In a Startalk exclusive, talent manager Popoy Caritativo spoke on behalf of his ward Dennis Trillo to shed some light on the actor's relationship with 2005 Bb. Pilipinas-World Carlene Aguilar.
Carlene recently gave birth to a baby boy in California. The surname indicated in the child's birth certificate is reportedly "Ho." Dennis's full name is Abelardo Dennis Florencio Ho.
In the past, the public just assumed that Dennis and Carlene were a couple. Showbiz press had spotted the two of them in several parties and fashion events, but they never admitted the real deal.
In Startalk's interview, Popoy disclosed that the multi-awarded actor and the beauty queen have been a couple for quite sometime.
"Matagal na silang nagsasama. Naging mag-boyfriend na sila for four or five years. Yes, matagal na. Bago ko pa siya makilala, si Carlene na ang girlfriend niya. Although, there were times na naghihiwalay sila—on and off iyan—'tapos, magkakabalikan," Popoy said.
Popy added that Dennis and Carlene never closed their communication lines. "Alam ko din na nagkakamustahan pa rin naman sila once in a while. Naging open naman ang communication nila with their families and all."
He wasn't sure though if the two already discussed the "dad" issue. "Hopefully, magka-usap sila Dennis at sila Carlene so that they will be able to settle the details. Pero malay natin kung nag-uusap na rin sila," said the talent manager, who also handles the career of Marian Rivera.
"And the important thing is, things are okay. Things are maayos naman between him and Carlene," he continued.
Popoy stressed that Dennis never denied or said anything about Carlene's pregnancy.
Coming to the defense of his talent, he said: "Si Dennis naman kasi, alam natin, kilala naman natin siya na responsableng tao, na mabait iyan, tahimik. Hindi naman iyan nagkalat ever."
Moreover, Popoy's firm stand on the issue was: it's up to Dennis on whether he would say something or not. "Hintayin na lang natin sabihin niya kung ano ang nararamdaman niya about all these things dahil... ‘di ba si Dennis, kasi medyo hindi iyan very vocal, lalo na kung sa mga personal niya na mga issue. Although it's a very private matter to him, he would be able to share something about it."
Popoy added, "Kung siya yung ama, tatanggapin niya iyon. Magiging masaya siya. At saka blessing iyon, hindi ba."