MANILA -- Award-winning actor Coco Martin admitted for the first time that his "Ikaw Lamang" leading lady, actress Kim Chiu, had hurt his feelings in the past.
Appearing on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Wednesday, Martin opened up on his rift with Chiu while working on the 2010 primetime drama "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo," which also starred Kris Aquino.
"Ang daming beses po (nagtampuhan)," Martin told the show's host Boy Abunda.
Aquino, for her part, confessed that she had a role in the rift.
"He hated us talaga, nag-naughty lang kami ni Kimmy. Matagal yon parang mga one month niya kaming hindi kinibo," Aquino said, adding that she already apologized to Martin.
Although Martin did not go into the details of the rift, there were rumors circulating at the time that Chiu was making fun of Martin's fashion sense on the set.
But on Wednesday, Martin assured Abunda that he has since moved on and no longer holds any grudge against the "Bride for Rent" actress.
"Bago po mag-start 'yung show (Ikaw Lamang) nakapag-usap kami ni Kim. Actually hindi niya alam na ilang beses niya akong nasaktan. Hindi niya sinasadya. Kasi lalaki ako, hindi ko naman ino-open sa kanya," he said. "Basta 'yon, nakapag-usap kami bago magsimula itong soap opera at hanggang ngayon at least ay okay na kami."
Meanwhile, Martin admitted that he feels pressured to live up to the success of the love team of Chiu and actor Xian Lim, which started on TV's "My Binondo Girl."
"Unang una ngayon ko lang makakatambal si Kim. Hindi ko din alam kung tatanggapin ako ng fans, ng mga tao, sa unang pagtatambal namin," he said.
Asked about how some fans of Chiu and Lim have expressed their disapproval with their upcoming series, Martin replied: "Sa akin po artista ako, ito ang trabaho ko. Darating ang panahon na iba't ibang tao ang makakatrabaho ko. Sa akin kasi talaga nandito ako para mag-trabaho."
"Ikaw Lamang," which also stars Jake Cuenca and Julia Montes will premiere on March 10.