MANILA - Gab Valenciano continued to stay mum amid claims he cheated on his wife, model and blogger Tricia Centenera.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Friday, Valenciano finally responded to Centenera's scathing accusations that he had an affair with another woman, and that he did not want to be in a marriage in the first place.
"We're trying to keep it as contained and as private as possible," said Valenciano, who tied the knot with Centenera back in 2014. "At the end of the day, I just wish all the parties the best kasi wala na rin akong masasabi na hindi na nasabi. I wish to not really defend myself at this point. All I can say is I'm giving everything to God and siya na ang bahala."
In an earlier report, Centenera revealed to Pep that Valenciano had apologized to her for his brief tryst. She also added that she is currently negotiating the terms of their settlement, and that they are mulling the possibility of a divorce.
Rumors about their marital woes first surfaced last month when Centenera shared on Twitter a quote about "making something new." She has since confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Valenciano wanted to end their marriage, and claimed that the young singer-dancer has been "emotionally abusive to her."
Asked about how he has managed to cope with the criticisms lodged at him because of the cheating allegations, Valenciano shared that he has learned to lean on his family and close friends. "
"I think a very big thing that I've learned is that to keep those who are close to you close because at the end of the day, they're the ones who are going to be there for you no matter what," he explained.
For now, Gab said he is trying to focus on the positives. He and his father, Kapamilya singer Gary Valenciano, flew to the US last Friday evening to perform at an event honoring Filipino-American artists living abroad.
Referring to his bashers, he said: "I wouldn't say na hindi ako shocked kasi sanay na rin naman ako na ginaganyan ako. But I just wish, as a Filipino living in the Philippines again ...I can see a change happening in the Filipinos, and it's not a very good one."
"So I feel that there's too much negativity. All I can say is that I pray for them. I wouldn't be lying if I said na hindi masakit, but at the end of the day, I think the Filipinos need a change of mindset."