Former couple Nathan Villa and Tiya Pusit. File photo
MANILA -- They were set to marry sometime next year, but Tiya Pusit and her boyfriend of over a year, 27-year-old Nathan Villa, have reportedly broken up.
Showbiz reporter Ahwel Paz, a close friend of the 65-year-old comedienne, shared the news on his DZMM radio program "Mismo" on Friday.
According to Paz, Tiya Pusit, whose real name is Myrna Villanueva, separated from Villa recently over mounting differences.
Quoting the veteran actress, Paz said Villa's parents allegedly told Villanueva to stop mentioning their family name in any of her showbiz engagements.
One reason that supposedly led to the split, according to Paz, was Villa's alleged request to his former partner to get him a part in the upcoming "Pinoy Big Brother" series.
Neither of the couple has gone on record to address the breakup.
Villanueva first confirmed her relationship with Villa, who works at a call center, in April this year. She said they met through Facebook, and referred to him as one of her more "masigasig" (enthusiastic) suitors at the time.
The comedienne's last interview on her relationship was on October 22 with ABS-CBN News. At the time, the wedding plans for next year were still on.