The former couple have reportedly separated, according to an official statement released by ABS-CBN News on Monday, January 29, 2024. This comes after more than a year of rumors speculating about their marriage being over.
READ: official statement about Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones' separation
It was the couple's godfather, Ricco Ocampo, who confirmed the news. In his statement, Ricco pointed out that the two have remained good friends despite their separation.
"While the friendship between the two remains, they have decided it is time to lead separate lives. They are encouraging each other to grow, albeit in different directions. It was a mutual decision, an amicable separation, dealt with grace and maturity by both parties," Ricco said in his statement shared with ABS-CBN News.
His statement also read, "The two are filled with gratitude for the memories they’ve made together and the lessons they’ve learned. They have journeyed through the separation with the utmost respect and care toward one another precisely because Echo and Kim are the best of friends and love each other like family."
Ricco made sure to clarify that the split was a result of their utmost respect for each other and that there were no ill feelings between the two.
"This split is not borne out of ill feelings. On the contrary, one might say that it is a demonstration of their affection and respect, as Echo and Kim only wish the best for each other. They are incredibly grateful for those who have supported them throughout the years, and appreciate the respect of their privacy during this time," the statement read.
Ricco revealed that the two are working on various projects that are slated to be released this 2024. The mentioned project produced by Jericho also credits Kim as the writer, director, and actor.
Jericho and Kim started dating back in 2011, and it was on May 1, 2014, when the two decided to tie the knot in a private beach wedding. They were the ultimate lowkey lovebirds!
Allegations about their separation first surfaced in September 2022 and the rumor mill just wouldn't stop. However, they continued appearing at events together, commenting on each others' Instagram posts, and stayed supportive of their respective careers.
Recently, Kim also left a heartwarming comment on her stepson Santino Rosales' Instagram posts commemorating his 2023 milestones. "Love this, Santino. Can’t wait to see your 2024. x," Kim wrote.
This came after Jericho told the public that they are ~*on good terms*~ and nothing was wrong between them. "We’re happy. We’re good. We’re amazing, fantastic, we’re good," he stated during an interview at an event.
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"We got married not because we wanted to 'settle down,' or because our individual directions weren’t changing in any way. We just realized really that whatever we wanted to do, we wanted to do it together," Kim Jones told Preview in an interview back in 2018.
Jericho meanwhile said, "It’s just that we don’t treat marriage as the end of the world, or end of our lives, or careers, you know."
Kim also casually addressed questions on when she was having a baby, or why she didn’t change her last name when she got married.
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Did you know that Jericho wanted to take a break from dating—until Kim came along?
In an interview, Jericho recalled going to the date organized by his friend and meeting Kim for the very first time. "I said I don't wanna date anymore. I need a break. And then they showed me a picture... (I said) sige na nga [laughs]" Jericho said in an interview. It was Kim's photo that was shown to him.
They didn't hit off at first. There were a couple of misunderstandings and not-so-cool moments that happened between Jericho and Kim during their first date. "I didn't understand his jokes at first, and then he didn't understand me because my accent was so thick," Kim mentioned.
But for Jericho, he was mesmerized by Kim's beauty from the get-go. "'Nung nakita ko siya, sabi ko, mas maganda pa siya sa personal, ang ganda ng mata," he shared.
It was not a smooth start for Jericho and Kim, and it even took two months before that second date! However, cupid did its job in 2011, after a beach trip, when Kim saw Echo in a different light. They had surfing lessons together and talked about *a lot* of things during their drive back home. "That's when I first started to have dreamy eyes for him," Kim admitted.