FIRST READ ON PEP: Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez are not yet on speaking terms

by Bong Godinez
Sep 13, 2007
Aside from admitting that he and ex-wife Pops Fernandez haven't spoken for quite some time, Martin Nievera also revealed that he and partner Katrina Ojeda often argued during the height of the "monkeys" remark issue.

Concert King Martin Nievera admitted that he hasn't spoken with his estranged wife Pops Fernandez ever since their highly-publicized spat last July.

At the launching of his new 2-disc record titled Milestones under EMI Philippines,yesterday, September 12, at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Martin told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that he sent several text messages to Pops but never received a reply.

"But I understand. I know Pops, and I know that she wants it the traditional way, which is a face-to-face, personal communication rather than relay things through text," said Martin over a cup of tea.

Despite his reputation as a "talker," Martin confessed that he's not really good when it comes to discussing personal matters, especially when he knows that the other party is still feeling upset.

"I have nothing against Pops and I do understand if she's feeling that way. Perhaps it is much better to give her space," added Martin.

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The rift between the two happened July of this year when Pops got upset by Martin's girlfriend, Katrina Ojeda, for allegedly calling her sons "monkeys." Though the reported incident happened a long time ago, Pops said she learned about it only recently at the time from common friends.

Martin previously defended Katrina about the remark by saying that it was just a harmless expression or a metaphor to describe two boys who were "jumping up and down the couch like monkeys."

The amiable balladeer insisted that everything was taken purely out of context and that the issue was blown out of proportion.

"I don't want to talk about it too much because talking about it means reviving the entire thing. It is very trivial and it was so sad that it became an issue. But I'm really sorry if Pops got offended by it. I just hope that things would soon get better between us."

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KATRINA'S REACTION. Martin said that Katrina, being a private person, felt shocked when the issue suddenly dragged her name into the spotlight.

"She hated it," Martin replied instantly when asked on how Katrina took the entire matter.

"She's always seen me go through a lot of gossips and intrigues but she's never been part of it. Now being that the subject matter of this most recent intrigue, which is so trivial and for me is so minor, I try to pass about this by just telling, ‘You know sweetheart, she's upset about something else. I don't know what it is...," he added while signing some autographs.

Regarding Katrina's interview with The Buzz, Martin said: "No, The Buzz ambush happened during the birthday party of my son, which I allowed, but I told them straight, ‘This is just a birthday party of my son [Santino]' and they asked us on live television and she apologized on TV but it wasn't good enough."

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The controversy, according to Martin, was an eye-opener for Katrina as far as show business works. Needless to say, their vacation here in the country became one forgettable event.

"She now knows what I go through on a daily basis. Our summer vacation was ruined. It was the worst 'cause now we're asking each other questions ‘What happened?' and she [Katrina] was like ‘Why do you keep protecting her? Why do you keep on professing love about her?' So now it's all coming out. So, nag-aaway talaga kami because of these intrigues."

But everything's perfectly fine now, according to Martin. And the only reason Katrina opted to stay in the U.S. instead of accompanying him here to promote his record was simply because of work-related issues.

"She's a teacher in the States so right now she can't come with me. I miss them [Katrina and Santino]but I have to work and they understand," smiled Martin.

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Aside from admitting that he and ex-wife Pops Fernandez haven't spoken for quite some time, Martin Nievera also revealed that he and partner Katrina Ojeda often argued during the height of the "monkeys" remark issue.
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