Boy on Mariel’s departure: ‘It’s about love’
Showbiz Eye by Gerry Plaza, Special to Yahoo! Southeast Asia
Mariel Rodriguez shocked colleagues, followers, and even her manager Boy Abunda with her sudden sabbatical from the ABS-CBN noontime show “Pilipinas Win Na Win!”
It was reported that she took an indefinite leave from the program to take a vacation at the time when rumored boyfriend Robin Padilla himself took a leave to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan.
ABS-CBN aired a report Wednesday showing Mariel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport preparing for her departure. In the report, Mariel said she was on her way to India.
“Yes I’m going to India. I will go wherever…kung saan ako dadalhin ng mga paa ko.” The report said she confirmed off camera that she was following Robin, who is in India for his self-imposed Ramadan break.
Boy said it was difficult for him accept Mariel’s decision. But in the end, he said, the reason was clear.
“It’s not speculative, it is about love,” Boy said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Wednesday.
“In the beginning para kang magulang. Marami kang tanong. Marami kang pag-aalinlangan. Pero na- re-realize mo that Mariel is very happy,” Boy told ABS-CBN News.
But Boy was quick to deny reports that Mariel left the country because she was pregnant or will tie the knot with Robin.
“Ayokong magsinungaling na siya’y nagpapahinga lamang sa isang lugar. But she’s not pregnant or is getting married,” Boy added.
The talk show host-talent manager reiterated that Mariel will honor her show biz commitments upon her return from her vacation—when, he really could not say.
Robin professed his love for Mariel two weeks ago as she was interviewing him in a special segment on “Entertainment Live.” During the show, Robin gave her a P1.2 million ring, which he said she must keep regardless of the outcome of his courtship. But it was clear, especially among showbiz insiders that they had been together since then.
Both were romantically linked since Robin first met Mariel when the action star guest hosted the cancelled noontime show “Wowowee” in May. At the time, Mariel had recently broken up with former boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo.
Robin, meanwhile, had been divorced from his ex-wife Liezl Sicangco in Australia for two years. Liezl has since remarried. The annulment of their marriage in the Philippines, on the other hand, is still being processed.
Reposted From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia