Basketball player James Yap, TV host Kris Aquino and Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista. File photo / Composite
MANILA - Basketball player James Yap reacted to rumors that his former wife, TV host Kris Aquino, is dating Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista.
In an interview with reporters on Thursday during the announcement of winners of the PEPsters' Choice Awards, Yap only wished for his ex-wife's happiness.
"Sana masaya siya kung totoo man talaga. Ganoon lang naman talaga ang buhay, kailangang happy lang," said Yap, who is in a relationship with Italian Michela Cazzola.
When asked if he approves of Bautista for the mother of his son, Bimby, he said: "Ayaw ko nang makialam sa mga ganyang bagay."
When prodded further to confirm the rumor, Yap said: "Alam mo sa totoo lang, wala akong idea. Wala akong idea dahil wala naman siyang sinabi sa akin na pangalan. Pero sinabi niya lang sa akin na politician."
"Ako, hindi na ako nagugulat," he added. "Basta kung saan siya masaya, maganda 'yon at happy ang buhay niya."
Yap went on to stress that even if he knows who Aquino is dating, he will keep it to himself.
"Pero last Friday noong nagkita kami ng anak ko, siya mismo ang nagsabi sa akin kung sino. Tapos sabi niya joke lang... Ayaw ko nang makialam, mamaya magalit pa sa akin si Kris," he said.
James says he and Kris are 'okay'
Meanwhile, Yap shared that he and Aquino rarely get to talk to each other.
"Sa totoo lang hindi kami nag-uusap talaga. Doon lang kami nag-usap noong nagkita kami sa Makati... Kasi 'yun nga, 'di ako pwedeng lumapit sa kanya," he said.
"Well, made-describe ko na okay naman kami, pero mas okay na hindi kami mag-usap. Mas maganda na 'yung ganoon para iwas na lang sa gulo at alam namin sa isa't isa na nakakapag-move on na kaming dalawa. Ang focus na lang talaga namin is 'yung anak namin, kung paano namin palalakihin," he added.
Extra effort for Bimby
Yap also spoke on the issue that Aquino is asking him to exert more effort to bond with their son.
The host-actress made the statement after seeing Bimby swimming and playing with model-actor Daniel Matsunaga during their Palawan trip for her morning show, "Kris TV."
"Naawa ako kaya dapat um-effort si James," Aquino said on the show. "Naghahanap talaga si Bimb ng masculine companionship, playmate."
Yap, however, stressed that he is doing his best to bond with his son every Friday.
"Ginagawa ko 'yung kaya ko, hangga't kaya ko, hindi ba? Kasi mahirap din na once a week lang. Once a week ko lang nakikita 'yung anak ko. At ginagawa ko naman 'yung part ko as a father na mapalapit sa anak ko. Hindi ko rin naman sinasabi kung ano ang ginagawa namin every Friday. Ngayon sabihin ko na para alam na.
"Well, nagsu-swimming kami, naghahabulan kami. Alam mo 'yung bonding talaga para maging athletic ang anak ko. Kumbaga naghahabulan kami, takbuhan, ganyan," he said.
Yap hopes that he gets to have a vacation with his son this summer.
"Manggagaling pa rin sa anak namin 'yan kung gusto niya. Nagpapahaging na ako. Sa ngayon okay naman kung dito lang sa Manila dahil di pwede ilipad," he said.