A crestfallen Jericho "Echo" Rosales gave an emotional interview with The Buzz host Boy Abunda and exposed his broken heart.
"Mahal ko pa din si Heart," Jericho confessed to Boy in a taped interview shown yesterday, May 11. Heart Evangelista recently broke up with him after three years of being a couple.
"Siya pa rin... para sa ‘kin medyo tagilid pa ‘yong idea na hiwalay na kami," Echo added.
Like any lover reeling from the initial shock of separation, Jericho came to the interview with conflicting thoughts and emotions. He even admitted that he is still in a state of denial. When asked if he's angry, "No. Yes. Can be. I'm cool, okay lang," Echo replied.
"Mahal ko siya [Heart], e. Hindi mo rin maiaalis sa ‘kin na mahal ko pa rin siya. Hindi ‘to matutunaw ng bukas. Hindi mawawala ‘to ng isang buwan. Siguro madudurog to nang madudurog, pero hindi mawawala ng ganoon, di ba? Hindi ganoon kadali mawawala."
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN. Jericho and Heart broke up sans any personal confrontation. Since that decisive phone call by the chinita young actress, the two never had the chance to talk again.
Although it was perfectly clear that the relationship was over, Echo voiced out his desire to talk with Heart just to clear the remaining cobwebs. Various stories have surfaced since news of the breakup went public.
"She's in Dubai right now. She's not ready," said Echo.
The actor-singer denied the rumor that Heart was driven to break the relationship after discovering that Echo is having an affair with co-stars American actress Briana Evigan and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo. Echo co-stars with Briana in the Hollywood film I Luv U Virus while Carmen and Echo worked together in a Malaysian soap opera.
"Here is a man okay? Loving a girl very much and truly. How can I? In my life at this stage. At this point dito sa buhay ko, dito sa sarili ko pagsasabayin ko ang dalawang babae... and I look like this, miserable? I don't think I can do that," he rationalized.
Contrary to public opinion, Jericho argued that the breakup is not a publicity stunt meant to drum up Heart's recent transfer to GMA-7 and to boost Echo's quiet career.
"Hindi ko po gusto kahit kailan ang gumimik dahil hindi ko malaman o maiisip kung anu-anong gimik ang gagawin ko sa buhay ko para lang sumikat o para lang kumita ng pera," he said tersely.
"Nagsimula po ako bilang artista, marami po akong pinagdaanan. Halos namatay ako sa trabaho ko. Halos pinaghirapan ko lahat ‘to, bakit pa ako gigimik? E, alam ko namang binigyan ako ng Panginoon ng talent, e, di gamitin ko na lang ‘yon, di ba, sa patas na paraan."
Echo defended himself against the nagging perception that his relationship with Heart brought his once-promising career on a nosedive. "Tatapatin ko na po kayo, medyo masakit sabihing laos ka na di ba?" He asked directly, "Laos ba ‘yong pipiliin ko? Pipiliin ko ‘yong roles ko para sa mga batang nanonood sa akin, para sa mga matanda, para sa lahat ng nanonood, sa lahat ng nagmahal sa akin."
WORTH FIGHTING FOR. More than the public, Heart's parents were the most vocal critics of the young relationship. In fact, Heart's involvement with Echo severely strained her relationship with her strict father. But after almost three years, Heart slowly inched her way back to the good graces of her family.
Many saw Heart's restored relationship with her parents as perhaps one, if not, the main reason, the young actress decided to call it quits with Echo.
Echo is well aware of this, saying, "I know how parents are. I'm touched kung gaano nila kamahal si Heart."
Unable to control his emotion, Echo was reduced to tears as he continued, "They have wonderful dreams for Heart and I'm sorry kung medyo nagkaroon ng kalabuan ‘yong mga bagay dahil pumasok ako sa relasyon kay Heart. Pero hindi ko po sinasadya na magkaibigan kaming dalawa kasi ginusto naman namin ‘yon," he choked.
"Pero masaya ako para sa kanila dahil mas sama-sama sila ngayon. Dahil matutupad na niya [Heart's father] ‘yong pangarap niya para kay Heart. Matagal na panahon ‘yong nawala sa kanya," the distraught actor added.
Echo is still optimistic that he and Heart would still be able to pick up the broken pieces. If not, the actor is willing to settle from being a boyfriend to being a friend.
"I guess I have to accept the fact that she said goodbye. I guess it's over. But when you say over, it doesn't mean you cannot start over again, it means there's still hope for friendship, and maybe someday we can be together again.
"We're two people in love and we went through problems, but the love doesn't stop there. But still, kung hindi na puwede ang relasyon, friendship is worth fighting for," he affirmed in the end.