Jericho Rosales reacted to his “reunion” with former onscreen partner and ex-girlfriend Heart Evangelista that caused a stir on social media earlier this month.
A photo of the former couple, seemingly engaged in a chat, was uploaded by Tim Yap via Instagram last December 2.
It was taken from an exclusive celebrity dinner event for a luggage brand in Rockwell, Makati City, last December 1.
Jericho came to the event with wife Kim Jones.
“It’s not the first time.
"Mas maraming beses na kaming nagkikita lagi sa events tuwing magkasama kami lagi ni Kim.
"So, nagkakabungguan kami palagi," clarified the 38-year-old Kapamilya actor.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media interviewed Jericho at the press conference of Siargao, a Metro Manila Film Festival entry this year, which also stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Erich Gonzales and directed by Paul Soriano.
Jericho stressed that he and Heart are very much over their past and that they are happy with their respective married lives.
“Heart and I handled it like mature people. Tapos na yung episode ng buhay namin na yun.
“We’re both married. And we feel like magaan ang mundo.
"Makakagalaw tayo nang maayos na walang nanghuhusga at kung anu-ano, di ba?
“We’re all friends. And it’s a new chapter.”
Heart is married to Senator Chiz Escudero.
UNDERSTANDING WIFE. Jericho added that he was overwhelmed by the reactions of the fans to the photo.
“Nabaliw sila,” he quipped.
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He also stated that it was not an issue with Kim.
“Kami ni Kim, nagbabasa kami ng mga comments sa Instagram.
"Tawa kami nang tawa kasi mayroong mga kung anu-anong istorya na nabuo, di ba?
“So it was really fun for Kim and I to look at that.
“Parang ito yung nangyari nung past kaya sila ganyan.
“So, she was actually surprised na ganito yung reaction ng mga tao, kasi siyempre love team before.”
He continued that this made Kim have a better understanding about a love team's impact in showbiz.
The actor was confident in saying that Kim was okay with the attention the photo generated.
“Wala. Past na yun.
“Kanina, I was driving here, I told myself na I’m so blessed to have a wife like Kim, super understanding.
"The trust is something that I’m so grateful for."
PEP.ph asked Jericho how Kim and Heart were towards each other at the said event.
There were photos showing Jericho and his wife sitting beside each other at a dinner table, while Heart was seated across them.
“Hindi ko siya natanong. I’ll ask her later,” he quipped, referring to his wife.
“But they were… Magkatapat lang kami sa dinner table, yung dalawa.
“We’re actually having fun. Everyone was having fun.
"Walang issue, walang awkwardness," he assured.
Jericho added, “So it was a great thing to witness.
"Parang, ‘Oo nga, 'no? Parang bago na talaga yung buhay nating lahat.’”
Jericho explained that he does not mind teaming up with Heart or any of his former onscreen partners, who also became his girlfriends.
“I’ve said this a long, long time ago. If the project is right, kahit sino pa 'yan—Kristine, Heart, Cindy Kurleto.
"I’m an actor. Okay lang sa akin yun."
Siargao opens in cinemas on Christmas Day, December 25.