Actress-host Kris Aquino. ABS-CBN
MANILA - Kris Aquino revealed on Wednesday that she is in love, but requested that the man, who she did not identify, be given privacy.
The 43-year-old actress-host got candid on the topic during the live telecast of "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," when co-host Boy Abunda asked how she reacted when she was teased by ex-husband James Yap that her good mood owes to her being in love.
"Sabi ko, 'Oo!'" Aquino said, to audible surprised reactions in the studio. "You know me, I'll answer, right? So I said yes!"
But even as she admitted having a love life, Aquino said she hopes the mystery man will be spared from intrigues and media attention.
"But again, uulitin ko po ah, utang ko po sa inyo na i-kwento ko ang buhay ko, pero utang ko sa kanya na bigyan ko siya ng privacy at bigyan ko siya ng katahimikan. And sana i-regalo niyo na po sa amin iyon."
Earlier on Wednesday, Aquino reached an agreement with Yap regarding the visitation and custody of their only son, Bimby, following a tumultuous three years for the former couple.
It was during the hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court when Yap joked that he was surprised by how quickly they agreed, crediting Aquino's "love life" for the cheery air in the room.
"Gusto ko magpasalamat kay Kris na talagang okay na lahat at hindi siya galit sa akin... Kasi in love yata ito, e," Yap quipped, getting laughs from those in attendance at the hearing, including the basketball star and Aquino's respective lawyers.
Aquino and Yap were married in civil rites in July 2005. Their marriage was declared null in February 2012, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.
In February this year, Aquino confirmed entertaining a suitor, who she said left her "semi-brokenhearted" when he decided to stop pursuing her.
"Fault ko din naman," she shared at the time, explaining she may have offended her suitor with something she said. "Kasi 'di ba if you won't give yourself a chance, how will you ever get a chance? I'm giving myself a chance."
Among Aquino's other previous known partners are actors Robin Padilla, Phillip Salvador, and Joey Marquez. More recently, she was romantically linked to actor Daniel Matsunaga and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.