Lolit Solis has spoken up about Paolo Contis and LJ Reyes' separation.
On September 2, Lolit, who happens to be Paolo's co-manager, took to her Instagram account to share her thoughts on the issue, saying that Paolo is also in emotional pain amid the split.
"Alam mo Salve, yung broken relationship, hindi lang ang babae ang hurting. Sa mga nakita ko, madalas pa ngang in pain at mas mahirap mag move on yung lalaki dahil hindi tulad ng babae na open sa kanilang nadarama, mas madalas na itinatago ng mga lalaki ang tunay nilang feeling."
Lolit went on, saying that men tend to conceal their vulnerable side and pretend to be strong while handling a broken relationship. She also implied that Paolo is choosing to keep silent so as not to end up saying something he might regret later on.
"Ayaw nila na malamang in pain sila; yung false machismo, kadalasan na para bang 'pag lalaki, dapat stronger. Dapat mas matapang sa pagtanggap ng nasirang relasyon. At kadalasan, para walang masabi na they will regret later, tumatahimik na lang sila."
Lolit shared she feels sad for Paolo and LJ going their separate ways. She reiterated that it's not just LJ who's hurting, but Paolo, too. She wishes they treasure their happy memories together and that they harbor no resentment towards one another, especially for the sake of their two-year-old daughter, Summer Ayana.
"Imposible na hindi sila parehong nasaktan. Imposible na hindi sila apektado. Kahit siguro naging mas matindi ang problema kaya hindi nila nakaya at humantong sa hiwalayan, sana naman walang bitterness na mamagitan. Nasaktan sila pareho; puwedeng mas sumuko ang isa at hindi na kaya, pero sana yung naging pagmamahal nila sa isa't-isa ang maging lasting memory para na rin kay Summer."
Lolit feels that it's best for both camps to not speak further publicly about the matter, while they are still both in so much pain and might say things in the heat of the moment. She hopes they can still become friends.
"Sa ngayon, masakit pa, dama mo pa rin ang pait, ang pain, kaya siguro mas mabuting tahimik muna sila. May mga bagay ka kasing nasasabi na later on, magsisisi ka na sinabi mo 'pag wala na ang galit sa loob mo. Sa ngayon, damang-dama pa nila ang pain, yung loss, yung dating ginagawa na hindi na nila mauulit dahil hindi na sila magkasama."
"So sad for Paolo and LJ . It was not meant to be, pero sana makatagpo pa sila pareho ng happiness in their journey. Let Summer be the sunshine in their life. Sana maging friends pa rin sila."
In an earlier IG post on August 22, Lolit declared, "Walang third party sa hiwalayang Paolo Contis at LJ Reyes; it was a matter of na-outgrow na nila ang romance sa kanilang relasyon."
In an episode of Mars Pa More aired on August 27, LJ said she didn't give Paolo a reason to get angry or to hold a grudge against her.
On September 1, Boy Abunda released on YouTube an interview with LJ, who recently flew to the US with her kids Summer and Aki, her son with Paulo Avelino.
The first time they broke up, LJ said she swallowed her pride and asked for another chance.
"Tinanong ko siya if he wants to take us back. Pero hindi na daw."
When Paolo unfollowed LJ and deleted all her pics on Insta, LJ said she felt "disrespected" for herself and her kids. At the time, she had already told Paolo of her plans to bring the children to the US.
For now, LJ wants to look out for the welfare of her kids and to start a new life for them.
"Tulungan ninyo po kami na makapagsimula ulit ng tahimik," she appealed to netizens.
As of this writing, Paolo has refused to comment on their separation.