Gab Valenciano has finally opened up about his split with model-blogger Tricia Centenera.
During the “I Can Do That” press conference earlier today, March 2, the dancer-actor shared that back when he decided to get married in 2014, he wasn’t completely ready.
“You need to be one million percent ready for something this major,” he said. “Honestly I don’t know back then if I was one million percent ready, but all I can say is may shortcomings on my side. I think preparation is a very big word.”
He added that there’s no chance for them to get back together.
“It’s sad because no one ever wants to fail in a marriage, but it is what it is. I believe that we are happier apart than we are together,” he said.
Asked whether the cheating allegations against him were true, he said he prefers to keep silent.
“I don’t really wanna confirm or deny anything, I will just say that may pagkakamali din ako. May mga ginawa din ako na hindi tama, in her case may ginawa din naman siya na hindi tama. It takes two to tango in a relationship,” he related.
Gab further said that those who were linked to him such as Alodia Gosiengfiao, Lauren Reid, Issa Pressman, and Dani Camcam are just his friends.
“Kapag may nakakita sa akin with a girl, automatic na nali-link agad. They’re my friends and they’re very dear to me, and it’s sad that nasama ‘yung mga pangalan nila and na-affect ‘yung friendship,” he said. “That was six or seven months ago and we’ve recovered our friendship.”
Gab also explained why he chose to remain low-key during the height of the issue back in September.
“I believe that every woman has the right to seek recovery, to seek help. That will not happen [if nagsalita ako]. It will add fuel to the fire. Kumbaga kapag nagsalita ako, anong sasabihin ko? Am I gonna call her a liar? Am I gonna call her fake? Hindi, kasi she’s hurt. At the end of the day, a woman will always get the sympathy, which is the right thing because a man should lead,” he explained.
Despite everything that happened, Gab maintained that they remained friends.
“It’s not the best friendship yet, but we are talking. Siyempre recovery pa eh… Pero we’re okay…. She’s free to see anybody she wants. She’s free to do whatever she wants. But of course I always want her to be safe, to make sure she’s alright. I want to see her soar in life.”
Gab and Tricia married three times, a civil ceremony in the United States in 2014, and in Tagaytay and Boracay in 2015.
The two are pushing for divorce, although the papers have not yet been finalized.