The Filipino-German model and actor sets the record straight on his controversial breakup with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
Much has been said about the controversial breakup of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and her former beau, model-actor Clint Bondad.
But even so, many details still remain unclear — the question of who initiated the breakup or whether or not they’ve already separated during Catriona’s coronation in December, among many other queries, were left hanging. That is, until last Sunday night when Clint decided to set the record straight by addressing what the public has been itching to know. “Truthfully, this will make things so much easier for both of us professionally. I agree with everything that was mentioned in the interview,” he began, referring to Catriona’s tell-all interview on late night talk show ‘Tonight With Boy Abunda’.
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“I am just personally closing this chapter of our lives because it has become more practical to clear things up instead of having people approach me like zombies with puppy eyes or letting certain questions linger around for too long,” he added.
Clint started by first acknowledging the weight of Catriona’s career as the new reigning queen, citing that having to choose between a crown or a love life is a “trick question” and requires only common sense.
“The career of a beauty queen is so different in many ways to that of other career paths and even more extreme then that of an actor or puplic figure. Incomparable. Its a winner takes all situation and it kick starts everything into motion with an explosion, but on top of it all it's compressed into a single year of reign,” he said.
"It's the equivalent of sitting in a burning house and someone asking you, ‘Finish your chamomile tea or get your sweet ass out of here ASAP?!’ It's not a question about personal preference but urgent priority,” he added.
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The Filipino-German hunk also clarified that he and Catriona have indeed broken up prior to the coronation. Though, they didn’t get to have closure until after, when they finally had the chance to talk in private.
“However, it was actually me who eventually and actively pushed to make it official,” he said.
On which of the two was responsible for the breakup, Clint — in his own words — stated that he was only one who can be blamed for anything and everything, though his explanation was somewhat vague.
“I was massively depressed for a long time and I literally blamed anything and everyone except our relationship... I wouldn't even allow it in the realm of possibilities. But my protective personality and shielding of the relationship made me unable to see things clear and rational. It became counterproductive. Love truly can make you blind sometimes and make you do dumb stuff... No matter how smart you think you are. I felt like I had to do things that Cat never asked me to do and stopped things that I loved doing and persuing and even started feeling guilty for simply enjoying life. I ended up completely draining myself and became so exhausted that at the end there was little left of who I once was,” he said.
“But if Cat did anything then it's save me from myself. I am truly the only one who can be blamed for anything and everything. I failed, because the control was always with me all along. I just realized it too late. She knew I would rather go through complete death of my own persona then accept failure,” he added.
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But in spite of everything, Clint said that he still has the best interest of Catriona at heart, adding that he would’ve been heartbroken to see his former sweetheart without her crown on her head.
“I am glad things happened the way they did. Sure, maybe things could have been a bit different if the outcome would have been different too,” he said.
“Nobody can be blamed for things that simply happen and I actually believe that this is the best ever that could have happened for both of us. She will go down as the best Miss Universe in History,” he added.
It was Catriona who confirmed that she and Clint have put an end to their six-year relationship during her ABS-CBN grand homecoming late in February, through which she agreed to talk about her personal life in an exclusive interview. When asked how she balances her love life with her responsibilities as the newly crowned Miss Universe, the Filipino-Australian stunner clarified that she’s, in fact, single at the moment.
READ: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray confirms she is now single
“Well it's all about balance, whatever works for your personal life. But for me, wala akong love life ngayon," she said.
"So, I'm really focused on my Miss Universe journey, on being the best global representative that I can be, and also being a representative for the Philippines through and through," she added.