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Recently, the showbiz industry has been abuzz with Kris Aquino's rumored relationship with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. There was even an Instagram post in Kris' account (as of writing, the post has been deleted) showing Herbert enjoying a dinner with Aquino family with caption that said, "Family dinner."

According to PEP.ph Kris has confirmed her relationship with Herbert by issuing an official statement on Aquino and Abunda Tonight, which aired on April 7, Monday. She also reiterated that she read it to Herbert multiple times before releasing it. Below is a full transcript from PEP.ph:

“It was seven years ago when James [Yap] and I publicly went through what ultimately led to the end of our marriage. It’s been four years since we separated and two years since we were granted our annulment. We’ve learned that Bimb deserves to have both his mom and dad involved in his life as co-parents. And that takes forgiveness and compromise. It needs acceptance that we’ve all moved forward, that James does have a long-term girlfriend. And it’s much better for all of us to be cordial because he wants what is best for our son. We have matured enough to know that though James and I failed at being husband and wife, we do have the rest of Bimb’s life to succeed at being his parents.”

Wala po akong ipinakilala sa mga anak ko at sa mga kapatid ko for four years because there was nobody I was ready for. And more importantly, there was nobody that they were ready to meet. My siblings impressed upon me that I needed to become whole on my own first so as not to commit another mistake. And thank God, I listened to them. It was a journey that oftentimes was lonely and painful, yet one I needed to travel to become the person I am today. And now there is somebody in my life who is special.”

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“Weeks before any speculation about us came out, personal po siyang humingi ng permiso sa kuya ko. Maraming iniisip si PNoy kaya ang intindi niya 'nung time na 'yun, may gagawin kami ni Mayor na project para sa Quezon City. Until later that same day, nag-text kaming magkapatid, natawa na lang si PNoy na 'permission to date his sister' pala ang hiningi. But that gesture gained the respect of my brother and my sisters because it showed all of them na malinis ang intensiyon para sa bunso nila.

The Queen of All Media also emphasized that she found important that her family will get to know Herbert more. Kris also said that she wants her relationship with Herbert to be strong and in for the long haul.

“Herbert and I are partners in either the failure or success of our being together. And we can strengthen what we have by allowing ourselves to have a chance at forever by keeping quiet and private about what is here and now,” she was quoted by PEP.ph as saying.

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(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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