MANILA - Kris Aquino on Tuesday night was asked to say if she is still in love with former husband James Yap, following the airing of an interview on "Aquino and Abunda Tonight" where she emotionally thanked and apologized to the star cager.
Initially laughing at the question from co-host Boy Abunda, Aquino turned serious as she admitted that she regrets not forgiving Yap during their marriage.
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The two were married in civil rites in July 2005. Their marriage was declared null in February 2012, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.
They have one child, Bimby, who will turn 7 on April 19.
"There's a lot of regret. That's the truth. Maraming panghihinayang," Aquino said. "Nagsisisi ako na noong dapat nagpatawad ako, sana nagpatawad ako. But it is what it is and we have moved on."
She added: "I will repeat it -- binigay ni James Yap sa akin ang isang bagay na no other man gave me. Binigay niya 'yung pangalan niya sa akin. Nawala man 'yon, nabura man 'yon, meron kaming matinding pinagsamahan -- the fact na at one point in our lives, we loved each other enough."
"Pero 'yung if I love him now? He will always have a place in my heart, but I'm at a point already na meron na akong ibang gustong makasama panghabang-buhay," Aquino said, to audible shrieks in the studio.
In the live episode of the "Aquino and Abunda Tonight" on Monday, Aquino admitted dating Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.
In the joint statement read by Aquino on the program, the couple expressed hopes of having "a chance at forever."
Yap, meanwhile, has been open about his relationship with an Italian, Michela Cazzola, who was recently seen with Bimby during one of the star cager's games.