Every year, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists the celebrity couples who made headlines because of their breakups.
We observed that in 2012, the number of celebrities who split up is greater than the number recorded in previous years.
This year, the list comes up to 15 celebrity-couple breakups. Some of these were so unexpected, the news had readers riveted.
For example, the separation of actor Paolo Contis and his wife Lian Paz generated the most number of page views among the celebrity breakup stories.
Lian got everyone's attention when she spilled the beans on her separation with husband Paolo Contis.
Although rumors were rife about their relationship being on the rocks, her admission was still unexpected because, not too long ago, Paolo admitted for the first time that they were already wed in civil rites. Their live-in arrangement had been sealed before the courts.
Lian, who has two young daughters with Paolo, pointed to their "differences" as a reason for her breakup with the former child actor.
"According to him po kasi, according to Pao, we've been both unhappy, na siguro hindi namin alam. Siguro sa mga differences namin o sa mga nangyayari ngayon na changes sa buhay namin." She revealed enough to make things, wittingly or unwittingly, unflattering for Paolo.
At one point, Paolo began to answer back, saying that Lian and her family benefited from his earnings when the going was good and that he was disappointed because, at a low point in his career, she was badmouthing him. Then, maybe upon the advice of his manager Lolit Solis, he shut up.
There remain strong rumors, however, that money—or more specifically, the lack of it—is in fact a big reason for the breakup.
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TWO BREAKUPS BECAME ONE RELATIONSHIP. Another breakup story that caught the PEPsters' attention was that of Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay.
Many thought the relationship of Angelica and Derek was strong enough to weather more storms. After all, they had been rumored to have broken up several times in the past but they managed to stay together for six long years.
In a Q&A she did with her fans on Twitter, Angelica said it ended because: "Napagod na ako magtiis."
There had long been allegations about Derek having a roving eye. One of the names linked to him was a fellow frisbee player from Cebu, who is now his girlfriend.
Angelica, for her part, had never been rumored to have strayed from her relationship with Derek. The story of her lovelife, in fact, has been uneventful: from Carlo Aquino, with whom she was in love for years, she went on to a more serious arrangement with Derek which lasted six years, and now she's in a six-months-and-counting relationship with John Lloyd Cruz.
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Also related in this story was the separation of two Star Magic talents, Shaina Magdayao and John Lloyd Cruz.
A couple of days after Derek confirmed that he and Angelica were having problems, Shaina Magdayao also came out with a revelation that surprised local showbiz followers.
In a text message sent to PEP, Shaina wrote, "To end all speculations, I confirm that John Lloyd and I have agreed to end our relationship."
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But she refused to say why they broke up, saying it was "purely between John Lloyd and myself."
Apparently, their relationship had been rocky for some time. They made a go of it, says a YES! Magazine source, which is why they even appeared together in Boy Abunda's show during the mess between Shaina and Ruffa Gutierrez. But, as the same source concludes, "It just didn't work."
Now, Shaina's ex-boyfriend and Derek's ex-girlfriend are together. Meantime, the even more beautiful Shaina remains unattached.
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