|Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon and her former boyfriend, Jaypee Santos
MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queen Janine Tugonon has moved on as she chose to leave the past behind and no longer dwell on the backlash she received after her very public announcement of her breakup with her boyfriend -- a non-showbiz guy.
Last month, Tugonon made headlines after she appeared on "Kris TV" with her former boyfriend, Jaypee Santos, and nonchalantly told host Kris Aquino that they have broken up.
The split was reportedly because of Tugonon’s attraction to The Script vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, who stayed in touch with her after the Irish band's concert in the Philippines last March.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Friday, Tugonon addressed the controversy for the first time, saying she is now enjoying her "uncommitted" status.
“I’m happy. Siguro I just want to enjoy what I have right now. There are a lot of opportunities and there are a lot of things to do pa, so focus on that muna. Sabi ko nga, whatever you do, you just have to accept the mistake, let it go and move on. There’s no good in dwelling on something negative,” she said.
Tugonon said she is not affected that her name has entered the pop-culture lingo. "Na-Janine" as a verb is used when your partner shares, candidly and publicly, that you have broken up, at least according to an internet meme generated by their breakup.
“I don’t want to dwell on it na talaga. It’s way, way beyond us. It’s way beyond our family -- the issue and all. Tapos na so I don’t want to think about it,” she said.
Amid all the intrigues, Tugonon said she takes comfort knowing that her “relationship with God is still the same and it’s not going break or it’s not going to be shaken.”
Asked if she is still open to a possible reconciliation with Santos, Tugnon said: “I don’t know pa. Siguro I want to take it calm and relaxed muna for now. Opportunities first.”