Heart Evangelista recently revealed on Instagram that her parents Reynaldo and Cecilia Ongpauco have separated "a long time ago."

The actress' fans have noticed how her mom seems to be missing in action in almost all of the family get-together photos that Heart has posted on her social media accounts. 

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At the recent birthday celebration of Heart's dad, the actress' sisters Michelle and Camille were present, including Heart's husband Chiz Escudero and his kids Chesi and Joaquin

One netizen asked why Mrs. Ongpauco was missing in the picture. Heart replied: "They separated a long time ago."

The fan soon apologized for bringing up Heart's family issue, but the actress seemed to be unbothered by it. 

"They are happier this way and we support that," she added, assuring the fan that she has already accepted this modern family setup. 

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Heart is a self-confessed "daddy's girl," and she never failed to show this fact through her Instagram posts. 

On July 29, the StarStruck judge penned a short but sweet birthday message for her dad. She wrote: "Dad, Happy Birthday. You went through so much this year and came out so, so strong. I couldn't be more proud of you. Here's to more years of health and happiness."

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Heart's father underwent radiation therapy for the past few months, and fortunately, he has already "graduated" from his last session (Heart never stated details about her dad's illness.)

On the other hand, despite having a lot of misunderstandings with her mother, Heart recounted how she ultimately helped her discover herself. "Thinking about everything my mom and I have been through bring up many raw emotions. But there are things that are for sure: Mom allowed me to explore and discover myself. Even when I made right or wrong decisions, she tirelessly kept an eye on me. Mom taught me to live every day with a grateful heart, to be happy about the little as well as big things in life."

On May 27, Heart posted a throwback photo of her lovely parents. 

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The last photo where Heart's parents were seen together was taken during the actress' 30th birthday. 

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