MANILA - The three daughters of Cesar Montano do not mind if the actor starts dating again, following his separation from their mother, actress Sunshine Cruz.
In a live interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Thursday, Cruz said her children have been encouraging both her and Montano to meet other people.
Cruz and Montano separated in January 2013 over the actor's alleged affair with model-actress Krista Miller, after 13 years as a married couple.
"Actually, yesterday they were together with Cesar and nakita nila na may tini-text na kung sinuman, I don't know," Cruz said. "Sabi nila, 'You know, dad, it's okay, you don't have to deny it to us. It's okay if you have a girlfriend.' So ganoon na sila ka-open-minded."
Her children, according to Cruz, also gave her permission to enter into a relationship, if a new man comes along.
"Gusto na nga nilang mag-date ako," she said. "They would always tell me na, 'Ma, you deserve to be happy. All you do is work and take care of us. I think you should date already.'"
But Cruz, who is currently taping ABS-CBN's upcoming series "Pure Love," admitted that she is not keen on dating for now. She explained that her hesitation comes from having a full plate as a working mom.
"I would always tell them na hindi pa talaga right time, kasi kakalipat lang namin ng Paranaque," Cruz shared. "Nag-a-adjust pa ako, nag-a-adjust pa sila sa school, nagtatrabaho pa ako. Parang ang hirap lang paghatiin 'yung trabaho, love life, atsaka mga kids.
"For now, I don't think I am prepared and ready for it," she said.
The actress emphasized, however, that she is not closing her doors on finding a lifetime partner, saying she is still hoping to grow old with someone.
"I know in God's time, darating naman 'yan. And sana talaga it's someone who will love my children, who will respect me, kung anuman ang past ko, matanggap niya, at mamahalin niya ako kung sino talaga ako ngayon," she said.