MANILA—Gary Valenciano once courted Pops Fernandez, according to his close friend and the latter's ex-husband Martin Nievera.
This was the candid revelation of Valenciano and Nievera in a recent episode of "Straight Talk," an online talk show hosted by fellow music veteran Jaya.
In one portion of the program, dubbed "Trulili or Withcikels," Valenciano and Nievera took turns in confirming or denying a list of statements. "Trulili" meant true, while "Withcikels" meant false.
One statement read, "Nagkagusto sa same girl."
That round prompted a little known fact — that Valenciano once pursued Fernandez romantically. At the time, Nievera and Fernandez were just friends, but they would later on fall in love.
"In fact," Nievera told Valenciano, "she would talk to me about all her suitors, and you were one of them!"
Nievera and Fernandez got married in 1986, and have two children together. They've since separated, but have managed to become close friends again.
Valenciano was also married to his now-wife Angeli Pangilinan in 1986. They have three children together.
Aside from their common romantic history with Fernandez, Nievera said, in jest, that he and Valenciano are both "still in love" with the same girl: another music veteran, Lea Salonga.
Watch their fun-filled confession below: