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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 26, 2017

Kiko Estrada Swears He's Still In Love With Barbie Forteza But Barbie Would Rather Not React To His Declaration Of Love

THREE STARS who are not part of “Pwera Usog” figured prominently in the film’s presscon: Diego Loyzaga, Barbie Forteza and Andi Eigenmann. Diego is linked to Sofia Andres, so it’s not surprising for Sofia to be asked about his tiff with his dad Cesar Montano and for her to defend Diego against his bashers.

Barbie is the ex-GF of Kiko Estrada, so it’s also to be expected for Kiko to be asked about why they broke up. Andi accused Albie Casino as the dad of her daughter Ellie, but it turned out it was Jake Ejercito all along.

Kiko Estrada quickly defended himself from allegations that Barbie broke up with him because he’s a two-timer. “I did not cheat on her,” he stresses. “Ako nga ang nasaktan as I still love her. It’s not my fault, honest. She was the one who left. Sino bang hindi masasaktan kapag iniwan ka ng mahal mo?”

But Barbie sounds she was the one who got hurt. “There’s no third party at all. Let me just say I prioritized my career over love because I was then so busy taping a show, ‘Sinungaling Mong Puso’, where I played a lead role, kaya I had to focus kasi tinututukan akong mabuti ng director namin, si Direk Ricky Davao. So nawalan ako ng time for her.”

If he didn’t hurt her, how come Barbie doesn’t even seem to want him to be her friend? “I really don’t know why she doesn’t want talk to me, but I respect her decision. Maybe because she’s so busy now concentrating on her own show (‘Meant to Be’) and I respect that. Ako rin naman, I’m about to start a new show, ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’, so magiging busy rin ako roon. Siguro, at the end of the day, it’s really career over love. I’m sure if you ask Barbie, she’d also choose career over love at this point. We can say it’s the right love but at the wrong time and I’m sorry kung anuman ang naging shortcomings ko.”

If there’s a chance in the future, would he ever try to win her again? “Let’s see, kasi ang daming lalaki sa buhay niya ngayon, di ba? Apat silang kasama niya,” he laughs. “But I’m very happy for her kasi their show is doing very good and rating well on primetime. She’s a fantastic actress and I continue to respect her and her parents who have been good to me. I just don’t want people to think that I’m bad and blame me that it’s my fault. Parehas naman kaming nasaktan sa nangyari.”

In “Pwera Usog”, he gets to work with Kapamilya stars like Sofia Andres, Devon Seron, Albie Casino, Joseph Marco. “Yes, ako lang ang Kapuso sa amin. But we got along fine. Mababait sila, easy to get along with. I’m paired with Devon, na isang taong grasa rito na pinagtatanggol ko sa mga pang-aapi ng barkada namin. Things get ugly and there will be some horrifying events that will happen to some of us. Maraming scary scenes so those who love horror movies will surely enjoy watching this when it opens on March 8 in theaters nationwide.”

About Barbie Forteza, when someone asked for her reaction about Kiko’s declaration that “I still love her”, she said she’d rather not comment at all since she feels that Kiko’s being vocal about his feelings for her have come in too late. We’re not surprised that Barbie is hurt because we remember that she was the first one to admit that they’re in a relationship, but Kiko later denied this at the presscon of “Sinungaling Mong Puso”.