Queen of all Media Kris Aquino never fails to surprise the public with incredible revelations in matters of her personal life.
In general, her romantic relationships tend to come as a shock to the public, the latest of which involves Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. And, as with all her previous flames, this will definitely not pass without controversy, what with Herbert’s longtime relationship with Agnes “Tates” Gana, with whom he has two children.
Aquino’s “love” life has made headlines throughout her showbiz career, especially with exes Philip Salvador, Joey Marquez and James Yap.
She had a six-year relationship with actor Philip Salvador, who is older than her by many years. While the action star had been separated from his wife at that time, he could not offer marriage to the daughter of Philippine icons Ninoy and Cory Aquino, because he was not annulled. Nevertheless, the relationship produced their love child, now the 19-year-old Joshua.
After her publicized breakup with Philip, Kris further etched her notoriety in matters of love, when she fell for comedian-turned-politician Joey Marquez, a known ladies man, in 2003. Turning for the worse, the breakup between the two ended with Kris crying on primetime television claiming that Joey pointed a gun at her.
Then in July 2005, the public thought that Kris has found her happily ever after when she married PBA superstar James Yap who is 11 years her junior, and was blessed with her second son James “Bimby” Yap Jr. the following year.
But after five years, the two separated “for personal reasons,” and in 2013, Kris yet again made headlines again when she accused Yap of sexual advances. She went as far as filing a temporary restraining order on the basketball player. The exes have made peace since then and were both present at Bimby’s seventh birthday party on Tuesday.
Fast forward to April 7 in her show Abunda and Aquino Tonight on ABS-CBN, Kris read a written statement about her new relationship.
For those who were unable to watch the show, the following is the transcript of the host’s revelation:
“I wrote everything down, because it’s not just coming from me, it’s coming from both of us, so I hope you don’t mind na babasahin ko.”
“It was seven years ago when James and I publicly went through what ultimately led to the end of our marriage. It’s been four years since we separated, and two years since we were granted our annulment.”
“We’ve learned that Bimb deserves to have both his mom and dad involved in his life as co-parents, and that takes forgiveness and compromise. It needs acceptance that we’ve all moved forward, that James does have a long term girlfriend, and it’s much better for all of us to be cordial because we want what is best for our son.”
“We have matured enough to know that though James and I failed at being husband and wife, we do have the rest of Bimb’s life to succeed at being his parents.”
“Wala po akong pinakilala sa mga anak ko at sa mga kapatid ko for four years, because there was nobody I was ready for, and more importantly, there was nobody they were ready to meet.”
“My siblings impressed upon me that I needed to become whole on my own first so as not to commit another mistake. And thank God I listened to them.”
“It was a journey that oftentimes was lonely and painful, yet one I needed to travel to become the person I am today.”
“And now there is somebody in my life who is special. Weeks before any speculation about us came out, personal po siyang humingi ng permiso sa Kuya ko. Maraming iniisip si PNoy kaya ang intindi niya nung time na yun, may gagawin kami ni Mayor na project sa Quezon City.”
“Until later that same day nung nagtext kaming magkapatid, natawa na lang si PNoy na ‘permission to date his sister’ pala ang hiningi. But that gesture gained the respect of my brother and sisters, because it showed all of them na malinis ang intension para sa bunso nila.”
“Yes, my family welcomed him to join us during our get-together, because they want to know him better, and they want him to get to know our family. Just like other Filipino families, we are very close and we care deeply for each other.”
“Sa edad, napagdaanan at estado naming dalawa, alam namin na seryoso ang pinapasok namin. We both chose public careers that have given us deep fulfillment, and we do have exceptional professional and personal responsibilities. And part of that, is being answerable to all of you.”
“Ito po ang una at huling pagkakataon na pag-uusapan ko si Mayor Herbert Baustista sa puntong ito ng buhay namin, whether in my shows, interviews, personal social media posts. I promised him that our relationship won’t be a distraction in his obligations to the three million residents he took an oath of office to serve.”
“He has given more than 25 years of dedicated public service, and my respect for him and his office is such that I don’t want to add stress but hopefully give him inspiration.”
“In turn, Herbert has expressed his admiration and respect for the dedication and hard work I have put into my profession. And he values the love you, my audience, and I, have shared on a daily basis for almost 20 years.”
“I am 43 and on May 12, he will be 46. I am sure all of you who are watching me right now will agree when I state that staying together, that choosing to love one another requires much day-to-day effort. And if there is something that the past has taught me, it is that I can’t do this on my own.”
“Herbert and I are partners in either the failure or success of our being together, and we can strengthen what we have by allowing ourselves to have a chance at forever, by keeping private and quiet about what is here and now. We are a work in progress, and it is a joint project that both of us are happily undertaking with maturity, respect and commitment.”
Even with other things that happened in the entertainment scene these past days, this definitely made up the week that was in showbiz.
Stay tuned for developments on “Kristek.”