MANILA, Philippines -- Admitting he had tried to salvage his marriage to Pops Fernandez for a time, Martin Nievera acknowledged his wife of over 10 years may have already completely "moved on."
At the sidelines of a press conference held Thursday for the 18th anniversary of the concert variety program "ASAP," Nievera said he has come to accept that Fernandez may no longer be open to renewing their ties as a couple.
"I’ve already come to the part of my life where I think I’ve done everything I can, I’ve exhausted every resource that I have to try and get back and put this family back together again," the 50-year-old singer said.
"But I guess I failed. I guess I don’t deserve it. Whatever reason it is, I’m already resigned to the fact that she’s moved on, I’ve moved on and all I can do is to support her," he said.
The former couple first met in 1982, when Fernandez had just joined showbiz. They married four years later. They have two sons -- Robin and Ram.
Amid allegations of infidelity, Fernandez reportedly filed for the annulment of her marriage to Nievera in 1999. This was granted by the court only a year later.
More than a decade since, the former couple have managed to become close friends, and have even worked together in a number of Valentine-themed concerts.
In February, they are set to perform together anew for a concert with singing couple Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid.
"Pops and I didn’t start out as lovers, that’s why we’re still friends now," Nievera said of being able to work with Fernandez. "Friendship ang foundation namin. Hindi pa-fling-fling. We have been friends for many years before we fell in love with each other, so I think that’s the reason why we are the way we are."
Nievera also said he hopes the 46-year-old Fernandez will find a "quality" person for a partner.
"I want quality people to be her friends, to court her, to be her next boyfriend. Whatever it is, I wish and I pray they’re quality people, good people, good souls, good intentions, [that] they won’t use her, they won’t abuse her, they won’t forget her as often as I did during our marriage," he said.