Former FEU Tamaraws cager Terrence Romeo during a July 2013 match at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - GlobalPort cager Terrence Romeo has finally gone on record to clarify his rumored ties with comedian Vice Ganda, who recently confirmed that he has broken up with his mystery boyfriend.
Romeo has been linked to the "It's Showtime" co-host since his stint in the UAAP as a player for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, which Vice Ganda has been vocal of supporting as an alumnus of the school.
Vice Ganda first hinted about the end of his relationship last May 9 through a series of posts on Twitter. "It is over," he said in one tweet.
Another tweet read, "i TRied but im TiRed. time To Rest." This had fans of the comedian speculating on the apparent hints in the capitalization of the letters, with a number asking if the initials "TR" pertained to Romeo.
In a live interview on "The Buzz" last May 18, Vice Ganda confirmed that he and his boyfriend, who he has known for five years, have indeed separated. The comedian, however, still did not divulge the identity of his former partner.
In the weeks following Vice Ganda's first tweet about the breakup, a Facebook post from an account named "Terrence Bill Romeo" addressed the issue.
The post read, unedited: "Ako na ang nagsasabi sainyong lahat wala kaming naging relasyon ni Vice!!!!! Ang hirap sainyo kaagad nanghuhusga kayo wala naman kayong alam!!!!!!! D'delete ko na mga account ko kapag ako yung nainis!!!! Konting respeto naman pwede!!!!!"
Speaking to Spin.ph's Snow Badua on Friday, Romeo denied that the Facebook account is his, but added that what the post said is true.
"Hindi ko FB 'yun. Pero okay na rin 'yung ganun at least alam ng mga tao," Romeo said. "Mas okay na 'yung ganun na may nagsabi [sa Facebook para sa akin] ng ganun. Kasi totoo naman 'yung sinabi niya na wala kaming relasyon [ni Vice]."
Romeo lamented that the rumor has long affected his image, and that he wants it to be put to rest. He also asked fans of Vice Ganda to stop spreading rumors about him.
"Sana matapos na 'yung isyu na 'yan, dahil paulit ulit lang naman na hindi katotohanan! Isang multo yan ng imahe ko na gusto ko nang mabura totally," he said. "Sana huwag na silang gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi totoo. Sariling buhay na lang nila yung pansinin nila."
Romeo's father speaks up
Meanwhile, Romeo's father, William, came to the defense of his son following allegations that he supposedly received expensive gifts from Vice Ganda, including a condominium unit and a car.
"Walang katotohanan 'yun," he told Spin.ph. "Kasi kahit pumunta ka sa condo ni Terrence, iisa lang ang kotse niya tapos yung condo niya, pabahay lang ng Globalport 'yun."
The older Romeo said he had been wanting to speak with Vice Ganda, but decided against it upon the urging of his wife. "Pag may nadinig pa siguro ako, siguro kakausapin ko na siya. Pag nagsalita pa ulit siya, kakausapin ko na siya. Matagal ko na siyang gustong kausapin. Wala lang akong pagkakataon," he said.
Romeo's father added that he believes the 21-year-old cager when he says he never had a relationship with Vice Ganda.
"Si Terrence talagang tinuturuan ko 'yan ng katuturan. So kung totoo man 'yang istorya na 'yan, sinuway niya ko. Dahil hindi naman lahat ng oras nakasama ko siya. Pero si Terrence, kumpleto ng aral sa akin 'yan," he said.
When asked for his message for Vice Ganda, Romeo only said: "Wala, wala. Ayoko na ng pinag-uusapan pa 'yun. Baka pag nag-message pa ako, pangit naman. Wala naman akong sasabihin [sa kanya]."