Valeen Montenegro says her relationship with her non-showbiz boyfriend has been going strong for the past nine years.
Her boyfriend is Selu Lozano, a Filipino-Spanish trainer and football player.
Even when Valeen’s name got dragged in the Ciara Sotto-Joe Oconer breakup in 2016, she swears that her relationship with Selu was never affected.
“Opo. Nine years. Diretso,” confirms the 28-year-old actress.
In January 2016, Ciara confirmed her breakup with Joe after five years of marriage, which was supposedly caused by a third party.
Valeen, the alleged third party, categorically denied it in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last March 2016.
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Prodded if her longtime relationship was not distressed at the height of the issue, Valeen replies, “Ah, hindi. Hindi. Wala, wala po.”
PEP.ph and other members of the press interviewed Valeen on Tuesday, June 19, at the press conference of The Write Moment, her upcoming movie with Jerald Napoles.
PEP.ph asks the Kapuso actress how she explains to her boyfriend that being a celebrity makes her prone to being romantically linked to other guys.
Valeen explains, “Nagtatanong siya why does it come to that, pero alam naman niya it’s the nature of work. You really need those [for publicity].
“So kahit anong publicity iyan, good or bad, it’s still publicity.”
She also attests that while she is a celebrity and her boyfriend is non-showbiz, they complement each other, which makes their relationship work.
“It does work because of the balance.
“Parang ako, bina-balance niya ako kasi alam ko naman na hindi ko life yung showbiz, hindi lang yun yung life ko.
“Siya naman, naba-balance ko kasi kung gaano ka-serious siya with work, ganun ako kahindi seryoso… I mean, ka-light.
“Parang I give out the bubbly side, the comedy side.
“Naba-balance namin ang isa't isa.”
RIGHT MOMENT. After 15 long years in the business, Valeen gets her biggest film break in the movie The Write Moment.
“It still feels surreal kasi nga hindi lahat nabibigyan ng ganitong moment, ng ganitong time to shine.
“So I’m very thankful for all the blessings. Ang saya lang all the hard work [paid off].
“Kung nasa tama din yung punta ng career mo, ng choices mo sa career mo, ito nga ang right moment.”
The Write Moment, produced by The IdeaFirst Company, Viva Films and CMB Films, is directed by Dominic Lim and opens in cinemas on June 27.