For the past year, Kapamilya TV host-actor Robi Domingo has been included in the apple of the eye in showbiz.
His relationship to the volleyball player Gretchen Ho is also open to the public. Early in 2017, the couple announces that they have apparently decided to break up.
The two first began dating back in 2012 and they had been together for more than three years. Domingo first explained his love for Ho in an interview back in March 2013, saying: "Just thinking about her makes me smile for some reason. Being with her is a different kind of feeling. When I'm with her, I become more of myself. Ayaw ko 'yung 'You complete me' na 'yun pero I begin to discover myself more through her." The famous volleyball athlete is not also shy about expressing her feeling towards her partner. She even posted a sweet birthday message for Domingo. "To my best friend in the highs and lows and life's in-betweens, thank you for making me feel like a kid again every time. And for reminding me that no problem is ever big enough to defeat us. You have me, and I have you," she said.
Both have repeatedly said they would love to spend the rest of their lives together but were in agreement that it would be too early for them to be talking about settling down. The two added that their careers remain their priority.
Fans were quick to notice that both Domingo and Ho have stopped posting photos together on Instagram and started breakup rumors earlier January last year. Fans of the couple are shocked about the announcement and start speculation that the cause of the break up is a third party. Fans speculated that Domingo has been pursuing Korean pop star, Sandara Park. But the volleyball star athlete Gretchen Ho furthered that a third party did not figure in the split.
Gretchen Ho even released a statement about the linking of her former boyfriend Robi Domingo to the former member of 2NE1 group Sandara Park. Volleyball star and host Gretchen Ho had broken her silence and reacts to the intriguing issues about the two personalities, her former boyfriend Robi Domingo and Korean star Sandra Park. An episode of the late night shows Tonight With Boy Abunda where the host was interviewed and released a statement regarding her reaction to the intriguing issues. And this time, Gretchen stated her reaction is, "My gut feel says hindi siya totoo. I mean I know Robi and I trusted him a lot. And I know he's a good person so I don't think anything had happened between them while we were together. (My gut feel says, it is not true. I mean, I know Robi and I trusted him a lot. And I know he's a good person so I don't think anything had happened between them while we were together.)"
And on the other hand, as to issue that Gretchen's family were allegedly mad at Robi because of their break-up Gretchen only said that they are with her."Medyo nagtatanong sila kung bakit, kung ano ang nangyari pero nung in-explan ko naman … I think they're also with me sa proseso. (They asked slightly like why and what happened but when I explained it to them, I think they are also with me in the process, referring to moving on process)" she said. She even further stated, "I think one thing that's good with the both of us is that our families were close so there's a lot of respect."
The video of the episode from the said talk show program was uploaded and shared by the Youtube Channel ABS-CBN Entertainment. Based on the show, the host Boy Abunda said that both Sandara and Robi denied the report that their closeness with each other is allegedly the reason why Gretchen and Robi ended their relationship.
In the past months, lots of speculations still surfaced the online world about the real reason for the break-up and still forcing the issue that the Korean star Sandara Park is the reason. Yet the actor-host has kept mum about his involvement with a couple of women following his painful breakup with the athlete and fellow TV presenter Gretchen Ho. In his recent guesting on morning talk show "Magandang Buhay," the 28-year-old celebrity broke his silence and clarified the perennial issue involving him and Korean pop star Sandara Park.
It is a quite common issue in the showbiz industry that stars are linked with one other. Back in May of 2017, days after Robi and Gretchen announced their split, Sandara admitted on "Tonight With Boy Abunda" that even she was surprised to find out about the rumors linking her and Robi. She then attested that they are nothing more than friends. The news was announced on the late-night show of ABS-CBN "Tonight with Boy Abunda" through a joint statement that says "There is too much happening for the both of us right now," the statement said. "We have to focus on our careers. There is no appropriate time yet for a relationship to grow. But we're not closing our doors on each other in the future." She further said "Yes, close kami ni Robi. We're friends since like two to three years ago. I was worried nung lumabas yung issue na yan. Kasi baka dahil sa issue na yan, masira pa yung friendship naming. (Yes, Robi and I are closed to each other. We are friends since like two to three years ago. I was worried when the issue was exposed. Because the issue might destroy our friendship.)"
The actor-host Robi Domingo, on the other hand, explained that he believes Sandara deserves better, saying, "What Sandara deserves is a perfect guy kasi perfect girl siya. I'm not perfect. I try to be the perfect version of myself lang. (What Sandara deserves is a perfect guy because she is a perfect girl.I'm not perfect. I try to be the perfect version only for myself.)" He also denied the rumors that claim there was an interrupted romance between the two of them. Robi reiterated that he is not looking for romance after the break up last year. He said "Wala namang nangyaring ganoon, (Not happened like that, referring to the issue of interrupted romance between Sanadara Park.)" He added that "Ang pag-ibig, sabi nga ni Big Brother, darating 'yan sa takdang panahon. ... So sana, pero hindi ko siya ipipilit. Tinry ko siyang (ang puso) ko buksan pero wala pa siya sa mood. Wala sa tamang panahon, (Love, as to what Big Brother says, it will come at the right time. I hope so but I am not forcing it. I try to open, referring to his heart, but it seems it is not in the mood, not the right time)".
Aside from the former 2NE1 performer, Robi has been reportedly courting actress Yassi Pressman. However, the renowned TV host said that nothing was true about the rumors, stating that he and Yassi are just good friends. Since they both endorse the same brand of pizza, it is no surprise if they often see each other. And to his ex-girlfriend, he believes that they remain friends. He said "Kapag may mga event, may tapings, nagkakasama kami, okay naman, (If there are events, tapings that we are both parts of, we are okay.)" The actor-host also admitted that it has been almost a year that he is in the moving stage after their break with Gretchen Ho. He said "Parang hindi mo kasi maiiwasan na balikan 'yung memories, lalo na ang haba ng pinagsamahan po eh. Buti na lang kaya naging #robilib ang hashtag ko ngayong taon kasi nandiyan 'yung paniniwala na manunumbalik 'yung sigla, 'yung passion at nakatulong diyan ang pamilya at mga kaibigan ko, (It is like that you cannot recall the memories you shared with each other, especially the time you spent together is quite long. It is good that my hashtag for this year is #robilib because I have this belief that the happiness and passion will be back and my family and friends are a great help.)"