Jake Cuenca during the press conference of “Pasion de Amor.” Photo: ABS-CBN
MANILA – Jake Cuenca finally opened up about reports that he walked out of a taping of “Gandang Gabi Vice” where he was supposed to promote his upcoming show “Pasion de Amor.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN News and other reporters last Friday, Cuenca explained why he walked out of show, which allegedly surprised host Vice Ganda.
“Nagulat ako. Siyempre bago tinawag ang mga pangalan namin, pagsilip ko sa pintuan, nakita ko 'yung ex ko. Nandoon kasi lahat ng candidates ng Miss Earth. I just didn’t want to put my ex-girlfriend in that situation,” he said.
Cuenca is referring to Filipino-Australian model Chanel Olive Thomas, who is one of the 41 candidates in this year's Miss Philippines-Earth, representing San Antonio, Nueva Ecija.
Jake Cuenca with former girlfriend Chanel Olive Thomas. Photo: @juancarloscuenca on Instagram
“Hindi sa hindi ko kaya [na nandoon siya]. Naging gentleman lang ako na ayaw ko ilagay sa alanganin 'yung tao, lalo na moment niya ngayon na mag Miss Earth,” the actor added.
After what happened, Cuenca said he approached Vice Ganda to apologize and the TV host totally understood the situation.
“Nag-apologize ako kay Vice. Wala namang harm done kasi alam niya kung bakit ko ginawa 'yun. At the end of the day, nakatulog ako ng maayos kasi I did what a gentleman should have done in that situation,” he said.
“Hindi ko naman sila pwede paalisin. Paano ko ipo-promote ng maayos sa capability ko na nagulat ako na nandoon 'yung ex ko? Paano ko mapo-promote 'yung show ko?” he added.
Cuenca said he still respects his former girlfriend and believes he did the right thing.
The “Pasion de Amor” actor is currently in a relationship with model Sara Grace Kelley.