Conrad Onglao and Zsa Zsa Padilla
MANILA – Zsa Zsa Padilla finally broke her silence amid criticisms about her recently-revealed relationship with renowned architect Conrad Onglao.
Since Padilla and Onglao made their romantic ties public, some people questioned how the singer-actress “quickly” moved on since Comedy King Dolphy’s passing.
Dolphy, who was Padilla’s partner for 23 years, died almost two years ago.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Sunday, Padilla said, “Sabi nga nila isang taon ang pagluluksa. Ayun, hindi mo naman masasabi. Meron akong kaibigan dati, nawalan siya ng boyfriend. Sabi niya ‘Na-meet ko yung naging asawa ko wala pang isang taon.’ So hindi mo masasabi ‘yun.”
Padilla added falling in love with Onglao was not something she planned.
“Kapag talagang may dumating na sa palagay mo siya na ‘yun, [wala ka nang magagawa]. Saka hindi na tayo bagets,” she said. “Sobrang saya. Talagang napaka-blessed ko na dumating si Architect Conrad sa buhay ko kasi before that, mahirap talaga.”
In a past interview, Padilla revealed she agreed to date Ongalo because she’s already tired of mourning Dolphy’s death.
Meanwhile, Padilla said she appreciates that Dolphy’s children are not against her new boyfriend.
Eric Quizon, for his part, previously said, "Zsa Zsa and I have been very good friends. And ang friendship naman namin... It doesn't mean na just because my dad is dead, doon matatapos iyon. No. We all have our lives, we all have to move on. Whatever she does, kung saan siya masaya, she has the support of the whole family.”
Reiterating what Quizon said, Padilla explained, “Siyempre lahat kami nagsama-sama naman sa pagmamahal at pag-aaruga kay Dolphy. Lahat naman kami gusto namin maka-move forward sa buhay.”
“Tanggap siya [ng mga anak ko] and ang gusto ko talaga sa kanya, he’s big on family and he makes it a point din na mahalin ang mga anak ko. I really prayed hard for a man who will love my children as much as I love them,” she added.