MANILA — Bela Padilla did not hesitate to answer a fan who mentioned the engagement of her ex-boyfriend, film producer Neil Arce, to “The General’s Daughter” star Angel Locsin.
Padilla, 28, was taking questions from followers on Instagram during an afternoon pedicure on Wednesday, when the topic of Arce’s recent milestone came up.
“How’s your heart knowing that your ex is already engaged?” one fan asked the actress.
“Why would you assume that I’m affected? I’m happy for them,” Padilla replied, with smiling emojis.
Padilla confirmed her breakup with Arce in January 2017 after four years of being a couple. They went on to collaborate in further film projects after the split and have remained on good terms.
In an April 2017 interview, when the first rumors of Neil and Locsin dating surfaced, Padilla expressed support for the potential romance, saying: “If they aren’t [yet a couple], they will be. They have a very good foundation. I see both of them, and they’re compatible.”
Padilla has also maintained a warm relationship with Locsin, occasionally exchanging greetings in light of industry awards or birthdays, according to the “Sino Ang May Sala” star.
“Sobrang okay naman kami lahat,” she said in an August 2017 interview.
Referring to Arce at the time, Padilla added: “Hindi kami mawawala sa buhay ng isa’t isa forever. Alam ko na maaasahan ko si Neil kahit kailan, at alam niya naman na maaasahan niya rin ako. ‘Pag may kailangan siya, nandito lang naman ako.
“Hindi ako natatakot na mawawala kami from each other… Siguro mag-i-evolve ‘yung relationship na parang magkapatid na lang kami. Hindi na siya mawawala sa life ko.”