Barbie Imperial reveals she courted first BF Ryle Santiago | Inquirer Entertainment

Barbie Imperial reveals she courted first BF Ryle Santiago

/ 11:53 AM July 28, 2022
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Barbie Imperial and Ryle Santiago. Image: Instagram/@msbarbieimperial, @hashtag_ryle

Barbie Imperial disclosed that she has experienced making the first move and courting a guy before, and it was with her first boyfriend and fellow actor Ryle Santiago.

The actress spoke about this while answering questions posted by fans on social media, as seen in a vlog on her YouTube channel yesterday, July 27. One of the questions read, “Dumating [ka] na ba sa time na ikaw ang nanligaw sa lalaki?” (Was there ever a time when you courted a guy?)


“Oo naman, sa first boyfriend ko, kay Ryle,” she said, while a photo of Santiago flashed on the video. (Yes, of course [and] it was with my first boyfriend, Ryle.)

It can be recalled that Imperial and Santiago worked together on “It’s Showtime” as part of GirlTrends and Hashtags, the show’s girl and boy groups.


“Ako talaga ‘yung may gusto sa kanya tapos nung time na ‘yun iba-iba pang GirlTrends may gusto sa kanya,” Imperial stated. “Medyo may mga kaagaw pa ako noon pero naipanalo ko naman.”

(I was the one who liked him first but there were also other GirlTrends members who liked him at the time. I somehow had rivals then but I won.)

“Well, hindi ko gusto ‘yung thought kasi syempre lalaki dapat ‘yung manliligaw pero ‘yung experience na ‘yon, looking back at it, medyo laugh trip na lang talaga siya,” she added.

(Well, I do not like the thought [of me courting him] because the guy should be the one who does the courting, but looking back at that experience, I just find it funny now.)

Aside from Santiago, Imperial also talked about his recent ex-boyfriend, actor Diego Loyzaga, when the actress answered who from her past relationships hurt her the most.

“Honestly, ‘yung pinaka-nasaktan talaga ako, I think [kay] Diego talaga. Siya ‘yung boyfriend ko na alam niya talaga lahat about me,” she said. “May mga conversations na kami about getting married, kung saan [kami] titira, mga plans sa buhay — kay Diego ko lang na-experience ‘yon.”

(Honestly, I think the [relationship] where I got hurt the most is really with Diego. He was the boyfriend who knew everything about me. We had conversations about getting married, where we are going to live, our plans in life — I only experienced that with Diego.)


“‘Yun siguro ‘yung reason kung bakit sobrang sakit sa akin kasi pinlano ko ‘yung buhay ko with him tapos biglang nawala. Pero gano’n naman talaga and [there are] lessons learned,” she stated.

(Maybe that is the reason why it hurt me so much, because I already planned my life with him then it suddenly disappeared. But that is how it is and there are lessons learned.)

Imperial and Santiago reportedly dated back in 2017, with the latter disclosing that they ended their relationship “properly,” as per an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal in 2019. Meanwhile, the actress’ split with Loyzaga was confirmed to the public in February. JB


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