BB Gandanghari and Legazpi family (L-R): Maverick, Carmina, Cassie and Zoren. (Composite Photo)
MANILA – BB Gandanghari denied that he intentionally avoided his former wife, Carmina VIllarroel, during the debut party of Kathryn Bernardo which they both attended.
Speaking to the showbiz website Philippine Entertainment Portal, Gandanghari said they just didn’t get the chance to greet each other during the party.
"Hindi naman sa sinadya pero hindi lang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon. Ang drama namin is 'so near yet so far,'” he said.
In a previous episode of “Buzz ng Bayan,” Villarroel shared that their assigned tables were actually side by side but despite this, the ex-couple did not have opportunity to talk to each other.
“Alam ko lang na nandoon siya kasi nauna kaming dumating. So nung dumating sila, 'yung Padilla family, alam ko na. Nakita ko na sila from afar. Hindi kami nagkakitaan. Nakita ko lang na dumating siya kasama sila Robin and sila Mariel (Rodriguez),” she said.
“Naupo na ako sa table namin. Guess what? [Magkatabi ang table namin],” she said. “Na-feel ko 'yung mga mata nila nasa amin. Bawat galaw ko tinitignan kung magbabatian ba kami or anong mangyayari,” she continued.
Looking back, Gandanghari said he is glad he and Villarroel actually didn’t talk that night because there is a right timing for everything.
“Parang walang nag-introduce sa amin. So, ganun na lang 'yon,” he said. "It's not the right time, ayaw ko kasing... Of course I can always say hi, wala namang masama. It's just that ayaw kong mapaglaruan at that time."
Just like Villarroel, Gandanghari said he would prefer to meet the TV host privately.
"Anyway, it's the first time na nagkikita sina BB and Carmina. So I guess it should be best kung isang mas private na place or something,” he said.
Asked if he is now ready to speak to Villarroel, “Napakaliit ng mundong ito para hindi kami magkita o magkausap nang aksidente. Nakahanda na ako doon anytime. So hindi na ako natataranta kapag ganyan.”
Villarroel and Gandanghari tied the knot in 1994, but separated in 1996. Their marriage was annulled in 2002.
Gandanghari came out of the closet in 2006 while he was inside the “Pinoy Big Brother” house.