From third parties and disapproving parents (a.k.a bawal na pag-ibig), to death (gasps!), here's a list of five v v complicated breakups in Philippine showbiz.
1. Heart Evangelista and Jericho Rosales
Heart's parents used to be very vocal about who they wanted her to date. For the three years that these two were together, we saw a new Heart—one who stood up to her parents for the sake of love. Eventually, Heart heeded her parents' advice and broke up with her "true love" via phone in 2008. Echo was allegedly having an affair with Malaysian actress, Carmen Soo.
2. Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil
Nikki Gil could very well be the Philippine poster girl for saving yourself for marriage. Almost everyone had their bets on this long-term couple to make it to the altar—which made their breakup in 2013 even more shocking. Time almost stopped when Billy went on live TV saying that they broke up because he was "feeling lost," and that he needed to be with family.
Nikki told Cosmopolitan Magazine in December 2013 that she brushed aside the rumor that her boyfriend of five years was cheating on her, even when she felt in her gut that it was true.
There is clearly love lost between the two with Nikki having the last say about Billy's relationship with then girlfriend and now, current fiancé Colleen Garcia.
Nikki is now happily married to BJ Albert and is expecting their first child.
3. KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual
This list would not be complete without a look back at KC and Piolo's rocky a-little-over-a-year relationship. From KC's public pronouncement in 2011 that PJ couldn't deliver a basic requirement of every woman, "May mga hinahanap ako na basic lang na hahanapin ng isang babae sa isang boyfriend, sa isang lalaki," to the Megastar herself, KC's mother, Sharon Cuneta getting into a twitter war with Piolo Pascual fans.
The breakup was traumatizing for the two and took them four whole years to patch things up.
4. Rico Yan-Claudine Barretto-Raymart Santiago
Claudine Barretto has had her fair share of controversies. Her much-publicized four-year relationship with '90s star Rico Yan ended with his tragic death in 2002 while he was on vacation in Palawan. This, however, wasn't enough to prepare us for her complicated relationship with Raymart Santiago.
Claudine met Raymart when she was just 10 years old, claiming she had a big crush on him. She seemingly got her wish and the two married in 2006. Just five years after the wedding, the public got confirmation that things were not going well when Claudine made a scene at a bank after she discovered that their joint account had been emptied.
Many allegations, lawsuits, and restraining orders later, the two seemed to have settled their differences—or have they?
5. Joey Marquez-Kris Aquino-James Yap
Kris Aquino could very well be the queen of complicated relationships.
Her string of high profile breakups (from Alvin Patrimonio to Robin Padilla) couldn't prepare us for the show-stopping revelation in 2002 that Joey Marquez gave her an STD and even pointed a gun at her. She filed four lawsuits against the then Parañaque City Mayor, only to retract them after a closed door meeting.
She then moved on to marry basketball star James Yap in 2005. Their marriage was declared null and void in 2012, just seven years after their private wedding.
Their short-lived marriage was marred by infidelities—remember Hope Centeno, former receptionist of Belo Medical Clinic who was James' alleged mistress?
Kris has turned her attention to her kids and is said to be friendly to James' current girlfriend Michella "Mic" Cazzola but not to her former husband.