MANILA, Philippines – The model-actress romantically linked to cager James Yap, estranged husband of Kris Aquino, finally broke her silence on the controversy.
During the premiere of Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Rosario” on Monday night, Isabel Oli denied that she is the new woman in Yap’s life.
“No, not at all. ‘Yong friendship namin hindi kami nagte-text, hindi ganoon… Hindi talaga. Totoong nagkita kami sa mall pero hind date, hi, hello lang sa mall,” Oli said.
Blind items described Yap’s new love as an Ilongga, but Oli said she is Cebuana.
Oli admitted that she got shocked after Aquino announced the supposed brewing romance between her and Yap.
When asked about her first meeting with Aquino, Oli said: “Natatawa lang ako sa sinabi niya that she's happy for us…. Lumapit siya sa akin, sinabi niya, ‘I’m Kris. Nagkataon hindi tayo magkakilala, tapos naiintriga na tayo.’ She's nice, na-starstruck nga ako.”
Oli disclosed that she is dating a non-showbiz guy who is not a basketball player.
“Natatawa lang talaga ako. It's weird, in the first place, sobrang weird ng issue. Naawa rin ako kay James. Kung sino ang masasalubong niya parang sila na agad, kawawa naman,” she said.
She also wished Yap and Aquino well. “Sana maging maayos ‘yong anullment [nila] and ‘yong kids. Buti friends sila. Sana tuloy tuloy na ‘yong friendship nila. -Report from Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News