Janine Tugonon and former boyfriend Jaypee Santos
MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon made it clear that she does not want her most recent mistake in her love life to define her as a person.
Tugonon draw flak after her very public announcement of her breakup with her non-showbiz boyfriend, Jaypee Santos, during their appearance on the morning show “Kris TV” last April.
The split was reportedly because of Tugonon’s attraction to The Script vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, who performed in the Philippines last March.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Tugonon admitted that she learned a lot from the breakup.
“I accept that I was wrong. Alam ko na ako ang at fault, alam ko na ako ang mali, but I wouldn’t like that failure to define who I am. Ayaw ko na 'yun ang magdikta sa kung ano ang gagawin ko sa mga susunod pa. Mistakes do happen, but it doesn’t have to dictate me where I am going,” she said.
She also denied reports that she flew to France after the controversy erupted so she could run away from the problem.
“My France trip was planned January pa lang. Matagal na iyon. It was moved lang ng April kasi nga there’s Binibining Pilipinas and I’m busy before the pageant. They moved it ng after Binibini. It’s not because of the issue or because of anything. It’s really for vacation lang,” she said.
The beauty queen said she and Santos remain friends, but she does not want to think of a possible reconciliation just yet.
“I am not really focusing on that right now. Work and kung ano pa ang mga future na gagawin ko sa life ko [ang focus ko ngayon]. With the controversy that happened, everything was shaken. 'Yung family ko, ako rin, naiba na ang mga gusto kong gawin,” she said.
As for O'Donoghue, she said: “I really don’t want to talk about it. Huwag na natin pag-usapan.”