Ayon sa 42-year-old Kapuso actor, “It’s sad. It’s sad that it didn’t work out between me and Jo.
“But she has ready direction of her whole life.
"She’s found, I think, what she’s really passionate to do with her life, which is yung pagka-influencer niya.
“And it's difficult that I lost two people, two special people.”
Ang tinutukoy ni Derek na "two special people" ay si Joanne at ang anak nitong si Sophie.
Halos anim na taon ang itinagal ng relasyon nina Derek at Joanne bilang magkasintahan at live-in partner.
Ngunit nitong unang linggo ng Hunyo, inamin ng dalawa sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na tinuldukan na nila ang kanilang pagsasama.
Matagal na bang may problema ang kanilang relasyon?
Ayon kay Derek, “Lahat ng relationships, may problema.
“I don’t wanna... e, alam niyo naman, you’ve covered all my relationships.
“Nakakaalangan na I’m not that commitment-type-of-guy, which is… my relationships, four years, five years, six years.
“Do you think it’s easy for me to just let go of things like that? No.
“That’s not really what gets me.
"But with that said, pinalaki akong gentleman.
“I’m not saying I wanna talk bad about my partner.
“I don’t wanna talk because it affects so many people—her daughter, herself, my son, her family, my family.
“I’ve always been that guy that always respects things like that because hindi lang kami.
“The six-year relationship is not just between two people.
“We’ve created a bond with each other’s families.
"And in our case, her daughter who I loved like my own. And my son."
Dagdag pa niyang paliwanag, “It’s not easy to go through this, especially it's one of the longest, probably the most serious relationship that I ever had in my life.
“I have this huge house that I’m building now and I’m going to be the only one living it.
“It’s sad, but with that said…”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph at ilan pang media si Derek sa grand media conference ng The Better Woman sa Prime Hotel sa Quezon City, Huwebes ng gabi, June 27.
May chance pa kayang magkaayos sila?
Tugon ni Derek, “It’s said and done.
“I think she has directions, and I’m just starting again with my showbiz life and I focus on this.
“It’s what it is.”
May closure ba ang kanilang hiwalayan?
Saad ng aktor, “You know, I don’t think that there’s anything that she needs to say, or I need to say to apologize about the relationship.
“No one is at wrong here especially if it just didn’t work out.
“If it didn’t work out doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong.
“Of course, it's normal to think na ang lalaki ang may kasalanan.
"Sometimes wala namang may kasalanan, di ba?
“Sometimes, it just happens na maybe we didn’t bring the best out of each other.
“Or maybe, you’ve realized later that there’s something else that you wanna do.”
Sa kabilang banda, excited na si Derek sa una niyang primetime series sa GMA-7, ang The Better Woman, kung saan kapareha niya si Andrea Torres.
Kuwento ito ng masayang pagsasama ng isang mag-asawa na nasira dahil sa tukso ng kakambal ng babae.
Gagampanan ni Derek ang role ni Andre de Villa, na asawa ng isa sa mga karakter ni Andrea na si Jasmine de Villa.
Ang wawasak naman sa kanilang masayang relasyon ay ang isa pang karakter ni Andrea na si Juliet Santos de Villa, na kilala rin sa isa pa niyang pangalan sa istorya na si Elaine Reyes.
Makakasama nina Derek at Andrea sa The Better Woman sina Jaclyn Jose, Ina Feleo, Marco Alcaraz, Ashley Rivera, Francis Makil, at Paolo Paraiso.
Mapapanood ang The Better Woman sa GMA Telebabad simula sa Lunes, July 1, pagkatapos ng Sahaya.