Former couple Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana in March 2014. Photo from the actress' Instagram page
MANILA - Actress Carla Abellana has confirmed that she and actor Geoff Eigenmann, her boyfriend of almost four years, have broken up.
The 27-year-old actress admitted the separation in an interview on "Startalk" aired Sunday, saying they "cannot keep hiding the truth," following months of speculation on the status of their relationship.
Rumors about the couple's status began to surface early this year, with Abellana denying in March that they have separated.
"Hindi naman kami puwede magsinungaling," she said. "Almost four years 'yung relationship namin ni Geoff. I remember I was the first one pa na nagsabi na, yes, Geoff and I are officially together. So, you know, it's just right, I believe, na ako narin ang magsabi na we're no longer together."
Abellana and Eigenmann first got acquainted in 2009 when they were paired in the GMA-7 series "Rosalinda," her launching project as an actress.
Asked what caused their breakup, Abellana said: "I wish it were easy, I wish it were just one reason. Pero hindi, e. Geoff and I are two different people, and we're too different. There are just so many reasons."
"We don't share the same values. Mas madalas, hindi kami nagkakasundo kaysa nagkakasundo. So, you know, mahirap. Kasi, for me, it was the small things talaga, e. Small details, small things. It was the small things that contributed to one big thing," she continued.
However, Abellana opted not to share these problems, saying she still respects her former boyfriend.
"We're too diferrent talaga. Mas nagka-clash pa kami, kaysa nagkakasundo, Ang daming reasons and I wish puwede kong i-enumerate isa-isa, pero hindi nalang. Siyempre, I respect Geoff, I respect myself kahit paano pa rin," she said.
'The hardest part'
Abellana turned emotional when the topic of Eigenmann's family was brought up, as she recalled having close ties with them, including the actor's mother, screen veteran Gina Alajar.
"That's the hardest part -- family, siyempre," Abellana said, her voice breaking. "You don't just break up with Geoff, you break up with the family."
"The Eigenmann's naman have welcomed me as part of the family since the beginning. Hindi na ako iba sa kanila, they never treated me as an outsider. Pakiramdam ko I'm part of the Eigenmann family. So it was extremely difficult not just to make a decision, but to break it to them na rin."
Abellana explained that she did not have to explain the situation to Alajar, as the veteran actress had been aware of the former couple's problems and understood why they had to break up.
Pausing to contain her emotions at one point, Abellana continued, "Sobrang grateful ako sa mga Eigenmanns. Ang bait nilang lahat... Everybody's been so nice to me. Sobrang grateful ako na I got to share three, four years of my life with them and I got to know them much better."
"And it doesn't end there. Sabi nila, 'We won't treat you any differently. We'll see you around. Okay, you and Geoff are not together anymore pero, hindi, nandito lang kami lagi.' Gano'n naman sila."