The Martin Nievera-Pops Fernandez controversy continues to escalate after Pops's tell-all interview in YES! magazine's October 2007 issue. ABS-CBN's Saturday showbiz talk show Entertainment Live, with the help of U.S. ABS-CBN correspondent Jaime Reyes, showed a video interview of a very emotional Martin reacting to the said article yesterday, October 13.
"I just hope that Pops is happy with what happened here," Martin began. " I just hope that Pops got what she wanted to get. Now what? Now, my life... I feel I'm naked. I'm not confident anymore. I feel ugly. That's how this article made me feel."
Martin also added, "I want her life to be better. I wish she would just spend her day talking about her love and happiness with Jomari Yllana, for the guy that she's with, rather than talk about her hate and regret. I'm the past."
Martin also shared girlfriend Katrina Ojeda's reaction to the issue and wished to reach out a message to his two sons with Pops, Robin and Ram. Katrina was blamed for the eventual breakdown of Pops's marriage to Martin.
"She [Katrina] was offended, but she would rather support me. We are not proud about what we've done, but we are trying to make our wrong to something right now. Now, we're just doing our own thing and living a life, making it simple, trying to correct mistakes... I wish we could just all move on," said Martin.
For Robin and Ram, Martin had this to say: "Mom and Dad are wrong, for making this so public, for not fixing this. I wanted to apologize to them for having to live this through again. I'm sorry, you know, you have now a document to read all of Dad's bad days. I'm only human...and I hope that you can learn from this."
Concerning the rumors about Martin filing a lawsuit against YES! magazine, he stressed that he wasn't going to sue Pops or the said entertainment magazine. Entertainment Live got the chance to take YES! magazine editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon's take on this.
"Naghahanap si Martin daw ng kung ano ang legal options niya," Ms. Maglipon said. "In fact, nakatanggap ako ng tawag sa abugadong unang kinausap ng ina niya. If there is a court case, we're ready. I think we did our jobs as journalists, so we're ready."