MANILA, Philippines -- The relationship of actor-host Luis Manzano and his girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado is now the subject of breakup rumors, following the alleged involvement of the singer-actress in the high-profile separation of another celebrity couple.
Almost a year after he first admitted his relationship with Mercado, Manzano, 31, is now rumored to be "suspicious" of his girlfriend after her name was dragged into the separation of actor Paolo Contis from his wife Lian Paz.
Without identifying its subjects, a report on the Philippine Star published Tuesday referred to a source as saying that a certain "actor became suspicious of when his actress-girlfriend was mentioned as the 'third party' in a high-profile split-up."
The report hinted on the names of those involved, picking out the vowels of the first and last names of the couple.
The item comes after Paz reportedly admitted that Mercado was involved in her split with Contis.
According to entertainment journalist Jobert Sucaldito, Paz, in a recent report on the issue, was quoted as saying: "Yes, pero matagal na iyon."
Mercado, however, has denied any involvement with Contis, even laughing off her rumored romance with the former child star in a recent interview with the showbiz news website Philippine Entertainment Portal.
"Tinext ko nga siya, sabi ko, 'Pao, ano 'to? Kaloka naman, ang saya-saya ko na, bakit naman? At saka may asawa ka na! 'Kaloka naman,'" Mercado said.
According to the singer-actress, it was even Manzano who had informed her of her name being mentioned in the controversial split.
Following Paz's admission, Contis, in a separate interview with PEP, sought to clear Mercado's name in the separation.
“Sana tigilan na nila kasi nakakahiya rin kay Luis [Manzano] na lumalabas… nadadamay 'yung pangalan ng girlfriend niya. Nakakahiya lang that it has to be this big," Contis said.
In recent months, Manzano and Mercado have been vocal of their strong relationship. The Kapamilya actor, in a number of interviews, has also shared his hopes of eventually settling down with the actress.