After weeks of speculations, Kathryn Bernardo and Danial Padilla confirmed they already parted ways. The two finally spoke up about their relationship status and addressed the rumors through their respective Instagram posts.
Bernardo shared a throwback photo of them with the caption, “Chapter closed. I hope this finally helps all of us move forward. I won’t be entertaining questions regarding this anymore. Thank you for understanding.”
The Kapamilya actress began her statement by recalling her 21 years in the showbiz industry, in which she said 12 years as the one-half of their loveteam, KathNiel, and 11 years as someone who loved Padilla behind the camera.
She talked about her journey in the industry and how she bloomed into an adult who decided to take charge of her own life, “I didn’t grow up in this industry constantly being controlled and dictated on. I was lucky to have had the best guidance and support system when I started my career and I’ve continuously worked hard to earn people’s trust. But since I became an adult, I took it upon myself to take charge of my own life—the projects I work on, the way I dress, the people I surround myself with.”
Bernardo revealed that she’s aware of the breakup rumors and confirmed that it was true.
“I’m well aware of the rumors and speculations going around, and as hard as it is to put everything into words, I want you to hear it straight from me: It’s true that Deej and I have decided to part ways.”
The “A Very Good Girl” star emphasized that she and Padilla were “genuinely in love.”
“What Deej and I had was real. It was never for show. We were together not because of the cameras, not because of the fans, not because of the money that comes with a successful love team. We were genuinely in love. We grew up together, dreamed together, and saw many of those dreams become a reality—still together.”
She added, “Like any other relationship, we tried our best to make it work. We’ve been drifting apart for a while now, and we ultimately had to accept that we can’t go back to where we used to be. It just won’t be fair to pretend that everything is still the same.”
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Bernardo went on by admitting that the past few weeks have been tough for her and thanked their fans for giving them time to “process the pain.”
“Our love story began with respect and ended with respect.”
She also penned a message to their fans, “Kathniels, we know you are hurting, and trust me, this also hurts us both more than you can imagine. The last thing we want is for this family to break apart with everyone taking sides—please don’t. Deej and I will continue to support each other as we try to heal and move forward from this. We will continue to love you and make you proud, but we hope you understand that this is something we really need. We hope you can join us in this healing process and not let those precious memories go to waste. Kaya natin to.”
Bernardo concluded her statement by expressing her heartfelt gratitude to her now ex-boyfriend.
“Deej, you gave me 11 beautiful years and the kind of love that I will forever cherish. I will always be grateful for you.”
Meanwhile, Padilla also posted a throwback photo of them and Bernardo with the caption, “Ikaw at ako.”
“Sa mundo, buhay at limitadong oras na tayo ay nandito, isang malaking biyaya ang pagmamahal. Ang mahalin ka at mahalin mo. Ang mga alaala natin ay laging kong baon sa aking puso at magiging liwanag sa mga madidilim kong araw. Thank you for dancing with me during my highs and thank you for singing with me during my lows. Our lives may drift away but our love will still ride that tide.”
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He also thanked their fans and mentioned he pray for them to grow and heal.
“Bal, ang pagmamahal ko sayo ay walang hanggan at walang katapusan.”
The breakup rumors between Bernardo and Padilla sparked earlier this month. The two worked together in multiple blockbuster films, such as She’s Dating the Gangster, The Hows of Us, Barcelona: A Love Untold, and Must Be Love.