James Yap on Kris: It's up to her
True to form, and out of respect for the presidential inaugural, James Yap, the shy and soft-spoken estranged husband of Kris Aquino, has opted to remain quiet on their breakup, which was confirmed by Kris on her farewell appearance on the ABS-CBN talk show “The Buzz.”
“Respeto lang po kay Presidente Noynoy,” James told The STAR in a brief interview yesterday. “He will take his oath of office tomorrow at ayoko namang agawan siya ng eksena. Our country has a lot of problems. Ewan ko ba kung bakit ang problema namin ng asawa ko ang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng tao.”
A lot of people are taking Kris to task on why she has to steal the show from her Kuya Noynoy, who will be sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines tomorrow at austere ceremonies at the newly-renovated Quirino Grandstand. He’s doing away with the parade to cut costs. “Kris said on The Buzz that she has kept quiet for two years about her marital problem,” said a disappointed Kris fan. “If she had waited that long, couldn’t she have waited two weeks or two months more until after Noynoy had taken his oath of office and gotten settled in office before she spoke out about her domestic problem?”
Kris left home last week with sons Joshua and Baby James, leaving James alone at the new house in Makati they bought last year from the money they got from selling their conjugal home in Valle Verde in Quezon City. Asked if Kris broke up with him so that she and her sons could move to Malacañang by themselves, James said, “It’s up to her.”
Would he have wanted to move with them to Malacañang if he and Kris hadn’t broken up?
“Bakit ako lilipat doon, eh, may bahay naman akong tinitirhan?” Asked further what he plans to do now that Kris has publicly confirmed their breakup, James said, “It’s up to her,” insisting that no third party was involved in the breakup as there was none in their previous fights.
Meanwhile, here’s Kris’ text message to The STAR in reaction to the STAR story that she’s a “controlling” and “domineering” wife:
“That snippet of a conversation you printed occurred on April 26. And that wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back – it was what James told Baby James in front of me. Sorry but I can’t make public what it was. That’s why I kept my silence on The Buzz last Sunday. At three-years-old, my son is vulnerable and can be emotionally and psychologically damaged.”
“May I make it clear that I didn’t provoke that fight. We were keeping our distance from each other for several weeks when James exploded. Yes, I am guilty of many times saying I wanted out. But I have never involved our son. I have never said words that would hurt Baby James and negate his value as my child. I am trying to be decent and proper.”
“It isn’t valuing my feelings. You of all people and after all you have witnessed in all your years of being Ricky Lo you would know that infidelity once accused and, may I add, broadcast on national television and with lurid details thrown at your face, somehow no matter how it is denied and no matter how hard you may try to believe your husband, the very fact that you needed to be publicly humiliated and privately mocked just puts wounds in your heart and mind that don’t heal.”
“I have never controlled James. More than one year na nga akong hindi nakikialam sa kanya. We have been living under one roof but totally separate lives. I honestly felt I was near my breaking point last week – that I could easily have a nervous breakdown because of presenting an everything-is-OK picture to the world when my home life has been so unhappy for so long. I was tired of lying to the world and lying to myself.”
“Our lawyers discussed with Dondon Monteverde (James’ manager) last Saturday and they will meet with James’ lawyers in the next few days. Under the law, because of the kids I do have a right to our condo in Makati but if he refuses to vacate, ayoko ng gulo. My Mom
was insistent before that the practical thing to do was to ask for a prenup. James is smarter than you all give him credit for. He told me then na-in-insulto ang pagkatao nya and I was stupid enough to not insist.”
“I just want a chance to heal. Akala ng lahat ako lang yung madaldal at pwedeng masakit magsalita. Hindi nyo lang alam lahat ng insultong inabot na rin ng pagkatao ko sa years na pinagsamahan namin. I have shared all this with off the record. I am not asking you to take my side but just to see why I am firm in saying this is a separation that will be legalized and finalized.”
By the way, James said that he’s attending President-elect Noynoy Aquino’s inaugural tomorrow. After all, in spite of his and Kris’ domestic problem, he’s still very much a member of the family.