Ruffa Gutierrez. File Photo.
MANILA – Despite her failed marriage to Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas, beauty queen-turned-actress Ruffa Gutierrez said it is still her dream to walk down the aisle again one day.
A self-confessed "romantic at heart," Gutierrez told The Philippine Star that she is hoping for her dream to come true “in the next five years.”
"Before kasi, ayoko na magpakasal talaga. Pero since ang daming nagpapakasal lately and every time na may nagpapakasal umiiyak ako, sabi ko, 'Ay, I'm really a romantic at heart.' So gusto ko talaga magpakasal ulit," she said.
Gutierrez and Bektas got married in 2003. However, Gutierrez admitted in 2007 that she and Bektas had parted ways. It was only in January 2011 that their marriage was declared null and void.
According to Gutierrez, it matters that she has the blessing of her two daughters whose only wish is for her to be happy again.
"Ang gusto nila, ang dream nila, kaming tatlo lang. Pero sabi kasi nila, they're not selfish. And they know that they want me to be happy one day," she said. "As long as that person is kind-hearted, mahal ako, mahal sila (her children), can be a kid sometimes, doesn't smoke, would treat me well," she said.
The "Maybe This Time" star, however, noted that she would definitely be "choosy" the next time she falls in love.
"We have to be choosy because number one, I have two kids I have to take care of, their future is at stake. And number two, marami na akong naranasan na heartbreak. So ayokong masaktan ulit. I would rather be alone than get hurt," she said.
Last week, Gutierrez said on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" that she is not "officially" dating anyone.
She said that her posts on her social media accounts that seem to hint on romance are just a "hobby."
"No, no one yet officially. Kasi I'm so busy with it," she said, referring to the Star Cinema film, which also stars actress and pop singer Sarah Geronimo.