Barbie Forteza is happily moving forward after her failed romance with fellow Kapuso star Kiko Estrada.
“It’s so yesterday," said Barbie, who did not even mention Kiko's name throughout the interview. "I think it's time to move forward."
The two had been constantly “dating” for four months, until Barbie announced her single status last August 24.
When prodded that there was a time when she was reportedly in love, Barbie honestly stated, “Yes, but it did not work out.”
Asked what went wrong with their supposedly growing romance, the 19-year-old actress refused to elaborate but firmly answered, “Well, not my fault. I don’t wanna talk about it. Basta it didn’t work out.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Barbie at the press launch of her upcoming primetime soap #MeantToBe, held at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center, Monday afternoon, November 21.
Dismissing talks about her past romance, Barbie maintained that her love life has never been her priority anyway.
“Kasi nga, parang no matter what age naman, hindi naman nauubusan ng pag-ibig, di ba?
“Like ngayon, feeling ko masyado ako nale-late sa college.
"I need to catch up on that," said Barbie, who’s taking up Psychology at the University of Perpetual Help-Biñan.
She added, “Sa work busy din, lalo na ito, it occupies all my time kapag nasa trabaho. It’s 24/7.
“Happy naman ako. Pero yun nga, I’m saying na puwedeng wala, puwedeng meron.”
At 19, Barbie added that she has yet to experience a major heartache.
“Parang never naman na... siyempre heartache yun, e.
"Pero hindi naman to the extent na it would last like a year na sobrang depressed ako. Hindi naman ganun.
"Nothing serious naman kasi."
IDEAL BOYFRIEND. Asked what it would take for her to fall for a guy, Barbie said that she likes to be courted the traditional way.
She elaborated, “Kasi may mga millenials ngayon na ‘Good morning! Good night!’ na lang. Wala nang conversation in between.
“So, gusto ko lagi kaming nag-uusap. Kasi, di ba, ang daldal ko as a person, so gusto ko meron akong kadaldalan always.
“Gusto ko sinusuyo yung parents ko, gusto ko ako ang hinihintay sa date. Hindi yung ako ang maghihintay.
“And, of course, I want someone na special sa akin.”
Barbie added that a guy who is “palaging mabango” and sends her “flowers and heartfelt love letters” would surely catch her attention.
Given her workload, will she be able to find time for a special someone?
Barbie quickly answered, “It’s just a matter of priorities… I don’t treat my inspiration as a distraction, but more of a motivation…
“Kasi siyempre, kung sinusuportahan niya ako, maiintindihan niya na hindi ko siya laging mapa-prioritize.
"Pero it doesn’t mean na hindi ko siya kailangan o mahal."