Andrea Brillantes after split from Ricci Rivero: ‘Nagmahal ako nang totoo’

Andrea Brillantes after split from Ricci Rivero: Still healing, but doing okay

/ 04:52 PM June 14, 2023

Andrea Brillantes. Image: Instagram/@meetkeso via @blythe

Breaking her silence on her split with basketball player Ricci Rivero, Andrea Brillantes confessed that she has not fully healed from heartbreak given the fact that she loved someone with all her heart.

During an interview with Melai Cantiveros, Regine Velasquez, and Jolina Magdangal on the June 14 episode of the morning show “Magandang Buhay,” Brillantes said her heart is “okay” despite the breakup.


“Concerned kaming mga mumshies sa pinagdadaanan mo ngayon, Andrea. Kamusta naman ang puso mo ngayon, malaya na rin ba?” Cantiveros asked the actress. (We mumshies are concerned about what you’re going through right now, Andrea. How is your heart doing, are you feeling free?)


“‘Yung puso ko, tingin ko, okay naman siya,” she said in response. “I mean, it could be worse sa mga nagaganap ngayon. Pwedeng wala din ako rito today kasi hindi ko kayang humarap sa mga tao. Pero tingin ko naman po sa lahat ng nagaganap ay okay siya ngayon.”

(I think my heart is doing okay. I mean, it could be worse based on what’s happening now. I could’ve chosen to not show up today because I can’t show myself in front of other people. But I think that despite what’s happening, I’m okay.)


Without disclosing Rivero’s name, the “Drag You and Me” star said that she has not fully recovered from her heartbreak because she had loved with all her heart, and it might take time for her before she could let go of the pain.

“Parang hindi pa po ako malaya, fully. Tingin ko po kasi kapag sinabing freedom, merong part din du’n ang acceptance. Kasi na-accept mo na na kailangan mong i-let go ang mga bagay-bagay. Ako po kasi, aminado ako na since ang bago-bago pa lang po talaga ng lahat, at alam mo ‘yon naging totoo kasi sa akin lahat. Ako nagmahal ako nang totoo, hindi ko ‘yon male-let go agad-agad,” she further said.

(I don’t think I’m fully free. For me, when you say freedom, acceptance plays a part in that. Because you have to accept that you need to let go of things. I’m aware that things are very new right now, and for me those moments were real. I loved someone truly. I can’t let go of that right away.)

Brillantes also expressed her reluctance to publicly portray herself as “unbothered,” despite her heart telling a different story.

“Hindi ko masasabing malaya ako nang 100% kasi may mga bagay pang ayaw ko pang pakawalan at may mga bagay pa na pino-process ko pa,” she said. “Kasi ganun naman talaga. Normal lang naman na dapat ay namnamin ko ‘tong mga feeling na ‘to para makapag-heal ako ng maayos. Ayaw ko naman maging pretentious na maki-trend lang na ‘I’m unbothered’ para lang masabi na unbothered [ako]. Aminado ako na nakakaramdam ako kasi tao pa rin po ako,” she continued.

(I can’t say that I’m free 100% because there are things that I can’t let go easily, and there are things that I need to process. Because it is what it is. It’s normal to process these feelings so I can heal properly. I don’t want to be pretentious enough to join the trend of being, “I’m unbothered,” just to say that I’m unbothered. I’m aware of what I’m feeling because I’m only human.)

Velasquez, meantime, said that Brillantes may currently be in the “mourning stage,” but the latter stressed that she wants to prioritize herself without putting other people down.

“Pinipili kong maging masaya. Kahit gusto kong magsalita ay pinipili kong huwag na lang para walang gulo. Kahit ang dami kong gustong gawin, pinipili kong piliin na lang ang sarili ko at mag-focus sa kung ano ang meron ako at sa mga taong nagmamahal sa akin,” she added.

(I’m choosing to be happy. Even if I want to say something, I choose to not do it because I don’t want any more pain. Even if I want to do something, I choose myself and to focus on the things that I have and to those who love me.)

Rivero confirmed that he and Brillantes called it quits last June 9, although he appealed to the public to respect their decision to keep their split private. Both celebrities have yet to reveal the cause of their break-up.

Rumors of the basketball player being unfaithful to the actress then circulated on social media, after he shared a photo of himself taken by beauty queen-turned-politician Leren Bautista.

Days later, Bautista put a stop to the rumors in an official statement on her Facebook page, saying she doesn’t have any romantic involvement with Rivero. EDV


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