Through a surprise video message, Robi Domingo publicly apologized to ex-girlfriend Gretchen Ho during the Bininibining Pilipinas 2017 coronation night last Sunday, May 1.
“Gusto kong sabihin na, sorry. Masakit, mahirap, pero kailangan,” Robi said.
This happened while the live audience in Smart Araneta Coliseum were waiting for the announcement of winners.
Gretchen was among the panel of judges for the pageant.
The judges just finished making their deliberations and were back on their seats when a pre-pageant video was shown in the big LED screen on stage.
At the closing credits of the pre-pageant video, Robi’s surprise video message for Gretchen was shown.
Part of Robi’s video was recorded and uploaded on Facebook by a netizen.
While it was not clear what he was saying sorry for, Robi also professed that he still loves Gretchen and even hinted that he's hoping for a second chance with her.
Robi was quoted, saying, “But trust me when I say this—during this process, I think I could honestly say I am saving up all my love for you.
"I wish I have more time kasi time is the best thing that I could give you right now."
Gretchen, for her part, was caught smiling while watching Robi on the big screen.
ROBI AND GRETCHEN'S BREAKUP. As early as January this year, there have been reports that the couple have broken up.
Then, on Tonight With Boy Abunda’s March 1 episode, the couple confirmed that they have called it quits through a joint statement.
They cited their desire to focus on their respective careers as reason of their split.
Robi works as a TV host on ABS-CBN's reality shows Pinoy Big Brother and The Voice; while Gretchen is also a TV host in ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda.
Both of them are 27 years old.
THIRD PARTY? Despite the ex-couple's joint statement, there have been speculations that a third party allegedly caused their breakup.
But in an interview after the March 2 presscon of I Can Do That, Robi quashed rumors linking him to international K-Pop star Sandara Park.
Speaking to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about the real score between him and Sandara, Robi said, “I don't know, we are good friends.
"And kung anuman ang ano niyo, it's not true.”
After a few days, on Umagang Kay Ganda's March 7 episode, Gretchen made a cryptic remark about her view on how a couple make a relationship work.