Maintaining public silence doesn't mean indifference.
Matinee idol Dennis Trillo defended himself against criticisms that he intentionally stalled to distance himself from the controversy involving Carlene Aguilar and Cristine Reyes.
"Lahat ng posibleng communication na puwedeng gawin ginagawa ko para maayos," he said in a taped interview with Showbiz Central aired yesterday, November 25.
Dennis argued that the lack of an official statement coming from him must not be interpreted as lack of concern for Carlene and Cristine, who were directly involved in the issue.
Trying to keep his poise while making a point, Dennis said, "May ginagawa ako para maayos ‘yon. Hindi ako walang pakialam lang."
Amidst all the bickering and growing speculations, the evasive young actor revealed that he was constantly talking to both warring parties to properly address the situation and hopefully arrive at a settlement.
TAINTED LOVE. When Carlene confronted Cristine at the taping of All Star K last November 7 at Broadway Centrum, sympathizers of the former beauty queen attributed the aggressive act to post-partum depression entangled with jealousy.
Dennis clarified that his relationship with Carlene was already strained even before she got pregnant with their baby.
"It was never planned," Dennis admitted, referring to Carlene's pregnancy. "Before pa noon, dun sa relasyon namin na ‘yon, marami na kaming mga problema sa press. Almost mga five years na on and off ‘yon. Meron kaming mga issues na hindi namin nari-resolve until 'ayun na nga, na-buntis na so naging kumplikado na ang lahat."
Carlene's departure to the U.S. during the pregnancy only aggravated the crumbling relationship.
"Lalo na nung pumunta na sa States. Hindi ko alam kung pagbalik niya rito papaano ‘yong sitwasyon. So ganun na kagulo."
FINDING LOVE ONCE MORE. It was during this stage that Dennis's attention slowly gravitated towards Cristine Reyes.
"After ng Super Twins ‘yon, e," Dennis recalled.
Although the extent of their relationship remains foggy to the public, it is safe to assume that both Dennis and Cristine had mutual feelings for each other. "'Yong time na ‘yon, hindi pa rin kami naging ganoon ka-open... Pero ‘yon, eventually siyempre na-voice out na namin sa isa't isa," he added.
NO LOVE LOST. Dennis acknowledged committing a serious blunder by failing to formally halt his relationship with Carlene. With their relationship still hanging in the balance and having a baby to boot, Dennis miscalculated the consequences of his error—particularly the confusion felt by his unsuspecting ex-girlfriend.
Recognizing that Carlene has full custody of their baby, Dennis tensely confided: "Doon medyo kinakabahan ako, baka hindi ko na mabisita. Iyon ‘yong kinakatakot ko, kaya gusto ko maging maayos kami as friends."
Out of sheer emotional exhaustion, Carlene reportedly cited that she's already done fighting for Dennis's love.
Responding to the comment, Dennis said: "Sana kung napagod man siyang ipaglaban ‘yong pagmamahal na ‘yon, sana huwag naman siyang mapagod na maging mabuting magulang kami dun sa anak namin."
But despite all the mess, Dennis said there will always be love for the mother of his child.
"'Yong pagmamahal, nandoon naman ‘yon, e. Hindi naman mawawala, ‘di ba? Hindi naman puwedeng hindi mo siya mahal, ‘di ba? Kasi nandoon ‘yon, e. Nandoon pa rin ‘yong samahan. Siyempre 'yong pinagsamahan namin, matagal ‘yon and para maging mabuting magulang ka, kailangan nandoon pa rin ‘yong pagmahahal."
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE. Last November 23, Cristine decided to withdraw the slander and oral defamation case she filed against Carlene.
The two met, talked, and eventually shook hands in reconciliation.
"Natuwa ako and ipinagdasal ko ‘yon kaya masayang-masaya ako na nangyari ‘yon," said Dennis, who was obviously relieved.
As a parting shot, Dennis hopes that issue to finally simmers down. "Sana maging maayos na lahat. Mag-move on na tayo lahat."