“Hindi na po,” sagot ni Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, 25.
Ito ay bilang tugon sa tanong kung sila pa ba ng modelong si Clint Bondad, 24, na anim na taon niyang nakarelasyon.
Sa pagsasalita niyang ito, tinapos na ni Catriona ang mga usap-usapan kung break ba sila o hindi ni Clint, nang mag-guest ito sa ABS-CBN late-night talk show na Tonight With Boy Abunda, February 22, Biyernes.
Single ba siya ngayon?
“Opo,” pagkumpirma ng Filipino-Australian beauty queen.
Umiwas naman si Catriona na sagutin kung sino sa kanila ni Clint ang nakipaghiwalay, pero ikinuwento niyang bago pa man ganapin ang Miss Universe 2018 pageant sa Thailand noong December 2018 ay nagkakaroon na sila ng problema.
“Coz actually we were having some problems even before the pageant.
"But, me, I’m a very private person kasi, e, and even before we left for Thailand, we were not on speaking terms so much.”
Gayunpaman, lumipad pa rin papuntang Thailand si Clint at nanood ng grand coronation.
Pag-amin ni Catriona, nakadagdag sa hirap ng pagsabak sa pageant ang problema sa relasyon nila ni Clint.
“It was really hard going through the competition with that happening all at the same time, but I had to keep reminding myself this is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I need to give my best, why am I here, and I wanna represent the Philippines well, so it was a struggle.
“But I see that he’s doing so well now,” sambit ni Catriona, patukoy sa career ni Clint, na pumasok na rin sa showbiz.
Sinagot din ni Catriona ang dahilan kung bakit sila naghiwalay.
“It’s when you’re together for so long and you start off from a very young age. You grow—whether that be in your personal, or in your career, or whatever—sometimes you just kind of… you outgrow each other, in a way.”
Ngunit mukhang hindi sarado ang 2018 Miss Universe sa posibilidad na magkabalikan sila ni Clint.
“If we were meant to be together, maybe it’ll happen in the future.”
Paiwas naman ang sagot ni Catriona nang matanong kung mahal pa niya ngayon si Clint.
“I’m always grateful to him for the time I shared with him, coz he has seen me through so much, I’ve seen him through so much. We both supported each other. It just didn’t work.
“And I don’t wanna talk about it that much... One, I’m private; and two, I greatly respect him and I’m grateful for the time that I had with him.
“I just wish him the best.”
Gusto rin daw ni Catriona na manatiling single sa loob ng isang taon niya bilang Miss Universe.
“I’ve never really had the chance because, being in this relationship from the age of 18, I’ve never been a young adult, especially of growing a young Christian din, and that season of singleness.
“And I think it’s really important as an individual because you need to know what you want, who you are to be establishing your identity, as your own person, and I just wanna take that time.
“I mean being a Miss Universe for a year is an amazing experience.
“I just wanna be able to grow in that kind of season as Miss Universe,” paliwanag ni Catriona.