Jennylyn Mercado confirmed rumors of a rift with boyfriend Patrick Garcia, father of her unborn child. “Actually wala na po kaming communication. Hindi naman kami nagkakausap na. Hiwalay na ulit, (We don’t communicate. We don’t talk to each other anymore. We’re not together again),” Jennylyn told GMA-7’s “Startalk” on Saturday. In her emotional interview, Jennylyn was asked if Patrick had “formally” indicated he wanted to break up with her. “Ayokong pag-usapan. Siguro kailangan ko lang ngayon maging matapang for my baby kahit wala siya. Kailangan ko for myself (I don’t want to talk about it. I just want to be strong for my baby even if he’s not there. I need it for myself),” Jennylyn said. Asked if the milk supplement former boyfriend Mark Herras gave her and rumors that Mark could be her child’s father had sparked their latest falling-out, Jennylyn said, “Obvious naman kung sino ang boyfriend ko tapos i-ku-question pa kung sino ang tatay. Ang pangit naman ang tingin nila sa akin. (It’s pretty obvious who my boyfriend is and they question who the father is. They really picture me that bad.)” Jennylyn was referring to insinuations in media reports and statements from Patrick’s mom, Bing Garcia, on Mark’s gesture. “Hindi naman maganda na lumalabas na si Patrick for that (milk supplement), hindi maibigay. Hindi naman sa sinasabi kong masama yung ginawa niya, na may masama siyang intention. Pero ang tingin ng ibang tao, nilalagyan ng ibang kulay. O kita mo na, ano ba yan, para sa box of milk, yung baby di na kay Patrick (Because of that (milk supplement), it would appear Patrick could not provide…I’m not saying what he did was wrong, that he had bad intentions. But other people would put color into it. See, because of a box of milk, the baby is not Patrick’s anymore),” Bing told “Startalk” in a separate interview. Jennylyn appealed to Patrick: “Ni-reremind ko naman siya palagi pagdating sa mga ganyan kasi kailangan ko po talaga ng kasama pag-magpapa-check up. Lalo na sa situation ko kailangan talaga laging siyang nandiyan para sa akin. Lagi siyang nandiyan para alagaan ako. Kahit tawagan lang ako okay lang yun. Kahit di niya na lang ako puntahan. Kahit tawag na lang or kumustahin man lang. (I always remind him that I need him whenever I go for a check-up. I always need him to be by my side, to take care of me. Even just a phone call would do. He doesn’t need to come here. He can just a call or just ask how I’m doing.)” Asked if she still wanted to mend her thinning ties with Patrick, Jennylyn said: “Oo naman po. Pero sa akin siyempre para sa amin nung anak ko, kahit siguro gaano katagal maghihintay ako. Maayos lang po. Hope na magkausap na kami and ma-settle na namin yung mga kailangan ma-settle. (Yes. For our sake, I will wait no matter how long it takes just to settle this. I hope we could talk soon and settle what needs to be settled.”) Meanwhile, Patrick refused to air his side on “Startalk,” saying his silence was for the best of Jennylyn and their child.
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Martin Nievera adds another chapter to the protracted word war with former wife Pops Fernandez. His interview with ABS-CBN's "The Buzz" on Sunday however shows something new--tears rolling down his cheeks as he wishes the best for his wife as he seeks an end to the controversy. The mere fact that the interview is granted shows Martin isn't really planning to end the word war. In fact he made a previous statement saying the "best reaction is no reaction." Well, he shows he isn't true to his word. But let us assume however that he read the entire YES! Magazine article on Pops' revelations about their separation nine years ago, despite his claim that he only read portions of it. Maybe then we can understand how this outburst of emotion emanates. He cried saying these words: “I don’t even know why we’ve gotten this far with this problem. I don’t know why we can’t seem to fix this. So to Pops, I don’t know what to say. Just try to forget about the nine years. I think she’s having a hard time also moving on. I know what I did to you was unforgivable but it’s kinda a long time ago so I’m hoping for the sake of everybody especially our children that you’ll forgive me for that. I know forgetting is a tall order. I don’t know why. Just take it easy and breathe. Enjoy life and all the blessings around you. I’m there somewhere. I’m rooting for you. I’m praying for you. I don’t want to say anymore I love you because everyone knows I do. Maybe I say it too much. Maybe I didn’t say it enough before. Whenever you need me I’m there. I’m not that show biz person who pretends to disappear then come back. I’m not leaving. You can’t get rid of me. I’m there for you if you need me.” End of story? Hardly. * * * In another startling confession, young star Patrick Garcia goes on air for the first time admitting illegal drug use earlier in his life but has gotten over it. Hopefully. Asked by Showbiz Central if he would "seal or reveal" a killer question the show presented to him, Patrick chose to reveal the truth. The "killer question"? Did he ever use illegal drugs? He answered without hesitation: “Depende kung anong klaseng droga. I’ve tried marijuana. It was a long, long time ago. It comes with teenage (curiosity). But of course with the guidance of my…you know, my sister’s there, my brother’s there, and my dad and mom. Kumbaga, I’ve lot of good things around me. So basically, I haven’t gone through any problems because it was nothing. It was being a teenager. Now I’m a better person.” Has Patrick indeed become "better"? Only family or colleagues can attest. But his willingness to open up about something bad in his past is definitely an improvement.