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Bela Padilla Reveals How She Handled Her Breakup While Working With Her Ex

Must've been awkward.
PHOTO: Instagram/belapadilla

Most people would rather avoid crossing paths with their ex especially in the first few crucial months after breaking up. But our April Cosmo cover girl Bela Padilla had no such luxury. You see, she and her boyfriend of five years, Neil Arce, broke up in January while working on their film Luck At First Sight. Ouch.

Apart from both of them conceptualizing the film, Neil serves as one of its producers while Bela is the leading lady. With a movie at stake, the show, er, the shooting had to go on!

In a report by PEP.ph, Bela spoke about how she handled working with her ex when the whole breakup sitch happened. The actress said that she had to remain professional in spite of the unusual circumstance:

"Di po tayo gano'n. Kailangan po nating kumita ng pera. 'Pag shoot po, shoot agad. Walang pahinga. Shoot agad," she jokingly said in a recent press conference.

Bela said that she'd only let herself ~feel~ the breakup blues during quick pee breaks in between shoots:

"Sa portalet na lang po. Sa wiwi break. Mukmok konti, paglabas shoot agad. Hindi pwede [magmukmok]."


What eased Bela's heart, though, was getting to open up to her co-star Jericho Rosales. The actors bonded over Bela's heartache which eventually led them to developing a close friendship.

"Siya 'yung una kong kinukuwentuhan. Feeling ko nga kaya kami naging close ni Echo kasi bago 'yon di naman kami close. Sa kanya ako nag-o-open up. For some reason, si Echo ang daling kwentuhan."

Neil's love life, however, has been making headlines the past week with rumors circulating about him dating Angel Locsin. Bela, on her part, is only focusing on her career at this point in her life.

"Gusto ko munang palipasin lahat 'to. Gusto kong makita na 'yung reward ng hard work kasi ang tagal naming pinaghirapan ang movie. Nag-umpisa kami December pa lang. Medyo mahaba ang proseso kasi lahat kami may kanya-kanya ring ginagawa. Do'n kami naka-focus kesa sa personal na bagay."

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