Janice firm on cutting ties with John


Posted at Jun 30 2012 09:28 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2012 01:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Actress-host Janice de Belen is resolute about her decision to cut ties with her former husband John Estrada.

Moments after Estrada's one-on-one interview aired on "Showbiz Inside Report," which de Belen co-hosts, the former "Flordeluna" star said she doesn't see their current status changing anytime soon.

De Belen said "there is nothing more to say," and that their children have remained in contact with Estrada despite their estrangement.

"Malalaki na kasi 'yung mga anak ko, so there really is no reason for both of us to talk. Kung mayroon man akong dapat sabihin ... wala naman kasi akong kailangang sabihin.

"Kung 'yung mga anak ko may kailangan sabihin sa kanya, pwede naman silang dumiretso," de Belen said.

John's new family

The "Budoy" star also explained why she is averse to doing a film or television project with Estrada, with whom she separated in 2001.

"When I say I do not like to work with him, one reason is because kung magwo-work kami together -- kung ganito nga lang pinaguusapan na nang husto -- lalo na if we work together dahil mas mahabang panahon 'yun," she said.

De Belen also acknowledged Estrada's new family as being a major reason to avoid working together.

Estrada is now married to beauty queen titlist Priscilla Meirelles, with whom he has a four-month-old daughter.

"May pamilya na siya," de Belen said. "Syempre kahit ano pa sabihin mo, paguusapan at paguusapan. Ayokong makaapekto sa kahit na anong pamilya."

Still her children's father

Despite no longer being in touch with Estrada, de Belen said their four children have maintained good relationships with their father.

De Belen also said that since her separation from Estrada, their four kids never once asked if there is a chance for them to get back together since they have "always [been] told the truth."

"For my children klaro na ang mga bagay-bagay. Wala na silang mga hula-hula. Kinlaro ko na kasi agad. You have to come clean.

"Naniniwala kasi ako na kailangan mo na sabihan 'yung mga anak mo ng totoo no matter how bad or how hard it is to do. Kasi kailangan mo ma-start 'yung moving on process, para sabay-sabay kayo mag-move on," she said.

"[Pero] siya 'yung tatay. He will always be the father of my children no matter what."