Let’s take a look at some of the most heartbreaking celebrity breakups in the Philippines in 2022.
These breakups dominated the headlines and the internet, with fans and followers feeling both shocked and saddened by the news. From messy and public splits to quietly calling it quits, these are the former Filipino celebrity couples whose failed romances made waves in the country in the past year.
1 Rabiya Mateo and Jeric Gonzales
Former Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo and actor Jeric Gonzales had an on-screen romance when they worked together on an episode of GMA-7's Wish Ko Lang. They later became an off-screen couple in March 2022, but their relationship ended in June of the same year when they unfollowed each other on Instagram and Jeric deleted his Instagram account except for one photo of his co-stars from the show Start-Up.
2 Maureen Wroblewitz and JK Labajo
Singer-songwriter JK Labajo called Maureen Wroblewitz, a model-turned-beauty queen, his "buwan" on Valentine's Day in 2019, which sparked dating rumors. However, the two split amicably and on good terms in June 2022, without revealing the reason for their separation. Maureen shared on Instagram that it's okay for things to come to an end and that it's time for them to grow on their own.
3 Zeinab Harake and Skusta Clee
YouTuber Zeinab Harake was in an on-and-off relationship with rapper Skusta Clee or Daryl Ruiz, with whom she had a child named Bia. In April 2022, Zeinab announced the loss of her second child with him, who had cheated on her, leading to their breakup. She suffered a miscarriage and was alone during the funeral.
After confirming the breakup, Daryl released a song called "Kumpisal" about confessing to God and asking for forgiveness.
4 Barbie Imperial and Diego Loyzaga
Barbie Imperial and Diego Loyzaga ended their relationship in February 2022 after dating for over a year. While the reason for their split was not disclosed, it was first speculated when Diego traveled to the United States without Barbie. Barbie confirmed their breakup and mentioned that it was amicable.
In June 2022, Diego gave an interview discussing his past relationship with Barbie and his link to another actress while still with her. Barbie later refuted his claims through Instagram Stories.
5 Kylie Verzosa and Jake Cuenca
Kylie Verzosa and Jake Cuenca met on the set of Ang Panday and became friends while working on Los Bastardos. They confirmed their relationship in September 2019 and dated for three years until rumors of their breakup started in April 2022. Kylie broke down in tears on It's Showtime and Jake posted cryptic Instagram Stories. Later, Jake confirmed their split and expressed happiness that they ended things as friends.
In a later interview, Kylie revealed that she has no regrets or resentment toward their relationship.
6 Kris Aquino and Mel Sarmiento
Kris Aquino, known as 'The Queen of All Media,' surprised her fans by announcing her engagement to Mel Sarmiento in October 2021 after posting a birthday greeting to him in August. However, their romance was short-lived, and in January 2022, Kris revealed that they had broken up due to her deteriorating health caused by an incurable autoimmune condition.
Mel's text messages to Kris suggested that he couldn't continue living in a bubble, given her health situation. Kris later spoke to Lolit Solis and questioned if their relationship was ever really love or just grief, timing, and infatuation.
7 Ana Jalandoni and Kit Thompson
Actress Ana Jalandoni was detained and injured by her boyfriend, actor Kit Thompson, in March 2022. She posted a photo of her black eye on social media, warning people to be cautious even with loved ones. Ana later revealed that Kit threatened to kill her if she left him, and jealousy was the main reason for his abuse.
In an interview with Boy Abunda, Ana said that Kit's mood changed when he drank. Despite noticing red flags, she stayed in the relationship because she loved him and wanted to help him understand his behavior.
8 Janella Salvador and Markus Paterson
Janella Salvador and Markus Paterson's rumored breakup started circulating in June 2022, as fans noticed their lack of social media updates about each other. Janella denied the rumors, but in September, she revealed that she's now a single mom. Despite the split, the former couple remains amicable and even attended their son's baptism together in October.
9 Moira Dela Torre and Jason Hernandez
In April 2022, Moira Dela Torre deleted her photos with Jason Hernandez from her social media profiles and removed "Hernandez" from her Facebook profile. A month later, Jason admitted to cheating on Moira in a controversial statement on Instagram. They subsequently broke up.
In September, Moira released a song called "Ako Nalang," which tells the story of someone trying to save a damaged relationship.
10 Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez
Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez, a Pinoy celebrity couple who got married in October 2021, ended their relationship after just three months. Rumors circulated about their split in January 2022, and Tom posted a cryptic video that suggested a breakup scene, causing concern among fans. In June 2022, Carla broke her silence about the separation, alleging she had experienced domestic abuse during her seven-year relationship with Tom. Tom, who is a U.S. citizen, issued a statement the same month, admitting he had filed for divorce, had lost his money due to someone's deceit, and fell short as a partner. He, however, denied laying a hand on Carla.
As of September 2022, a source revealed that Tom still cries when he thinks about Carla, while Carla admitted in a November interview that she still hurts and healing from the breakup would be a long process. Both parties are on a journey to move on from their heartbreak.