Tom Rodriguez has officially issued a statement confirming that he and Carla Abellana are now divorced.
Talent manager Popoy S. Caritativo shared the full statement, which was written by Tom on June 16, on his Instagram account. Tom asserted that only he and Carla “know the truth” and called all speculations regarding his alleged treatment of Carla throughout their seven-year relationship as well as the rumored reason behind their split “completely untrue and utterly unfair.”
Tom also revealed that he is currently in the United States with his family. He then wished Carla to find “the happiness she is searching for.”
The former couple married in a grand wedding ceremony in October 2021 at San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church in Batangas. Rumors that there was trouble in paradise surfaced in January when many eagle-eyed fans noticed something off on each of their social media posts and in Carla’s Youtube vlogs.
Carla then seemingly broke her silence last week when she told a fan in the comments of her vlog how she had felt “betrayed” and “lied to” amid whatever was going on in her private life. “I was disrespected. I was betrayed. I was lied to. I was used. I was shamed. I was made to look so stupid,” she had said. “7 na taon po akong bawal magalit, magtampo, masaktan, mabigo, malungkot, madismaya dahil hindi po pwede. Makakatikim po ako kahit subukan ko pong ipaliwanag sa kanya na nasasaktan niya ako at hindi po tama ang mga ginagawa niya. Paulit-ulit ko pong pinapaalala sa kanya na hindi po ako kalaban at mabuti po ang kalooban at intensyon ko. 7 na taon pong naipon sa loob ko lahat ‘yun. Gustuhin at kailangan ko man pong ilabas, lubos na nakakakatakot po. Ilang beses ko po siyang hinikayat na magpatingin, magpagamot, at magpagaling dahil ‘yun din po ang gumana sa akin. Pero wala pa rin po.”
Tom, however, said that he had never physically assaulted his ex-wife.
Read Tom’s statement below:
I left the Philippines for the US last March 13, with the realization that despite all my efforts, Carla had already given up on our marriage.
A lot has been said against me but in the end, Carla and I are the only two people who know the truth. I refuse to allow anyone, who only wants to use us and our brokenness, for news.
It was not a perfect relationship, but we both know how much we loved each other.
I will no longer dwell on the reasons why our marriage fell apart. So many lies have been said of me which are completely untrue and utterly unfair.
I may have fallen short as a partner, especially when I lost all my money to someone who preyed on my gullibility, but it must be stressed that at no time did I ever lay a hand on Carla.
I have accepted her decision that it is time to move forward, independent from each other. I have to teach myself how to fall out of love from her.
This will be a lonely, painful path that I shall take, but together with my family here in the US, I have the strongest support system. I am with people who will never judge and who will only love me unconditionally.
Now that the divorce decree is final, I truly wish Carla’s birthday wish be granted and that she finds the happiness she is searching for.
This will be the last you will hear from me on the matter. I have no desire to violate the gag order issued on us and our lawyers.
I remain grateful to GMA for its patience and understanding and for giving me time to heal, and to my manager and friend Popoy and to Tita Joji, for never giving up on me.
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