After much speculation online, Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo said she’s in a “complicated situation” with Neil Salvacion, her boyfriend of over 7 years.
In an interview with Boy Abunda on Sunday, May 31, Rabiya was asked if she and Neil were still together.
“It’s [a] complicated situation,” she said.
“We need to talk about things when I go back to the Philippines, but we’re friends,” Rabiya added. “I still try to contact him.”
While the 24-year-old beauty queen did not say if they’ve broken up, Rabiya said she’s “not closing any doors” for the future of their relationship. “We need to have this peace together… We’ve been in this kind of situation before. We’ve been together for seven years,” she said.
Break-up rumors between the two circulated when fans noticed that Neil deleted his photos with Rabiya on his Instagram just days after the Miss Universe competition. The two still follow each other on the social media platform.
Rabiya first spoke openly about being in a long-term relationship with Neil in November 2020. “We’ve been dating for six years. He’s my first boyfriend… He made me promise not to leave him even if I win the Miss Universe Philippines crown,” she told ABS-CBN News.
The beauty queen was also being linked to Pinoy Big Brother alumnus Andre Brouillette, who is also in the United States.
“Nahihiya ako kay Andre, ‘yung photos na kumalat, that was the third time na I was able to talk to him. Sinundo lang nila ako sa airport,” she said. (I’m embarrassed. The photos that are circulating were just from my third conversation with Andre. They just fetched me in the airport.)
Rabiya also clarified that she and Andre are both talents of talent manager and pageant mentor Jonas Gaffud, explaining why they’re in events together.
Andre also echoed the sentiment, saying that they only met when he was chosen to do hosting for Miss Universe updates. “We’re great friends, and I have the utmost respect for her. She’s a great person representing the Philippines, I wish her success in her life,” Andre explained in a Star Magic interview.