|Former celebrity couple Pops Fernandez and Martin Nievera
MANILA – Pops Fernandez only responded with a hearty laugh when asked if it is possible that she and her former husband, Martin Nievera, would get back together.
In an interview with ANC’s “Headstart” on Thursday, Fernandez was hesitant to directly address if a reconciliation is possible, saying things have already changed since they parted ways in 2000.
“When I do think about it, because siyempre marami pa rin kaming followers, you would always hear, ‘Sana magkabalikan pa rin kayo ni Martin.’ I ask him, ‘You think if we ever get back together again,’ kasi iba na ako eh. Hindi na ako like before,” she said.
Fernandez said even Nievera himself would be surprised to know the person that she is now.
“Hindi na ako like before. Before kasi I had little opinion but I was afraid to say it, I wasn’t as confident as I am now. I think baka ma-shock na si Martin na it’s going to be a totally different girl. I think he sees it, sobrang different Pops na,” she said.
Fernandez, however, said she is glad to have maintained a good relationship with Nievera for the sake of their two sons.
“I do appreciate the fact that Martin and I are friends. First of all, we have Robin and Ram. I’m sure they were very affected when we got separated. It’s very hard to explain to your kids kung ano ang nangyari. There was a time I realized na they actually blame themselves pala for the whole separation. I said, no, it wasn’t your fault. It took years for them to open up to me,” she said.
Despite being friends, Fernandez noted that she and Nievera only get in touch when it concerns their children.
“After how many years, you realize na okay naman pala. We are really friends from the very beginning. It’s not like we are super close friends and we are always in touch with each other. Some people have that wrong notion. As a matter of fact, we only get in touch when it’s about the kids,” she said.
The former couple first met in 1982, when Fernandez had just joined showbiz. They married four years later.
Amid allegations of infidelity, Fernandez reportedly filed for the annulment of her marriage to Nievera in 1999. This was granted by the court only a year later.
Believer of true love
Meanwhile, Fernandez said she remains a believer of true love up to this day.
“I’m a sucker for true love, falling in love. I believe in chick flicks. I believe in those romantic types of films. I think that’s part of the excitement of living. I still have that hope that I walk and I bump into someone and baka siya na 'yun,” she said.
While revealing that she has no idea on what her ideal type of guy is, Fernandez said she has nothing against being in a relationship with someone of the same age, younger or older.
“For me, whether they are older than me, same age as me or a little bit younger than me, if you’re going to get hurt, you are going to get hurt. I think it’s just a matter of finding someone who can stand up for me, accept me who I am. Siyempre I have my own life already, I have two grown up men with me,” she said.
Fernandez said she is still hoping to walk down the aisle again with her soul1mate waiting for her at the altar.
“When I attend weddings, I always tell myself, ‘Oh my God, dear Lord I still want to get married. I want to wear a gown and all that stuff.’ But only when I’m in a wedding,” she said.
“I’m a true believer of love. I guess when the right time comes and if there’s somebody brave enough, why not?” she added.
After Fernandez’s separation from Nievera, she got involved with some celebrities including actor Jomari Yllana and model Brad Turvey.