LJ Reyes has finally bared her side regarding her separation from long-time partner Paolo Contis.
In an hour-long interview with Boy Abunda, the actress shared how the breakup was not a mutual decision, contrary to the initial reports that stated they have mutually decided to part ways.
“Hindi siya mutual. Kasi naniniwala ako na kapag mutual ang isang desisyon, ito ay pareho kayong sumasang-ayon na hindi na nagwo-work 'yung relationship,” she said.
LJ then recalled how the falling out began when Paolo started being distant "late last year."
The actor, according to LJ, used to stay at home most of the time. Then, he started going out more often even if he is not working.
"Kung pwedeng hindi umalis ng bahay, hindi naman siya aalis ng bahay. Parang nasa ibang mundo na po siya at parang pakiramdam ko eh iniintay niya lang na manggaling sa akin," she recalled.
She also tried to initiate talking about his sudden change of behavior, asking, "Are we okay? Parang iba ka. Hindi ko na nafe-feel yung dating ikaw, or yung treatment mo sa amin."
But then LJ said Paolo would always dodge her questions saying, "Akala mo lang 'yun. Ganun pa rin naman."
That situation then came to a point where some of her closest friends approached her about the alleged "sightings" of the actor.
“It came to a point na friend of a friend na po — as in close friend. 'Pag babae ka alam mo ata talaga at parang kahit sinong nagmamahal, alam mo."
Asked if she believes those "sightings" are true, she firmly said, “I can't be wrong. Siguradong-sigurado po ako. Marami na ko nakausap na nagpakita sa'kin ng katotohanan kung paano siya 'pag nakatalikod ako.”
While she's very hurt about what happened, she is more concerned about the welfare of their kids if they decide to separate since they are very close with their father.
"Yung pain ko naisantabi kasi mas nasasaktan ako para sa mga bata," she said.
"Nagbaba po ako ng pride kahit alam kong ako po 'yung nasasaktan. Titiisin ko po 'yun para sa mga bata kasi iniisip ko, baka kailangan nila ng complete family," she added.
LJ fought for the kids until the end. Recalling the last conversation they had, she shared, "Tinanong ko siya if he wants to take us back. Pero hindi na raw."
Tito Boy then asked one last time if third party was the cause of their breakup. LJ simply answered, "I think po maraming makakasagot n'yan kahit hindi ako sumagot."
LJ is currently in the United States with her kids "to recover and rebuild as a family." She has a son with Paulo Avelino named Aki, and a daughter with Paolo, Summer.
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