While a handful of celebrities marked 2021 with happy hearts, a few couples in showbiz made headlines after their controversial breakups, most of which topped the trending topics on social media multiple times.
One of the most talked-about splits in the entertainment industry last year was the breakup of Aljur Abrenica and Kylie Padilla. It was his father, Robin, who revealed the separation in a sit-down interview with Oggy Diaz.
The issue was further escalated when young actress AJ Rawal confirmed that her Nerissa co-star Abrenica is dating her.
Abrenica then breaks her silence, urging Padilla to admit that he has cheated on her and revealing her alleged agreement not to give public details about their breakup.
In November, Padilla told his father that he and Abrenica were already well, but declined to elaborate further on their current situation.
“It’s really okay, promise. I don’t want to do anything anymore . . . as long as it’s important, we’re fine with the kids,” she said.
Meanwhile, another hot topic on social media last year was the breakup of Paolo Kontis and LJ Reyes after the actor deleted all his pictures with the actress on his Instagram account.
Reyes later admitted that he and Kontis had separated, and that the process was “difficult” and “painful” in an interview with Boye Abunda.
“It was so difficult. It was so painful. If I don’t have a strong faith in the Lord, I don’t know where to pick me up,” Reyes said.
A week after Reyes’ tell-all interview, Contis issued a lengthy statement, acknowledging that a third party was involved, but also clearing the name of his co-star Yen Santos.
Many netizens scoffed at Contis’ explanation about visiting Baguio with Santos as a friend. After the separation, Reyes moved to New York with her two children.
Here are the celebrity breakups that rocked fans and social media in 2021.
Reel and real-life couple Lu Yanong and André Brouillette, whose love story unfolded on the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB), split in January 2021. The former couple announced their breakup through a statement posted on Instagram. They will have celebrated their second anniversary as a couple in March 2021.
Actor Keiko Estrada has put an end to speculation that he has broken up with actress Devon Cerrone after he announced in April that he was single. The actor admitted when his mother Chesca Diaz was asked live on “Magandang Buhe” about her son’s heart condition. They confirmed to be together in January 2019.
In March, actress Heaven Perallejo denied being involved in the rumored breakup of her “Bagong Umaga” co-stars Estrada and Cerrone.
Relationship drama hasn’t left the sporting scene in June following the trending breakup of Jinbra Keger Scotty Thompson and her then-fiancé Pau Fajardo. This was followed by several reports that the athlete had tied the knot with a different woman, leaving his fans and other netizens shocked.
Fajardo later confirmed the news in a statement on Instagram where she said that she decided to move on with her life after ending her eight-year relationship with the basketball player.
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 longtime boyfriend Neil Salvasian, Rabia Matteo, broke their silence in June, admitting that they have broken up amid persistent rumors about their relationship. In an Instagram story, Salvasin revealed that he and Mateo are no longer together.
Action star Robin Padilla confirmed in July that her daughters Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abbrenica have split in a vlog by talent manager and comedian Oggy Diaz. Rumors of the couple’s separation began in February after Kylie shared a cryptic post related to the relationship.
Padilla and Abrenica married in December 2018, and they have two sons, Axl Romeo and Alas Joaquin.
Showbiz newcomer AJ Rawal revealed in August that he parted ways with Axl Torres, explaining that her sexy roles didn’t go down well with the actor. Raval also made headlines after her split with Torres as she confirmed that she was being stalked by Aljur Abrenica.
Actress LJ Reyes admitted in September that she and her partner, Paolo Kontis, have split, and that the process has been “difficult” and “painful.” In a virtual interview with Boy Abunda, Reyes couldn’t hold back her tears as the Kapamilya TV host asked her about the separation.
Lolit Solis, who managed Contis’ career, first claimed via a social media post that the two had indeed parted ways and moved on with their relationship. Reyes was in a 6-year relationship with Contis, with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter.
Beauty queen and TV host Maggie Wilson has separated from her husband of 11 years, Victor Konsunji, she announced in September. Wilson and ConSunji were married in December 2010 and have a son, Connor, 9.
The couple did not give details of the reason behind the split nor when they agreed to the decision.
Haven Paralejo confirmed that she is now single in October, after deleting all her photos with Kiko Estrada on social media. The actress made the revelation in her latest vlog as she did the “Drink or Spill” challenge with her friends.
In late August, Perallejo and Estrada revealed they were a couple, but only a week later sparked new speculation when he appeared on social media breaking off their connection. This was Estrada’s second breakup in 2021.
Volleyball star Abi Marano was a trending topic on social media in October when her ex-boyfriend, Northport guard Robert Bolik, posted a photo on Instagram with another woman. Marano commented: “Solid naman ng vacation new. Hindi ko alam me bago ka na?” In a post that Bolik has since deleted.
Cosplay celebrity Alodia Gosiengfiao broke her silence in November and confirmed that she has ended her relationship with vlogger Wil Dasovich. Gosiengfiao posted a short message on his Facebook page, confirming their breakup. Gosiengfiao and Dasovich first confirmed their relationship in 2018.
Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez and her longtime partner Kate Jagdon have broken up. Jagdon confirmed this in an Instagram Story posted in November, saying it would be the last time she would address the issue.
Back in August, Gomez said she and Jagdon “have been together for six years, turning seven in a few months.”
Janine Gutierrez and Revere Cruz have broken up after four years together, a source close to the former couple confirmed with ABS-CBN News in November. “No third party was involved,” the source said. At the time of writing, neither Gutierrez nor Cruz have released a statement on their breakup.