2020 was a notable time for new unions—KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde; Megan Young and Mikael Daez, to name a few—but this year has also seen its fair share of breakups. From James Reid and Nadine Lustre to Andrea Torres and Derek Ramsay, these are the celebrity couples that called it quits this year.
James Reid and Nadine Lustre
After three years of being together, celebrity couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre announced that they had parted ways in January. In a joint statement released via an episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda, the two confirmed months-long rumors about their supposed separation, saying, “It’s true that we have split up, but not for all the reasons that are being spread on the tabloids and social media, but because after quiet and mature conversations, we decided to focus on ourselves not only for our careers but more for our personal growth as we are still young and we want to achieve as much as we can.”
As an onscreen couple, James and Nadine had their breakthrough in 2014 via the big-screen romcom Diary ng Panget. But it wasn’t until later when their onscreen romance bled into real life. Their romantic milestone unfolded in February 2016, when James publicly declared his love for Nadine at the close of their joint concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
Daniel Matsunaga and Karolina Pisarek
Actor Daniel Matsunaga confirmed last March that he and his Polish girlfriend, Karolina Pisarek, have called it quits. He made the revelation in his response to a follower who asked about their relationship on Instagram.
The relationship of Daniel, 31, and Karolina, 22, had been the subject of speculation since late last year, after a Polish website published an article claiming that the couple has parted ways, allegedly, due to the former’s “infidelity”. The two first made public their relationship in October 2017.
(From Daniel Matsunaga's Instagram account)
Sarah Abad and Jay Contreras
Last May, Sarah Abad announced that she and her husband, Kamikazee frontman Jay Contreras, have called it quits after 11 years of marriage. In confirming the separation, Sarah said: “Please know that Jay and I will remain good friends and loving parents to our kids. It would be a new journey for both of us. This has been heartbreaking and painful, but always praying for strength and acceptance. Thank you.”
Sarah tied the knot with Jay in Paco, Manila in January 2009. They have two kids together, Kidlat Caia, 14, and Isla Eunan, 10.
Jerome Ponce and Mika Reyes
While they have yet to confirm the rumors, actor Jerome Ponce and volleyball player Mika Reyes were rumored to have broken up after it was revealed last October that they no longer follow each other on Instagram. On top of this, hawk-eyed fans also noticed that the two have wiped out traces of their relationship from their respective Instagram accounts. For her part, Mika has reportedly removed vlogs featuring Jerome from her YouTube channel as well.
Immediately after the update, the two became the trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines, with many accusing Jerome of cheating on Mika.
The couple had been dating for four years. The actor confirmed months-long speculation surrounding his relationship with the former De La Salle University athlete in February 2017.
(From Jerome Ponce and Mika Reyes' Instagram accounts)
Buboy Villar and Angillyn Gorens
Actor Buboy Villar and his American girlfriend Angillyn Serrano Gorens parted ways after being together for more than four years. The split was confirmed by Angillyn through her younger sibling, Veybillyn, in a report published by PEP.ph last October. “Naghiwalay kami ni Buboy two years ago, pero tinray pa rin naman namin i-work out pero we both realized na it wasn’t working na talaga," she said. “Mutual decision naman na maghiwalay kami at maging parents na lang sa mga anak namin. Feeling ko, mas naging okay naman both sides."
The two became a couple in February 2016. They have since welcomed two children, Vlanz Karollyn and George Michael.
(From ABS-CBN News)
Derek Ramsay and Andrea Torres
Just less than a year since they started dating, actor Derek Ramsay confirmed that he and actress Andrea Torres have gone their separate ways last month. Rumors about their split started after eagle-eyed fans noticed that the couple unfollowed and removed photos of each other from their respective Instagram accounts.
On November 19, Derek confirmed the breakup in a comment on Instagram, as he replied to one follower who blamed Andrea for the separation. "Please don't point the finger at anyone. There is nothing wrong with Andrea. She is a great woman," he said.
He also stressed that there was no third party involved in the split. "The breakup has happened so fast. Maybe two people are just not meant to be. Please respect us na lang. We shared our love to all of you, sana naman we can keep this to ourselves," he said.
Derek and Andrea, who co-starred in a primetime series, first confirmed their to the public in September last year. In previous interviews, the two had been vocal that they were ready to take their relationship to the next level.
(From ABS-CBN News)
Elha Nympha and Brian Gazmen
Just months after they went public with their relationship, singing champion Elha Nympha and her boyfriend Brian Gazmen were over. Brian, who is also a singer, confirmed their split in a TikTok video he posted last month.
"So a lot of people are asking, 'break na ba kayo?' I just have one answer. It is sad to say po na break na po kami ni Elha Nympha," he confessed. "Masyado pong mahaba 'yung istorya ng pag-break namin. Hindi po kakayanin ng isang TikTok video pero 'yun po ang totoo."
Shortly after Brian's admission, Elha posted on Instagram Stories what appears to be her response to his statement. "Ay sad ka pala hahahah. Wag po tayong pa victim. Pwede ako magsabi ng totoo. Still using me pa rin? May pahabol. Dami likes and shares. Na ol na lang. The audacity," she said.
The former couple, who met on the set of Magandang Buhay, first confirmed their relationship last August.
(From ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube Channel and Brian Gazmen's Twitter page)