MANILA, Philippines - Star cager James Yap, husband of host-actress Kris Aquino, has broken his silence on the "confrontation" between his wife and a female fan, Mayen Austria.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Yap spoke about the incident and defended his wife against her critics. He also stressed that Mayen is not his girlfriend.
"Hindi naman totoo 'yon, hindi naman totoo. Siyempre lumalabas na naman ngayon na babae ko 'yon. Hindi ko naman mabi-blame si Kris na mag-react ng ganoon. May karapatan naman si Kris na mag-react ng ganoon dahil asawa niya ako," Yap said.
It was the second time that the Yap couple's love troubles have made headlines. In 2007, they went through a rough patch after Yap was rumored to have had a romantic affair with Hope Centeno, one of the receptionists at the Belo Medical Clinic then. Yap denied the rumors.
In an interview over "The Buzz," Aquino recounted what happened during the day of her encounter with Austria.
She said she was having lunch with Yap in their home when Yap's phone rang.
"When he answered, I heard a girl crying. I could hear their conversation because it was quiet in the house. Sinasabi noong girl, ginawa ko naman lahat... then James answered na kung ayaw sa ‘yo, 'wag mo pagpilitan ang sarili mo," Aquino narrated.
She said she asked Yap who called and he told her that it was Austria.
"Sabi ni James nagsabi sa kanya na iniwan daw ng isang guy and 'di alam ang gagawin. I asked him kung kilala niya iyong guy, he said no. So nagtaka ako, I said bakit ikaw ang iniiyakan?"
"I pointed out to James it was not proper. Baka she (Austria) was under the illusion that I'm not real, that I'm just a TV personality. So gusto ko puntahan para pakita na flesh and blood ako… tao ako... at misis ako," Aquino added.
She said she went to see Austria, who lived two streets away from their house. She said she rang the doorbell and Austria's mom came out.
"I said ma'am, I wanted to let you know, your daughter has been calling my husband and I'm not comfortable about it," she said.
"Never ako nagmura, never nanlait. Pinaramdam ko lang ang aking displeasure, siyempre asawa ako," said Aquino.
Aquino moving out of the house
In the interview, Aquino divulged that she is moving out of the home she shares with husband Yap because of the said controversy.
Aquino said she and her two sons, Joshua and Baby James, will be staying with her elder sister Pinky for the meantime.
But she clarified she and Yap have not formally split up, and that they are just taking some time off to sort out their problems.
"I'm not saying that the marriage is over. In my heart, gusto ko the marriage to work for our kids. I'm not putting a period, I'm not saying this is the end of the road. I'm hoping and praying maayos namin lahat pero kailangan ko rin ng space," she told co-host Boy Abunda at The Buzz.
Aquino also said she still loves Yap no matter how rocky their marriage has been.
"I love him and he knows I still love him. I've never given him any reason to doubt my fidelity. I just want the same thing in return," she said.
"Hindi naman puwedeng ako lang ang nagmamahal… Ako lang umiintindi. It takes two for this marriage to work. I want him to make me feel I'm really (his) wife, that (he's) a responsible husband and a loving father and that this marriage has a future."
Aquino also took the opportunity to apologize to Austria's mother.
"Mrs. Austria, on behalf of my family, hindi naman nga po kayo ang nanggulo sa asawa ko, kaya humihingi ako ng tawad sa inyo, pati kayo nadamay dito.
"Hindi ko gustong saktan kayo, ang kagalit ko po ay iyong anak niyo."
Aquino reiterated that her conversation with Austria's mom was "very calm the whole time."