kahit Isang Saglit, he was part of theMetro Manila Film Festival entry Baler.
Roxanne Guinoo and Jake Cuenca. Although rumors about their split started late last year, both parties neither denied nor confirmed it. Roxanne andJake usually said, "We're okay," every time showbiz reporters asked about theirrelationship.
Early this year, Roxanne finally admitted that herrelationship with fellow Kapamilya star had already ended. She answered vaguely when The Buzzasked her about the real cause:
"Maraming dahilan din kasi madamirin naman 'yan, trabaho, yung personal thing namin. So, ngayon kumbaga talagangdarating ka sa point na mapapagod ka, kailangan n'yo muna ng space paramag-mature kayong dalawa."
Afterwards, the public thought that everything was finebetween the two former lovers. Until rumor spread that a "violent confrontation" happened between Jake andRoxanne. Many speculated that thealleged flame between Jake and another Kapamilya actress, Bea Alonzo, ignitedthe incident.
But the three parties involved in this "bugbugan issue"chose to remain silent. Bea said in aninterview, "Wala akong alam, wala akong nakita, wala akong narinig." Si did Roxanne and Jake keep mum whenever they were asked by theentertainment media.(Click here to read related article )
Anne Curtis and Sam Milby. Even without publicly admitting the real score between them, fansof Anne Curtis and Sam Milby followed their sweet gestures with each other on andoff camera. Some people evenconsidered them a cute couple.
But things changed when the young actress broke into tearsduring her guest appearance in the September 5 episode of Boy and Kris. Anne told Kris, "Hindi kami. Hindi kami talaga. I can honestly say na hindi talaga. We were never together."
Since the couple never formally announced theirromantic relationship, many were surprised when Anne appeared on The Buzzmonths later to say that she and Sam had broken up.
The reason, according to Anne: "He asked me to stopexclusively dating. Kailangan niyasiguro i-concentrate ang entire relationshjp namin with God. Medyo mahirap pero I understand."
The following week, Sam explained in the same showbiz talkshow, "I am working on my relationship with God. But I don't want tosound religious and self- righteous. You know, what I'm saying is,there arethings about us individually that we need to work on as individuals. We can't help each other in that aspect."
In the same interview, Sam admitted that he wants to winback his former girlfriend. Maybe their followers could still hope that they return to other's arm.
Karylle and Dingdong Dantes. The end of the three-year relationship ofKarylle and Dingdong Dantes could be one of the most notable events in showbizin 2008. Many people thought that whatthey had was a strong relationship because they managed to keep it despite thesuccess of Dingdong's team up with Marian Rivera.
After months of being the subject of blind items and rumors,these two young celebrities finally decided to tell the public about the end oftheir relationship. Following this werespeculations about the real cause of their breakup—which includes, of course,the rumored relationship between Dingdong and Marian. (Click here to readrelated article )
In an exclusive interview with entertainment columnist RickyLo, Karylle refused to go into details about the breakup. She just said,"There were many reasons that can't be summed up in just one statement... It'sonly the two of us who know everything. People won't get the whole story."
Dingdong took on the same tone when he released an officialstatement about the issue. He pleaded with the public: "Hinihingi kopo ang inyong pang-unawa. Bigyan n'yo kami ng panahon. Please give usspace and the privacy that weneed to heal and to move on with the decision that has been made." (Click here to read related article )
As for the alleged third party in this relationship, Marianadmitted through an official statement, "Naapektuhan na ako sa mga usap-usapanna ako ang dahilan ng breakup nina Dingdong at Karylle. Please lang po, huwag naman sanang gano'n."
She defended herself: "Masakit mapagbintangan, lalona't hindi totoo. Sinasabi ko nanghayagan, wala po kaming serious relationship ni Dingdong. Ang meron kami ay isang magandang love team,isang magandang samahan, na salamat sa Diyos ay naging effective naman attinanggap ng mga nanonood sa amin. Gustoko pong alagaan at ipagpatuloy 'yan hangga't binibigyan kami ng pagkakataon."
After all these, it seemed that all the parties involved inthis issue have slowly move on with their own careers. Karylle has found a new home in ABS-CBN, while Dingdong went onwith his third TV project with Marian, Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang.
Pauleen Luna and Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian. Just weeks after they celebrated their firstyear anniversary together, young actress Pauleen Luna and Valenzuela MayorSherwin Gatchalian decided to split.
Entertainment columnist Abu Tilamzik reported that the reason they broke up was lack of time for each other.
Startalk asked her in an interview, "Ano ba angmadalas n'yong pagtalunan dati?" Pauleen answered, "Pagiging ano ko lang... siyempre may mga bratty modeako and since busy siya, e, sobrang patient niya sa akin. Madalasakong nagiging reklamador. E, siya, hindi talaga ako pinapatulan." (Click here to read related article )
Like the other celebrity couples who ended theirrelationship, Pauleen and Mayor Gatchalian remained silent after she confirmed it.
Isabel Oli and Paolo Contis. Paolo Contis had another way of letting thepublic know the status of his relationship with girlfriend Isabel Oli. He confirmed the issue by changing hisstatus from "in a relationship" to "single" in the social network site calledFacebook. (Click here to read relatedarticle )
In an interview with Startalk, Paolo related thatafter the long time of trying to work things out, he and Isabel have mutuallyagreed to end their relationship through a text message. (Click here to readrelated article )
"Mahirap kaharap," Paolo said. "Mahirap talaga. Pinag-usapan namin. Peroeventually, when we decided, nag-text-an na lang kami. Nag-text back din naman siya. Mahaba-habang eksplanasyon din."
As to the cause of their split, Paolo requested, "Sa aminna lang 'yon. It's more on personaldifferences. We tried to work itout. She adjusted for me. I adjusted for her but... mahirap, e. Mahirap..."
In a separate interview, Isabel also refused to give details. She also believedthat there was no third party involved. She simply said, "Siguro kung anuman ang nangyari, sa amin na lang poyun. Kasi since dati pa, private namanpo kaming tao even before. Inamin langtalaga namin. Pero sa ngayon, sana saamin na lang din po. Sana maintindihanna lang din po ng mga tao."
Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho. These celebrity doctors also hit theentertainment headline when Dr. Hayden Kho publicly admitted that he gotinvolved with young actress Katrina Halili while he was in a relationship withDr. Vicki Belo. (Click here to read related article )
Confirming rumors that he got hospitalized because of hisrecent breakup with Dr. Vicki, Dr. Hayden also confessed that he attempted tocommit suicide. He said it was a self-imposed death penalty for his infidelity.
With the two female celebrities being dragged on this issue,Dr. Hayden said that only his affair with Katrina Halili was true. "Kay Katrina lang ang totoo," heconfessed. "Nagkaroon kami ng affair niKatrina, pero it was very, very, very short. It was more like fun, na parehas kaming ego lang [ang] naglalaro. Na wala talaga kaming emotionalattachment." (Click here to readrelated article )
In a different interview, Katrina did not deny what Dr.Hayden has stated. In fact, she washonest enough to say, "Nagkamali ako. Siyempretao lang naman po ako, di ba? At least,kaya nga nung nalaman kong nagkamali ako, matagal na akong lumayo at matagal konang pinagsisihan 'yon." (Click here toread related article )
After the admissions, the two parties separately asked forforgiveness—Hayden pleaded for forgiveness from Vicki; Katrina asked forthe understanding of the public.
Meanwhile, Dr. Vicki Belo still has not given her side on theissue. She also stayed away from the press to avoid queries about the break up.
Other showbiz breakups were reported but the couples managed to work things out andreconcile—Sunshine Cruzand Cesar Montano, Jackie Manzano and Anjo Yllana, and Lovi Poe and JoloRevilla.