MANILA, Philippines – Years since her separation with former husband Ylmaz Bektas, actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez admitted she had introduced an actor -- former flame -- to her daughter Lorin and Venice, but declined to identify him.
|Ruffa Gutierrez. File photo
Gutierrez, who now enjoys her “freedom” from her controversial marriage with Bektas, on Tuesday said she had introduced the actor to her children, who she dated after her annulment with the Turkish businessman.
“May artista na akong pinakilala sa kanila, because magkasama kami sa trabaho, so ang tawag talaga nila tito,” Gutierrez said in an interview on dzMM.
Asked to name the actor she was referring to, Gutierrez refused to divulge his identity, but implied that their relationship has been public knowledge.
“Diyos ko, alam niyo naman kung sino ‘yun – pero ang tawag nila (Lorin and Venice) tito lang,” she added.
While their relationship didn’t last, Gutierrez said she is no hurry to find a new love as she is now on a “love sabbatical” to focus on her career and her children.
“Sa tingin ko naman dahil bata pa naman ako, I have no problems naman in meeting people, it’s just that now I’m on a love sabbatical, at ayokong ma-distract sa aking trabaho and where I want to go in life. Pero sa tingin ko naman, yes, I will have someone to be with me and hold my hand for the rest of my life,” Gutierrez said.
Although she has since severed marital ties with her former husband, Gutierrez said she and Bektas continue to communicate for their daughters Lorin, who is now eight years old, and Venice, who is seven.
“He called mga three weeks ago, nag-Skype sila ng mga bata for the first time. Nakita ko ‘yung joy ng mga bata na nakikipag-usap sila kay Ylmaz. It was a very emotional time dahil face to face eh,” Gutierrez said.
“I think it’s nice that they have a good relationship with their father, kasi never ko naman siniraan si Ylmaz sa mga anak ko, [sa kabila ng] lahat ng mga nangyari sa’min, ‘yung ginawa niya sa 'kin, kumbaga alam ng mga tao my life naman is an open book.”
Despite staying in contact with Bektas, Gutierrez insisted that she wants to continue raising their children as a single mother.
“'Wag na siyang tumulong kasi nagawan ko naman silang buhayin at suportahan since the breakup. At saka nakakatakot kasi baka humingi pa ako kay Ylmaz ng tulong and then makikialam siya buhay ko," she said.
“I’m very happy that I have my freedom na. He has no right to tell me what to do dahil annulled na kami, and at the same time ako ang bumubuhay sa mga anak ko, I make the decisions.”