The actress-singer says that the reason she came back to the Philippines was her estrangement from her Canada-based husband.
As part of the cast of Star Cinema'rsquo;s MMFF film entry Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'lsquo;To!, Nikki Valdez feels very lucky to be still included in the film'rsquo;s sequel. During the movie'rsquo;s press conference held at the Dolphy Theater last December 2, the singer-actress admitted though that she and her husband have been separated since last year when she returned to the country. Although she admits she has already consulted with a lawyer, Nikki says she is not ready to file for any legal action with her estranged husband. An emotional Nikki tried hard to hold back the tears when asked about her marriage status during the question and answer portion.
"We haven'rsquo;t really started with anything. Let'rsquo;s see, kapag emotionally stable na ako. I really don'rsquo;t know because we really haven'rsquo;t sat down (to talk) about it. I will update you kapag may nangyaring ganung usap. As of now, ni wala kami sa civil stage. Wala kaming we can go out and be friends. Hindi naman kami magkaaway, ano lang talaga kami yung tipong hi, hello," she says.
Nikki, who has a two-year-old daughter, Olivia, admits she wants to be able to at least be on civil terms with her Canada-based husband. "Wala kami yung talagang tanungan na tipong 'lsquo;oh how are you, are you coming here?'rsquo; Wala kaming ganung level of conversation, so ayoko magsabi kung ano talaga yung status namin. I guess we'rsquo;re really complicated in the sense that wala kaming na-reach na ganung level of communication. I guess matatagalan, but I pray na umabot kami sa ganun kasi may anak kami. Hindi naman tama kung maging ganun kami. Very unfair yun sa bata," she explains.
Nikki says she feels very thankful for the strong support group she has, that has helped her get back on her feet after deciding to leave Canada. Nikki shares that her mom was the first to know that she was planning to live apart from her husband.
"I already told my mom from the very beginning. I asked her and ang sabi niya sa akin, "Anak, when you got married, old enough ka na, pinalaya kita. So whatever your decision may be, susuportahan ka lang namin and that'rsquo;s what family is for 'lsquo;di ba? Kaya sila nandiyan. At suwerte nga ako sa mga ganitong panahon, may mga tao akong ganyan, may mga totoo akong kaibigan, who are really there to give me the right advice, hindi yung just for the sake of saying na makiki-dawdaw sila sa problema ko. I have good people around me and I'rsquo;m very, very thankful. Kaya siguro ganito ako ka-stable," she says.
During the press con, Nikki admits she is still in a very fragile state after what happened to her marriage. "May mga moments ako na iniisip ko na sana hindi naging ganun. Siyempre bago naman ako magpakasal, okay naman talaga kami. Sometimes it dawns on me na hindi ko pa rin akalain na may mangyayari sa aking ganun kasi nga role model ko yung parents ko at yung grandparents ko. Of course up to now, tao lang naman ako, very erratic ang emotion