MANILA, Philippines -- Brazilian-Japanese TV personality Daniel Matsunaga is ready to meet the new boyfriend of his former partner Heart Evangelista.
"I hope one day I can meet Chiz. I wish them the best. I’m here to support them," Matsunaga was quoted as saying by entertainment website PEP, referring to the relationship of Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.
Matsunaga's statement comes a week after Escudero's confirmation of his romance with the former Kapamilya actress, who had characterized her relationship with the lawmaker as "meetings" until his admission on national TV.
In early October, the senator was quizzed by his co-host Kris Aquino on the morning talk show "KrisTV" on his romance with Evangelista. When asked if the former Kapamilya star is his "girlfriend," the senator said: "I'd like to think so, yes."
For her part, Evangelista said she is intent on keeping private her new romance with the senator since being under the limelight had spelled the end of her earlier relationships.
"Walang bad feelings, walang ganoon, e. No bad feelings talaga," Matsunaga said of Evangelista, who confirmed her breakup with the sought-after commercial model in April this year.
Quizzed on whether they still communicate after their separation, Matsunaga said: "We still talk, oo. And there’s no problem. We are friends. I’m okay, really. I’ve moved on. It was a mutual decision so, in a way, we’re okay."
Of her split with Matsunaga, Evangelista, in an earlier interview, said that it was a case of "cultural differences."
"He and I, we were too different. We couldn't even get to fighting about the big things anymore because we were fighting about the little things," she said at the time.
Despite these differences as lovers, Matsunaga maintained that they have not completely severed ties with each other. "We’re not really seeing each other, but we’re still friends," he said.