For the first time since actress KC Concepcion’s interview with Boy Abunda, Piolo speaks about the high-profile break-up to address the controversies raised against him. Here’s the transcript of my exclusive interview with him (Disclaimer: Just for laughs!):
MM: Magandang araw, Piolo. Salamat for coming.
PP: My pleasure. Alam mo, nahihirapan na akong magtimpi sa mga intrigang lumalabas, especially on the personal aspects of my life.
MM: Were you able to watch that The Buzz interview with KC?
PP: Actually, no. I was in Japan then. I watched it via YouTube instead.
MM: What was your reaction?
PP: KC was obviously hurt by our split. Hindi naman biro ang pinagdaanan naming dalawa.
MM: Have you spoken to her since the interview?
PP: I tried calling, but I can’t reach her. I hear this ringback tune instead: “Stop calling, stop calling. I don’t want to talk anymore.”
MM: Piolo, sabi ni KC, and I quote, “May mga hinahanap ako na napaka-basic lang na hanapin ng isang babae sa isang boyfriend, sa isang lalaki. Ayaw ko na pumunta sa details kasi ayaw kong siraan siya.” Your reaction?
PP: Nice teaser, KC. Ano ba ang basic na hinahanap ng isang babae sa kanyang boyfriend? Ako kasi, abs.
PP: I mean, karamihan ng babae, naghahanap ng lalaking may abs.
MM: Thanks for clarifying that. Pero ‘di ba may abs ka naman?
PP: Yes! Kaya I really don’t know what else she’s looking for.
MM: Piolo, sabi pa ni KC, “May mga bagay na parang hindi ko na kayang lunukin. Hindi ko na kayang tanggapin.”
PP: Ano’ng hindi na niya kayang lunukn? We haven’t done that!
PP: I mean, wala naman akong ginawang napaka-unacceptable for her.
MM: Piolo, may third party ba?
PP: Technically, wala, because they’re too many to mention. Kidding aside, I’d rather not say.
MM: Sabi ni KC, “Kapag nakikita kong ini-interview siya, dinadaan na lang niya sa joke na parang, bakit ikaw ganyan, ako ganito?” Essentially, she thinks you’re taking the matter casually.
PP: I am sorry if that’s her perception. KC, Pilipino ako. Dinadaan ko na lang sa pagtawa ang problema.
MM: Piolo, can you tell us the real reason behind your break-up with her?
PP: Mark, as per instructions from Mam Charo (Santos-Concio) and Mam Cory (Vidanes), I decline to answer that question.
MM: I understand, PJ. But KC also said: “Binigyan ko siya ng second chance, third chance, fourth chance, fifth chance, sixth chance, seventh chance. Pagdating ng eighth chance, parang na-realize ko hindi lahat ng problema nadadaan sa kilig.”
PP: Binibilang pala nya lahat yun? I know it’s too late to apologize, but KC, sorry dahil pinaasa kitang things will change for the better. I tried, but I can’t stop my impulses. Mahirap talaga magpigil.
MM: I know you’ll probably like this. Sabi ni KC, ang galing mo daw magpakilig. “Titingnan ka lang niya, nakalimutan ko na lahat.” Totoo?
PP: Let me stare at you. Anong nararamdaman mo?
MM: I get your point! Hahaha! Piolo, describe your time together in New York.
PP: Of course, I was happy to be with her, pero talagang nag-iba na. Wala nang spark. Wala na akong maramdaman.
MM: In one of the more emotional moments of the interview, KC said: “Hindi ako ‘yung kailangan niya sa buhay niya. Hindi ako ‘yung hinahanap niya sa buhay niya, at hindi ko maibigay sa kanya ‘yung kailangan niya.”
PP: KC, tama ka, and I realized that belatedly.
MM: Piolo, marami ang hindi makapaniwala sa sinabi ni KC na 18 years old pa lang siya ay sinubukan mo na siya ligawan.
PP: Hindi rin ako makapaniwala doon. Sa kanya ko lang nalaman yan.
MM: Sabi ni KC, “Babae lang ako na niligawan na kinilig nang sobra kasi tignan ka lang ni Piolo nang konti, talaga namang as a girl, kikiligin ka talaga.”
PP: I’m not surprised. Everyone says that.
MM: Piolo, maraming nag-react na celebrities sa break-up nyo. I won’t mention all of them. You have any particular comments?
PP: Kay Maricar. I know you still haven’t recovered from your videotaped cowgirl scene with Hayden scandal. Sorry to have you dragged here.
PP: Talagang dapat mabanggit silang tatlo? *giggles* Sorry kasi tuwing may isyu sa akin, nadadawit kayo. Sana hindi kayo magsawa sa pagsuporta sa akin. It’s nice to know that they are always BEHIND me.
MM: To your Mommy Amelia?
PP: Tama naman si Mommy. Hindi kami lumaking mahirap. Si Manny Villar lang ang nagsasabi niyan.
MM: To your son Inigo?
PP: Daddy’s single again, dear!
MM: Piolo, you have any message to netizens and the media?
PP: Hindi ako nagulat na pinagkaguluhan nila ang isyung ito. Alam ko naman na since our split was the hottest issue at that time, writing about us will give them high site views.
MM: Piolo, diretsahang tanong: are you gay?
PP: I invoke my right against self-discrimination.
MM: As in anti-gay discrimination?
PP: Ay, no. It should be self-incrimination.
MM: What can you say is Piolo’s “predicament”?
PP: Surviving this break-up is not really an issue for me. The bigger concern is if the gay issue will affect my standing as a celebrity and as a commercial endorser.
MM: Do you have a song you’d like to dedicate to KC?
PP: That’s easy. It’s “Don’t Love You No More” by Craig David.
MM: Do you have a message to your fans who are still with you throughout this controversy?
PP: Salamat po sa patuloy na pagsuporta. Huwag niyo pong kalimutan ang upcoming teleserye namin ni Jericho Rosales, ang “Padre de Pamilya,” ngayong 2012. Gabi-gabi, sa ABS-CBN primetime bida!