Controversial actor Dingdong Dantes, one of the country's most popular male stars, has finally broken his silence on allegation that he got his on-screen partner, actress Marian Rivera, pregnant.
Dantes reiterated Rivera’s statement denying the pregnancy issue.
“Alam niya iyon, sinagot na niya iyon and I don't want to get into that anymore," Dantes told abs-cbnNEWS.com during the opening of “Posh Nail and Foot Spa” branch in Makati City.
"As much as possible I really don't want to get into the middle of everything. Ang sa akin lang I'm always for the truth and the truth will set you free," Dantes added.
Dantes found himself in the middle of a controversy after his much-publicized break-up with singer-actress Karylle, his girlfriend of three years. The two split up amid rumors romantically linking Dantes to Rivera.
Karylle has repeatedly denied that Rivera was the cause of the break-up but speculations about Dantes and Rivera’s relationship would not die down.
Rumors also had it that the two were already expecting a baby, an issue that resulted in another controversy.
Last Sunday, Karylle guested on ABS-CBN's weekly entertainment show "The Buzz" where she was asked about the pregnancy issue. As her reply, Karylle said nothing and mysteriously smiled back at host Boy Abunda.
Two days after Karylle’s controversial guesting, Rivera, who was in tears, denied that she was carrying Dantes’s child. She also admitted that she got offended after watching Karylle on the show.
Dantes, on the other hand, said he failed to watch his former girlfriend on “The Buzz” and only heard about it.
"Hindi ko napanood so I don't want to interpret," the actor said.
The actor also said that he has yet to talk to Rivera about the pregnancy issue.
"Hindi pa thoroughly kasi nga nagkakataon na pati iyong pangalan ko ay nadadawit. Ang sa akin lang basta alam ko ang facts okay na sa akin iyon hindi na kailangang i-detalye pa,” he said.
This is not the first time that the actor was accused of fathering a child. He had faced the same intrigue when he was still with his former sweetheart, Antoinette Taus.
The actor added that he would rather not get affected by all the controversies haunting him and his on-screen partner.
"Hindi (na ako nasaktan) kasi expected mo na pwedeng mangyari ‘yon... ‘yong lahat ng pagbibintang, paratang, misinterpretation, lahat ng ito ay na-foresee ko na dati iyan. Ako, I'm prepared for these things. At kahit ano pa ang sabihin nila, basta alam ko kung ano ang totoo and I stand for what I believe in, that's all that matters," he said.
He added: "Alam ko na posibleng mangyari sa akin ‘yon pero sa akin it's how you handle things. At kung malakas ang paninindigan mo sa sarili mo at naniniwala ka sa tama e hindi ka talaga matitibag."
Dantes said that, despite the intrigues, his relationship with Rivera “remains good.”
"’Yong sa amin maganda siya dahil maganda ang sinimulan and I'm hoping that maganda din ang pupuntahan. Pero kung anuman ang mayroon ngayon, [we’re] just maintaining the status quo,” he said.
When asked about the status of their relationship, he said: "Parang corny kapag sinabi mong 'friends.' I don't want to label anything as of this moment.”
There is also no time to talk to Karylle because of their respective work, Dantes said.
"Hindi na din siguro… at busy din [kaya] hindi na kami nag-uusap. Okay kami walang problema, walang problema," he said.
Dantes, who was recently in Las Vegas to be with his father and watch the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya, confirmed that he and Karylle saw each other in the United States during the boxing match.
"Oo nagkita kami coincidentally. (Nagkasalubong kami) dalawang beses lang doon at tsaka sa airport," Dantes said.
The actor was also all praises for Karylle, who sang the country's national anthem during the Pacquiao-dela Hoya fight.
Meanwhile, Dantes said he is spending his Christmas with his family.