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Jessy Mendiola confirms breakup with JM de Guzman

Vernise Tantuco
Jessy Mendiola confirms breakup with JM de Guzman
'Wala naman din ako magagawa. If it's not good for the both of us, I'd rather be not in his life for him to be okay,' says Jessy

MANILA, Philippines – Jessy Mendiola confirmed that she and JM de Guzman have broken up.

The actress told the press after a conference held on November 5 that they ended their relationship because they wanted to focus on different priorities.

Jessy and JM were together for two years before breaking up previously. They got back together again in April. 

It’s better siguro na we focus on our respective priorities, so yun. Yun lang naman. (I guess it’s better that we focus on our respective priorities, so there. That’s it.) I just want to focus on myself first. And that’s the same with him,” Jessy explained. 

Although Jessy was accepting of the breakup, she was also visibly tearing up when she said, “Wala naman din ako magagawa. (I can’t do anything about it.) If it’s not good for the both of us I’d rather be not in his life for him to be okay.”

“Siguro may certain time na dadating na magiging okay – mas magiging okay ako,” added Jessy. “Siguro ngayon mas mabuti nga – it’s God’s way of saying, ‘You have to prioritize other things more than this.’ So nandun ako, sumusunod lang talaga ako sa daloy ng kung anong nangyayari sa amin, may mga bagay talaga na, diba, pag sinasabi mong hindi talaga para sa ‘yo, wag mong ipilit.”

(I guess there will be a certain time that I’ll be okay – that I’ll be more okay. I guess right now it’s better – it’s God’s way fo saying, ‘You have to prioritize other things more than this.’ So I’m there, I’m just going with the flow of what’s happening to us, there are really things that, right, when people say it isn’t for you, don’t force it.)

However, the actress doesn’t blame JM for the end of their relationship. She had nothing but praise for JM when she spoke to the press. “Sobrang bait niyang tao (He’s a very good person), he has a good heart, so wala talaga akong masasabi sa kanya (so I can’t really say anything about him).”

Later, she added, “He’s an amazing person. He’s very amazing. he’s very talented, he’s very loving and passionate. And I think why I fell in love with him. He’s a very passionate person.”

At the moment, Jessy said that the two are still friends and still talk. She admitted that she misses him. But on the possibility of them getting back together, she said, “I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t want to answer na parang alam ko lahat (like I know everything), but I don’t.”

In September, Jessy defended herself and JM from people online who were saying that she and JM had broken up, telling their critics to stop and that they didn’t know what the couple was going through.

Last September 10, reports surfaced that Jessy was disrepected by actor Enrique Gil, who was drunk during a flight to London for an ASAP 20 show. The said incident prompted actor Luis Manzano to confront Enrique, who apologized for his behavior in a TV Patrol interview, appearing with screen partner Liza Soberano.

Actors Jake Cuenca and Paulo Avelino, who were said to have given Enrique alcohol on the flight, denied they had anything to do with the incident. Both have said they were resting at that time. Luis’ manager June Rufino confirmed a confrontation did happen, but was resolved.

Jessy’s mom Didith Garvida also defended her daughter, saying that Jessy was hurt by the issue against her but will be behind her no matter what.

On Instagram, JM meanwhile issued a challenge to Enrique via a mixed martial arts fight, but the post has since been deleted on Instagram. –

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Vernise Tantuco

Vernise Tantuco is on Rappler's Research Team, fact checking suspicious claims, wrangling data, and telling stories that need to be heard.