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Jake Ejercito has spoken up regarding his breakup with actress Andi Eigenmann. In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph, he said that though they were having some problems as a couple even before the controversial interview of Andi’s mom Jaclyn Jose, his parents, Laarni Enriquez and former President Joseph Estrada, were never against their relationship.
“Napanood naman natin yung reaction ng dad ko [sa interview nito sa TV Patrol],” he was quoted as saying in the article. “Totoo 'yung sinabi niya na, both my parents, never nila akong pinagbawalan kay Andi. 'Yun lang, nung nabuntis si Andi, they just told me to be careful, to watch out, to look after myself lang. But not necessarily bawal na, ‘Itigil n’yo na ‘yan!’ Walang gano’n. Kasi, kung ganun man, matagal nang wala ‘to, e. Matagal nang natapos sana (We all saw my dad's reaction in his interview on TV Patrol. What he said was true, both my parents never forbade me to date Andi. However, when Andi got pregnant, they just told me to be careful, to watch out, to look after myself. But they didn't necessarily stop me and said, 'Stop that!' Nothing like that. Because, if that were the case, this would all have been over.).”
Jake also admitted that he and Andi were a couple even before she got pregnant, and that Andi was both with him and Albie Casiño at one point. “One time, nung mag-LQ [lover's quarrel] kami ni Andi, nasa Manila ako. Bumalik ako ng London, kasi start na ng school. Pagbalik ko, sila na ulit ni Albie [Casiño]. Pero hindi kami nag-break or anything. Nag-away lang kami,” he revealed. “Pagbalik ko, biglang buntis na, gano’n (I was in Manila one time, when Andi and I had a lover's quarrel. I went back to London because school had started. When I returned, she and Albie were together again. But we didn't break up or anything. We just had a fight. When I came back, she was already pregnant.).”
“It came as a surprise also to my mom 'nung nabuntis si Andi. Kasi, ang alam ng mom ko, break na kami,” he said in a separate article. “E, biglang na-link ako, di ba? So, tawag siya, ‘O, ano na naman ‘yan? Bakit ganun?’ Sabi ko, ‘Ah, Ma, wala, wala.’ Kasi, kung bibilangin mo 'yung months, nandito ako sa London nung mabuntis si Andi, e. So, hindi rin posible talaga (It came as a surprise also to my mom when Andi got pregnant, because my mom thought we had already broken up. Then I was linked to her again. So she called me, 'O, what this? Why did this happen?' I said, 'Ah, Ma, it's nothing.' Because, if you count the months, I was in London when Andi got pregnant. So it's really impossible!)!”
Jake said that he was hurt by Jaclyn’s insinuations, especially since he had stayed by Andi’s side throughout her pregnancy. “Buti kung may basis, e, yung insinuations ni Tita Jane. Kaso lang, hindi talaga, e. Wala, e,” he also said. “'Yung ‘Baka ayaw ng parents niya,’ hindi talaga ganu’n, e. Alam niya ‘yon. Even si Andi. Andi wouldn’t have reacted that way kung tama ang insinuations ng mom niya (It would have been okay if there was a basis for Tita Jane's insinuations. But there was none. When she said that my parents might not approve [of my relationship with Andi], it wasn't really not like that. She knows that, even Andi does. Andi wouldn't have reacted that way if her mom's insinuations were true.).”
“Parang ang nakuha ng tao, ang pinapalabas ni Tita Jane [Jaclyn Jose], dahil lang nabuntis si Andi, nagkaanak si Andi, pinagbawalan na ako ng parents ko. So, parang nagmamalinis sila,” he said. “But then, my parents, both their lives are open books. Alam naman ng mga tao 'yung nangyari sa kanila, 'yung relationship ng parents ko. Never silang nagmalinis. So, hindi lang dahil nabuntis si Andi kaya ano… dahil nandun pa rin nga ako, e (People thought Tita Jane was insinuating that my parents forbade me from seeing Andi just because she got pregnant and had a child. So it's like they pretended to be faultless. The people know what happened to them, what my parents' relationship is. They never pretended to be innocent. So, it wasn't just because Andi got pregnant that... Because I stayed with her during that time.).”
(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)