Isang malungkot na Gab Valenciano ang nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) noong Linggo, October 25, pagkatapos ng ASAP '09, kung saan ay mainstay siya sa musical-variety show ng ABS-CBN. Hanggang ngayon ay iniinda pa rin ng dancer ang hiwalayan nila ng singer na si Rachelle Ann Go.
Kumusta na nga ba si Gab?
"I can't say that I'm okay. Kasi I'll be lying to myself and I'll be lying to the people," sabi niya. "Surviving. Barely surviving. By God's grace naman, nakakaraos ako. I'm sure a lot of people know this, na there's something going on in my life and in somebody else's life. And it's not something to be happy about."
So, totoong break na sila ni Rachelle?
"Yes, we are," pag-amin niya. "We have broken up. And it's not a very nice, you know, revelation."
Ilang buwan na ba silang hiwalay?
"Maybe a month and a half," sagot ni Gab. "And that one month and a half, we really tried our best to, you know, work things out. And I believe that the one thing na hindi namin tinest is the fact that God should be the center. Naging kami, kami lang, parang naging 'we', the world that revolves around us... Yes, may kaibigan, pero when you have your world, you have your world, di ba? But in that little world of yours, it would be the best, most perfect time to include God.
"We did naman include God. Pero hindi yung nagpi-pray kami every day. Pag nagkikita kami, nagpi-pray kami. That's what I really wanted in a relationship. Yung tipong parang parents ko, pag may problema kami, pini-pray namin. Hindi kami nag-aaway na yung sagutan or whatever."
Mutual decision ba ang naging paghihiwalay nila?
"Yeah, it was really mutual talaga," sabi ni Gab. "Kasi instead of pushing each other up, we are pulling each other down. Not because nag-aaway lang kami palagi. But because hindi na kami nakaka-complement to each other. You know, let's say for example Rachelle's strength is patience. Ako, wala akong patience."
Hindi kaya isa sa dahilan kung bakit sila nag-break ni Rachelle ay ayaw ng kanyang inang si Angeli Pangilinan sa singer?
"No, my mom loves Rachelle!" mariing tanggi ni Gab. "She texted nga Rachelle the other day. I think nga my mom loves Rachelle more than me. Kasi my mom always tells me na parang, 'I'm on the girl's side. No matter what you do, no matter what she does, I'm always on the girl's side.' Unless naman she does really something bad to me talaga, alam ninyo yun?"
Ano ba talaga ang tunay na dahilan ng paghihiwalay nila ni Rachelle?
"I guess small things became big things, and then one day, it just blew up. You know that gaming tower? Yung tanggal ka lang nang tanggal ng mga pieces and then, you know, it's small, and then the next thing you know, it collapses. And I think that's what happened with us. Walang third party, nothing like that. And I believe that's the reason why there's still a chance," sabi ni Gab.
CARMEN SOO. Bagamat sinasabi ni Gab na walang third party sa breakup nila ni Rachelle, may usap-usapan na nakita raw ang binatang lumabas kasama ang Malaysian actress na si Carmen Soo. Ayon pa sa lumabas na balita, si Carmen daw ang ipinalit ni Gab kay Rachelle.
Ano ang masasabi ni Gab dito?
"Carmen was here for one week. And I doubt even if, you know, I try my best to make an eskandalo or whatever, I doubt if people will believe that because she was only here for a week. And me and Rachelle have broken up for a month and a half.
"And I make it clear to everybody that Carmen Soo is a very good friend of mine. And that day when I brought her out, wala siyang ride. She came kasi from ABS-CBN papuntang Studio 5 [of ABS-CBN]. I was there, too. And I just finished rehearsal. So in my mind, I was telling myself, 'Should I go home? Should I finish, you know, my songs? Or should I eat first or whatever?' Until I decided na umuwi na muna.
"And then I texted Carmen out like, 'Hey, I hope you're doing fine naman doon sa whatever you're doing. Anyway, if you wanna have lunch or whatever, let's have lunch.' And you know in Malaysia, or even for me, that's a normal thing lang to have lunch with a friend...Like, for example, you know, Carla Humphries? She's my ultimate best friend. And you know, we eat out all the time and nobody really cares about it, di ba?
"So I texted her [Carmen] and she said, 'I'm on my way to Mall of Asia.' And I was like, 'Oh, okay. So how are you getting there?' Sabi niya, taxi. E, alangan namang hayaan mo? And that was six p.m. What if that taxi driver decides to... And I'm saying this to everybody, maski lalake ito.
"Like for example, si Sam Milby nung starting pa lang siya, siyempre, wala pa siyang alam sa buhay dito sa Pilipinas. You know, you'll never know, di ba? So I offered, as a gentleman, I told her [Carmen], 'You wanna pass by here? And you know from here, I will take you and then I'll go home na,'" paliwanag ni Gab.
Hindi ba talaga siya nanliligaw kay Carmen?
"It's not that nanliligaw. It's not that gusto ko siya. Carmen Soo is a very beautiful woman. No doubt, maganda siya. And you know, of course, people will think na, siyempre, nag-break kami ni Rachelle and nakita kami ni Carmen, so sometimes, siyempre, some people are thinking na I'm going out with her. But the truth is, I'm not," diin ni Gab.
Mahal pa rin ba niya si Rachelle?
"I think it's gonna take much more than one month and a half to fall out of love with her," sagot niya. "You know, some people said na, 'Parang how can you have moved on?' People kasi don't see what happens off-cam. And it hurts me when people, you know, after yung pinagsamahan namin ni Rachelle... Siyempre halata naman yung pinagsamahan namin was good. You know, we were happy.
"And now just because nangyari yung breakup, people think na hindi ko siya minahal nang todo, hindi ko siya sineryoso. But in reality, I have never been this serious in my... You know, I gave up my lifestyle for her. And I didn't regret it. Until today, hindi ko pa rin nire-regret. And if I have to give up anything more to make it work, find the future, I will. Because I'm not losing hope."