MANILA, Philippines - After her so-called breakup with actor and long-time on-screen partner Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu said she learned how to love herself more.
In an interview with Boy Abunda on ABS-CBN's "The Buzz" on Sunday, the Drama Princess said she is thankful to have gone through such an experience.
"I learned to love myself more. I learned how to be strong. And kung hindi ka naman nagmahal, hindi ka naman masasaktan eh. So thankful ako na naramdaman ko 'yun," Chiu said.
"Wala akong sama ng loob o galit sa kahit na sino. Masaya ako na naramdaman ko 'yun."
Chiu said she and Anderson are now "better friends" after the so-called breakup. "Kami ni Gerald, sobrang okay namin. Hanggang ngayon, andiyan siya 'pag may problema. 'Pag hindi ko na kaya, kinakausap ko siya, nakikinig siya," she said.
Asked how she handled the pain, she said, "Umiyak ka lang. Pagkatapos nun masaya ka na ulit, kasama mo friends mo, mga taong nagmamahal sa'yo."
"Hindi naman masamang magmahal. Hindi. Tao ka rin naman so marami ka talagang mararamdaman sa ngalan ng pag-ibig," she added.
Last year, Chiu denied rumors that she tried to commit suicide after her so-called breakup with Anderson. Both have repeatedly said that they never became a couple, with Anderson saying that what they had was a "special relationship."
Chiu is set to return to primetime television on August 22 with her upcoming series, "My Binondo Girl."